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Azamgarh


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. Francis Xavier
Year of Establishment1934
Parish PriestFr. Louis Braggs
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Sanjay Bharati
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics65
AddressSt. Francis Xavier Church Atlas Pokhra Azamgarh, U.P. 276001 05462-220552, 220080
ReligiousSrs 04
AboutFrom the records of Allahabad, it is clear that Azamgarh was a visiting station by Bolognese Capuchin fathers. In 1906, it was visited from Gorakhpur. In 1912 and 1913, it was visited from Benares. But in the later years it was completely abandoned. In 1933 a property of Mr. Barber was bought which had two large houses with a large compound. Fr. Paschal Sinha was appointed the first resident priest. Fr. Sinha found the place very dry despite his hard efforts to have some people to be parishioners. In 1937 Fr. A. Rodrigues with the help of two Franciscan Missionary Brothers tried to do some mission work in the surroundings areas without much success. The short-lived diocesan congregation of Brothers was started here. For some time there was also a small technical training school. For some years Azamgarh also became the diocesan pastoral centre. In 1970 Jyoti Niketan School was started. Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles opened their house in 1971. Though it was the diocesan pastoral centre, evangelical and catechetical work did not find a fertile ground in Azamgarh. The school has picked up its popularity with a good number of students from the Muslim locality. The number of Catholics has got limited only to the school employees and a few families who came and settled there from other places. In the place of old presbytery a new one has come up and construction of a new church building is nearing completion.

Bahadurganj


DeaneryGhazipur
Patron SaintSt. Pius X Church
Year of Establishment1984
Parish PriestFr. Christanand Xess
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics310
AddressSt. Pius Church Bahadurganj, Via Kasimabad Ghazipur, U.P. 275201 9450239798
ReligiousSrs 03
AboutIn 1984 Bahadurganj parish was established. Formally it was part of Tajopur. Fr. Paschal Serrao was appointed there. He bought a piece of land there. Fr. Satyawan built the parish house. From 1997 this Parish has resident Priest. Dina Sevana Sabha (DSS) sisters joined the ministry in 1999 and began the work with a dispensary adjacent to the convent building. Mau, Fatima hospital sisters were visiting the station with a mobile dispensary and community health programme until DSS sisters opened a dispensary there. The DSS convent at Bahadurganj was blessed on July 19, 2000. A primary school was established in 2006, and now it has grown up to class VI. The number of families and people in contact with the church has gone higher. The catechetical and evangelical work is taking a fruitful development among the people. In the year 2012 a beautiful church was blessed under the supervision of the parish priest, Fr. Anand Prakash.

Baijalpur


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintOur Lady of the Rosary
Year of Establishment1976
Parish PriestFr. Rajesh Masih
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics629
AddressOur Lady of Rosary Church Seva Sadan, Baijalpur P.O. Via Rasra, Ballia Dt. 221712 9415971895
ReligiousSrs 06
AboutThis was a sub-station of Francispur Parish. In 1976, it was erected as a separate Parish and handed over to Norbertine Fathers. After a few year they left the Parish to the care of Diocesan priests. In 1972, Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) opened a convent there. They served the Parish till 1983. The Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles are working here from 1986. SRA sisters run a health centre. In late 80s a primary school was built under the supervision of Fr. Cyriac from Francispur. Later a piece of land was purchased to build a church and parish house out side the village. Fr. Francis Vyagappan began the construction of the church, presbytery along with convent. Thus Church building was brought outside the village for better functioning. Now it is a well-established parish with many vocations for religious life. Later the school also shifted to the newly purchased land outside the village. There is a plan to upgrade the school into Junior High School. The property in the village continue to be there.

Ballia


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintOur Lady of Health Church
Year of Establishment1970
Parish PriestFr. Simon P.
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics70
AddressOur Lady of Health Church Amritpali, Ranisagar Ballia U.P. 277001 05498-222875
ReligiousSrs 08
AboutThis Parish was started in a rented house in the town by Fr. Atul Muriankary, now situated on the outskirts of Ballia, five kilometers from the railway station. In his ministry of seven years as the first Parish Priest, Fr. Atul was able to do much to establish it on a sound footing. The land was gifted to the mission for its various services for the villagers. There is a pokhra within the campus. Once in a year people come for Chhat pooja to the pokhra. The Chhat Pooja is a major event in the locality. People come for the pooja at the sunset and sunrise around the water tank. The parish tries to do all that is possible for people to have their ritual without any difficulties. In 1971, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod joined Fr. Atul to establish the school. Holy Cross sisters run the school and it has been raised up to Intermediate having the strength of more than two thousand students With continuous pastoral care, the presence of small flock of Catholics is becoming significant. The pilgrimage on the occasion of the Nativity of Our Lady is an important annual event.

Benipur


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. Thomas the Apostle
Year of Establishment1988
Parish PriestFr. Naveen IMS
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics338
AddressSt. Thomas Church Jan Seva Ashram Benipur, Christnagar P.O. Varanasi, U.P. 221003 0542-2626524
ReligiousFrs. 06; Brs 2 Srs 18
AboutIn the month of May 1973, Fr. Virendra, IMS took up missionary apostolate in the area by encouraging in several social and developmental works. To felicitate the works he put up four ashrams in the villages around Christnagar namely Lodhan, Deshnipur, Kanudih and Benipur. The Ashram at Benipur was blessed and inaugurated on October 02, 1977 and Brs. Rajesh and Anslem started staying there. Gradually on August 15, 1988 this was ecclesiastically erected as Benipur Parish. Fr. Vimal succeeded Fr. Virendra as the priest in charge of Benipur. Frs. Vinod, Jerome, Praful, Sagar, Shashikant, Abhishiktanand and Manohar served the mission. Under Fr. Premraj leadership assisted by Fr. Satyajit the mission at Benipur grew to its present heights. Fr. Premraj's enexpected death left a great void in the mission. Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles opened a convent and dispensary at Bhusaula. Later they also opened a formation house for the tertians, Sanjeevani. The Congregation of Jesus Sisters from Allahabad have opened a house in the same year with ministry of social animation, and took up the school at Kanudih.

Bhadohi


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment1981
Parish PriestFr. Harshanand
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Amal Dass
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics133
AddressSt. Mary’s Church Nai Bazar P.O. Bhadohi, U.P. 221409 05414-278635
ReligiousSrs 08
AboutIn 1981, Fr. Francis Machado opened a School at Nai Bazar. Congregation of the Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles offered their Services to run the School. Along with school a need was felt to do the evangelization work among the carpet workers. Bhadohi, being the centre of carpet industry, many labourers come from Chatisgarh, