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ABOUT US

To trace the origins of the Resurrection Church parish, we need to go back one

hundred years in time…

In 1920, the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

purchased a property on what was then the outskirts of Bangalore, Old Madras

Road (Swami Vivekananda Road). The original convent, a humble dwelling

known as “Lourdes Villa” (now a heritage building), was blessed in 1922 by the

Bishop Dr Teissier, accompanied by Rev Fr. Fego, a Chaplain of the Good

Shepherd community on Museum Road.

In the same year, the French Sisters started the St. Michael’s Home for unwed

mothers and orphans, and entered into many charitable and philanthropic

activities. Through the will and grace of God reflected in their service, 17

families residing in the area received the gift of God in Baptism from the St.

Michael’s Home Chaplain. Thus, the Catholic village of Michaelpalya was

formed, and the seed for a Catholic community was laid in the area which

would later come to be known as Indiranagar.

But more than 50 years would pass before they would have their own parish

church.

Initially, the faithful belonged to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ulsoor

(Halasuru), which was established in 1938. As the community grew, the Good

Shepherd Church in Murphy’s Town was established in 1967. But with a large

and growing community, the need for a new Church was felt. And so, on land

provided by the Good Shepherd Sisters, the foundation for a church was laid by

His Grace, Archbishop Arokiaswamy in 1976. Three years later, on 29 th

December 1979, Resurrection Church was blessed and opened by His

Eminence, Cardinal Lourduswamy.

For the first 7 years, the Church was placed as a sub-station to the Good

Shepherd Church and the same Parish priest functioned for both churches.

Initially, it functioned purely for Sunday morning Masses by visiting priests (Fr.

Varkey, Fr. Lumen Monteiro, Fr. Tony Thampi Kayala, Fr Herve Morrisett, Fr.

Joe Alphonse, Fr. V. Schembry and Fr. Ignatius). In 1984, daily Masses were

introduced, and by Christmas Day, the hitherto large open spaces inside the

Church were filled with a set of brand new pews. Finally, on November 1 st

1986, the Resurrection Church became a parish with Fr Varkey Valluttuthotil

as the first Priest in charge.


Over the next 30 years, the Resurrection Church slowly grew from its modest

beginnings to its current stature through the vision, support and commitment of

its Parish priests and parishioners.

Although there was a Parish priest, there were no residential facilities for him.

For 2 years, the Parish priest relied on the benevolence of the adjacent Montfort

Brothers of St. Gabriel. To address this need, the next Parish priest, Fr. T.

Antony Swamy built and completed the Presbytery in 1988.

There was no church bell, an essential element for a parish church. A special

fund was collected with generous contributions from the parishioners in 1987.

However, the church tower was too weak to support the bell and further

contributions were collected to build a belfry. Finally, on 15 th August 1989, a

93kg bronze bell was installed and inaugurated.

Due to the construction of houses in extensions like Indiranagar, Thippasandra,

and DRDO Colony, the number of parishioners rapidly grew. The parish did not

have a multi-purpose community hall to cater to the various activities of the

church. Catechism classes were held under the trees and during rainy season,

classes were either cancelled or shifted to the verandas of St. Michael’s convent.

The religious associations’ meetings and choir practice were accommodated

inside the Church, disturbing the worshippers and serenity of the Church.

In the early 1990’s, shortly after Fr. I Anthappa’s appointment as Parish Priest,

an annexe to the Church with three rooms for meetings and other purposes and

a much-needed toilet were constructed. Easter being the Parish feast, a special

Triduum was introduced and Holy Week services were conducted in the open.

With the arrival of Fr. A. Francis Xavier, the Holy Week services were further

enhanced with an emphasis on commentary and attention to liturgical details.

A Marriage and Employment Bureau was initiated. Catholic associations and

organizations like St Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, St Michael’s

Association, St Sebastian’s Welfare Association were active. A youth group

supported by Seminarians from Kristu Jyothi college (SDB) met regularly and

engaged in social service and activities such as taking part in the choir, fund

raising, conducting sports, carol singing and other programmes at Christmas

time- activities that have continued over the years till date.

The Church depended on regular contributions from the parishioners for the

Church repairs and painting and other administrative matters. The acute

shortage of water was a long-standing problem which was overcome in the

1990’s when the pipes were connected to the main and with the help of a

generous donor, a pump was installed. The parishioners came together in 1993


to run a “Fancy Fair” to raise funds. It was similar to the current Mission

Sunday celebrations with an auction [coconuts and chickens], raffle draw, food

sale and games. Apart from the good spirit engendered, the funds raised were

spent mainly on the repairs of the Church roof.

