ST ANTONY’S CHAPEL
Kerekatte, Basrur P.O. – 576 211
Kundapur Taluk, Udupi District
TELEPHONE : 74 7248
LOCATION: St Anthony’s Chapel, Kerekatte, the sub-station of St Philip Neri’s church, Basrur, is situated at a distance of 30 kms from Basrur church on the Kundapur-Balebare Ghat Road.
PRIEST IN CHARGE: Rev. Fr Gerald Pinto, Basrur
CATHOLIC POPULATION: Total : 124 Male : 60 Female : 64
CATHOLIC FAMILIES: 22
PARISH WARDS: 1
Kerekatte was a place known for the devotion of St Antony by the people of all the religions in the neighbourhood during the time of the Portuguese. Some Hindus who found the wooden statue of St Anthony while ploughing a field, kept it by the road side and used to worship it. Bl. Joseph Vaz might have seen this miraculous statue and it is believed that he blessed it and had it erected in a thatched shed. People of Kerekatte and the surrounding villagers used to come to the statue to worship it. A shrine was erected by Bishop Victor R. Fernandes. Fr Placid Pereira built a small shed over here in 1967. Rev. Fr Joe Mary Shenoy is responsible for renovating this sub-station and erecting a 13 feet high statue of St Antony on March 15, 1977. Mr Joseph D’Costa, a local man carved this statue. The chapel is served from Basrur. It is well known in the vicinity for the devotion of St Antony.