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Welcome to the website of the Shimoga Diocese, India
DIOCESE OF SHIMOGA
"WE ARE EASTER PEOPLE AND ALLELUIA IS OUR SONG"
  • BISHOP FRANCIS SERRAO
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Happy Easter
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  Bishop Francis
SHIMOGA April 04, 2015
Easter Message

"WE ARE EASTER PEOPLE AND ALLELUIA IS OUR SONG"

 

   
Dear Friends
 
Easter Greetings from Shimoga
 
"We are Easter People and Alleluia is our song" - these words of St Augustine ring in my ears as I pen these few lines to send you my greetings on the occasion of Easter. Almost a year has passed since the Lord sent me on mission to this diocese, and the past year has been a time of graces and blessings and of immense consolation to me. This mission diocese of Shimoga is blessed with a wonderful band of enthusiastic, dedicated and loyal presbyterium, who have gone out of their way to support and encourage me in my first faltering steps in leading this diocese. The Religious in the diocese have been labouring shoulder to shoulder with the diocesan clergy in taking forward the mission we have received from the Lord to spend ourselves in the service of faith so that the fullness of life in Jesus Christ is made available to all in the territory of this small diocese. The Christian faithful have been my joy and my pride. Their simple faith, fervent devotion, docile attitude and unfeigned charity have been the real source of satisfaction and contentment. All in all we are really the Easter people and Alleluia always remains our song.
 
 
  1. Our mission of making the Risen Lord present and active in the daily life of our people, the poor, the marginalized, the persecuted and the oppressed everywhere in this diocese through our ministries in the pastoral, spiritual, educational, social and health care fields goes on steadily forward reaching out to more and more people thanks mainly to our friends, well-wishers and benefactors who are our valued partners in the shared mission. To them my heart goes out with gratitude on the occasion of Easter. I also recall with gratitude all those who are in active collaboration with us in this Diocese particularly the Religious. To them I send my Easter greetings. And, last but not the least my greetings go to Nuncio and his counsellors, to the Presidents of CBCI and CCBI, to the heads of various National Commissions and to my fellow Bishops from whom I have received encouragement, support, inspiration and guidance.
 
To all of you, dear friends, a big “Thank You” and warm greetings. I pray that the Risen Jesus be close to you, taking you by the hand and guiding your every step so that with St Augustine you too can sing: "We are Easter People and Alleluia is our song"
 
 
+ Francis Serrao SJ
Bishop of Shimoga
 
 
April 04, 2015
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