Designed , developed & Hosted By Kishoo, Barkur

Fr. Tony



This page is updated regularly, please refresh or reload on your visit.

Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better  known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:-

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our web site. As all of us know the need of spirituality in our daily life. We walk our faith journey trusting in God our creator and we are certain one day we will meet our creator God in Heaven. Meanwhile here on earth we need good insights to enlighten our minds and hearts in our spiritual life. in this column I will write articles which will be short and precise that may help our interested viewers to reflect on their own spirituality. I welcome others also to share their articles and reflections. This column is open to all the faith denominations. What is important is that we inspire each other on our own spiritual journey.

My sincere thanks to Kishoo de Barkur, the designer of this beautiful web site, and for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and reflection on our web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade


Introducing Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza  Bishop of Mangalore (India)   

According to the great jubilee 2000 edition of the Catholic Directory of India, published in 1998 by the C.B.C.I. (Catholic Bishop's Conference of India), there are 140 diocese in India and the Diocese of Mangalore is one among them. The Diocese of Mangalore is located in the southern part of India on the west coast and covers 9,425.01 sq. km. Total population is 3,957,071 and the Catholic population is 254,600. There are 154 parishes in the Mangalore Diocese, a number of convents, religious institutions, schools, colleges, medical schools, and various charitable institutions. The diocese has a mission station called "BIDAR" mission started by the late Bishop Basil S. D'Souza. Presently under the excellent leadership of Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza all of the institutions run smoothly following the motto "called to love and to serve one another."

 Bishop Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza with Fr. Tony and his mother Mrs. Benedicta Andrade

Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza is the 13th. bishop of Mangalore. He was born on June 21,1941 and ordained a priest for the diocese of Mangalore on December 3, 1966. He has served the diocese in various capacities. When he was the rector of St. Joseph's Seminary, which is the diocesan seminary for educating future priests, he was appointed auxiliary Bishop of Mangalore by Pope John Paul II in 1996. His Episcopal ordination was held on May 15, 1996.

After the unexpected death of Bishop Basil Salvador D'Souza, who had served as Bishop of Mangalor for many years, the diocesan seat was left vacant for a time.

Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza was formally appointed by Rome and installed as its 13th. Bishop on December 27, 1996 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, in the Diocese of Mangalore.

I met Bishop Aloysius personally 2 years ago when I visited the Raknno office, located in the bishop's house. My first visit was very pleasant and I felt very comfortable speaking with him. I admired his simplicity and kindness. He has a great gift for listening. He listens attentively to others in what they have to say before he responds. He loves the church and the faithful people of his diocese.

I believe we are truly blessed to have him as our bishop. I celebrated Holy Mass with him in Karkala when I went there for the feast of St. Lawrence, patron saint of the Karkala parish. He is a very good preacher and he celebrates the Holy Eucharist with great devotion and reverence.

Bishop Aloysius has a great love for the Bidar mission in the Mangalore Diocese.It is my pleasure to introduce our good and enthusiastic shepherd Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza to our web site viewers. I wish him the very best in his ministry and assure him of my humble prayers and support.

Fr. Tony Andrade.



Barkur, located in Udupi Taluk, Karnataka, India. 576 210

Copyright Kishoo, Barkur 2002.