Sculptor of Modern Madanthyar

On 10 May 1972 Rev. Fr Ligoury D’Souza, as a priest, arrived to Madanthyar and took firm steps to implement a plan that could change the very shape of Madanthyar by trusting in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He applied to the Government of Karnataka to open a high school, pre-university and a degree college through the Catholic Board of Education. As a result, on 29th June 1981, Sacred Heart High School came into existence and later, it converted into a Pre-University College. A year later in July 1982 Sacred Heart College, affiliated to Mangalore University was established. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Rodrigues was the founder Principal of Sacred Heart College. Fr. Ligoury D’Souza constructed a three-storey building for Sacred Heart College. But before those plans materialized, he was transferred to Kulasekhara Parish in Mangalore. Fr. D’Souza was the key factor in raising the academic standards through his memorable 11-year-long service. Envisioning higher education for Madanthyar has led thousands of knowledge seekers to find their careers at National & International level as well. His religious consciousness and spiritual encouragement are immense. The extraordinary service rendered by him is not only memorable but also immortalized in the pages of history and in the hearts of people. The Blessed One left this world on 2nd September 1985.

The Creator of Modern Madanthyar

Rev. Dr Fred V. Pereira took charge as the parish priest & correspondent of Sacred Heart Church & Sacred Heart Educational Institutions on 3rd June 1983. He visited people’s houses and observed the situation of people. He realized that though there was an opportunity for higher education, economically weaker people did not have the benefit of it. Fr. Pereira undertook two separate programmes. In 1984, he launched a house-building scheme and also made a system of providing interest-free loans to the needy irrespective of caste & religion. For college students, he introduced the ‘earn while you learn’ scheme. Through the scheme, many students became financially empowered to pursue higher education. The foundation stone laying ceremony was held for the college building on 10th June 1983 and construction work started with minimal resources. Undaunted by the great leadership, with faith in God, Rev. Father prepared the ground floor of the college for inauguration on 15th June 1984. The lower floor was built in 1984 with plans to open a Sacred Heart Hostel to accommodate distant students. Today, this ‘Vidyadegula’ is providing the highest level of education to thousands of students to brighten their lives.