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History Of Holy Cross In Katapadi


Katapadi is placed in the coastal part of Karnataka, which has a great cultural back ground and there are various linguistic groups. Katapadi town is situated 7 kilometers away from Udupi town. Udupi is well-known all over the world for its temples, beaches, restaurants. The place is also known in the country for its education, banking and health-care institutions. Kannada, Tulu and Konkani – languages are spoken in the region.

Holy cross began in Katapadi in the year 1982. It was during the time of FR. JEAN CHARLES DESCARY CSC – as the District Superior, that Holy Cross was rooted in then, Diocese of Mangalore. Holy Cross had its beginnings in Tunduballe, in Shirva village of Udupi district. The formation venture started on 19th of June, 1977 in a rented house, under the pioneering leadership of Rev. Fr. Maurice D Souza CSC and Regent Bro. Michael K.J. There were some PUC candidates staying there, doing their studies in St. Mary’s College, Shirva

In 1980, Holy Cross came to Katapadi. The new plot of land of about 3.53 acres was bought from Mr. Late L. Pinto, Katapadi. The plot is situated in about half a kilometer distance from the N.H. 17, Udupi-Mangalore Road. It was then, a paddy field which was later turned into an orchard of coconut trees. Initially Holy Cross confreres stayed in a farm house. Ever since 1980, this place has served as the most conducive and appropriate place for formation work and other auxiliary ministries

The foundation stone for the formation house (HOLY CROSS STUDENTS' HOME) in Katapadi, of Udupi District - was laid on 31st of March, 1980. A two-storied building was completed in the year 1982. It was inaugurated and blessed on the 5th of May, 1982 - by Most Rev. Basil Salvador D’Souza (1965-96), Bishop of Mangalore. Year 2002 marked the 25th Year of Holy Cross presence in The Diocese of Mangalore. Keeping in mind the on-going formation-needs of the students, an additional structure was constructed in the year 2004

Though the Formation-House began on the regional basis – to select candidates and sent them for further studies after PUC, over the years, it has got a multi-religional colour. It accommodated people of various states of Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha for their PUC and Degree studies.


In this place the maximum population is Hindus then the Christians, but as my observance there are no problem with Hindus and Christians. There is unity among all the people, why I say there is unity is because when there is any celebration of Hindus, Christians go and help them and the vice versa. Not only is the celebration even other time as well, there good helping nature with all the people. Muslim population is less comparing and there is peace I feel among the all the people.

Here there are people of all castes and I don’t think that there is so much discrimination among the people. Because all the people have good education in this place, people have understood the value of education and the so called the lower class people even do their higher studies as well.