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Church of St Francis Assisi at Tallur set for May 12 inauguration

The church with a history of 87 years is located in central part of Tallur.


Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo of Udupi will inaugurate the newly built church of St Francis Assisi at Tallur on May 12. The church is shaped after the star and is unique in the state of Karnataka.

The church with a history of 87 years is located in central part of Tallur, which is growing fast. This is the only church offered to St Francis Assisi in Udupi and Mangaluru Diocese.

Bishop Lobo will offer the first Eucharistic service in the new church, and also preside over a felicitation function to be held after the holy mass. Other programs for the occasion include a stage programme, fellowship meal and a performance of Kannada drama 'Heluvanthadalla'.

St Francis Assisi church is backed by a long history. There was no prayer centre for Christians from Tallur region before 1929. They had to go to Holy Rosary church in the town to offer prayers. There was a plea from devotees to set up a separate church at Tallur. Rev Fr Peter Remegias D' Souza in 1928 purchased land in Tallur and constructed small hut. The Christian community in Tallur then constructed a new church in 1959. Nineteen priests have served in the church till now.

Foundation stone for the proposed new building was laid on October 20, 2012. The project cost for the renovated church building including residence for the priests was around Rs 3.5 crore. Shilpi architects based in Kerala designed the building.

From the outside, the church building looks like a star. The church has entrance from three sides through similar doors. The windows have been placed in such a way that they allow abundant light and air to enter into the building which is 140 feet wide and 113 feet high with a total area of 10,800 square feet. The church has enough space to accommodate 600 devotees.

St Francis Assisi church has jurisdiction over Tallur, Uppinakudru, Hemmady, Devalkunda, and Hattinangadi villages. There are 896 members spread over 220 families in these villages that are served by this church.

Source: Times of India

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