As the Archdiocese had no schools in the area, in 1987, a piece of land behind

the TB Sanatorium that had been gifted by the Good Shepherd Sisters to the

Archdiocese, was handed over to the Resurrection Church for the explicit

purpose of starting a school, a Technical school and a community hall. The

Resurrection School was an urgent need and started functioning in June 1993.

The Congregation of St Anne’s accepted the task of running the school and the

school was handed over to them on a contract.

The Resurrection Technical Training Centre, funded by “Misereor” of

Germany, was blessed and opened by His Grace Archbishop Alphonse Mathias

on 11 th May 1996. It provided vocational skill training in tailoring, welding

fabrication, electrical house wiring, etc for both boys and girls. Over 90 poor

youth were enrolled per year. Scholarships were made available for deserving

candidates. The community hall, the Chemmanur Joseph Memorial hall, was

built on the first floor of the same building. Parishioners made appreciable

donations for the same.

In the year 2000, Fr. Norman Bernard was appointed Parish Priest and during

his 6-year tenure, the Parish grew in numbers as also in matters spiritual.

Adoration services every Friday became the weekly norm with lay involvement

and responsibility for conducting these twice in the month. Weekly intercessory

prayer services were started on Wednesdays. Biennial Retreats were held with

the help of teams from the Divine Retreat Centre. The beautiful Parish hymnal

“Harmony” was the unique compilation effort of Fr. Norman prior to the Parish

Retreat in 2004. During this time, the pews were also replaced.

From 2002 onwards, the Resurrection Technical Training Centre and the Parish

Community Hall had become unviable, resulting in a decision to discontinue

working and leasing of premises to “IDIOM Design and Consulting Limited”.

The commercial lease was concluded in March 2005 between the Archbishop

and the firm, the revenues going to the Archbishop’s House, with the intent to

plough back the resources to future re-building of the Resurrection Church.

Although a cross-sections of Churches were visited, the plans for a new

building could not be completed.

Following the appointment of Monsignor B. Joseph Francis as the Parish

Priest in 2006, the plans for a “mega” church as desired by the Archbishop were


completed. While the new Church cum Presbytery & Pastoral Centre was found

favourable, they were eventually shelved. With a parishioner’s charitable

donation for altar renovation and the availability of parish funds, the altar was

redesigned with the help of a Designer & Contractor parishioner, Mrs Rita

Moses. Modifications included relocation of the Sanctuary with a new

tabernacle, laying the altar floor, lectern and nave with red and white polished

marble, as well as setting icons on the façade of the altar. A false ceiling with

lights and an overhead projection facility was also installed. A new audio

system was installed in late 2009.

In 2010, Monsignor C. Francis took over as the Parish Priest. Despite the new

Church building plans being shelved, Msgr Francis’s initiative and dynamism

paved the way for the new Presbytery and Pastoral Centre. Many

parishioners contributed towards this long-cherished dream. The building

construction commenced on 27 th September 2011, and it was inaugurated by His

Grace, Archbishop Bernard Moras on 3 rd February 2013. Finally, the Church

had adequate residential facilities for the clergy, visiting religious, rooms for

Catechism classes and Auditoria. Later during his tenure, the compound wall

was rebuilt, the grounds paved to facilitate parking, a grotto was built and

CCTV cameras were installed. The evening Sunday Mass was introduced to

meet the spiritual needs of working professionals. The Church was recognized

for being one of the highest Mission Sunday contributors in the Archdiocese.

In 2015, Fr. John Solomon was appointed the Parish Priest. His tenure was a

time of consolidation of the rapid growth of the church. Administration was

streamlined and Parishioner records were meticulously maintained. The statue

of Divine Mercy and the Redeemer in Death, a glass case for Mother Mary,

much-needed cushions for the kneelers and the beautiful Holy Spirit symbol

above the tabernacle were installed. The Konkani and Latin Malayalam services

were also initiated during his tenure. Although plans to resolve the recurring

water crisis was initiated, it could not be completed.

In 2019, Fr. Balraj R took over as the Parish Priest. Much needed repairs were

made to the Church and the compound walls. The interiors of the Church were

painted, and a new set of lights was installed for the Altar and the Church. The

Church’s long standing reliance on water tankers for adequate water supply

finally ended with the digging of a new bore well. With importance given to

gardening, the Church has become greener. The Church Website was renewed

and updated.

The Resurrection Church has grown steadily into a sizeable parish, well known

for its generosity, innovation and liturgical commitment. We hope and pray it

continues to progress as a vibrant spiritual family bringing glory to Almighty


God and never failing in proclaiming the message of salvation of Jesus Christ,

our Lord and Saviour.

Compiled from the contributions of: Vice Admiral Adolph Britto, Wing

Commander Davis George, Mr M.A. Das, and the Church records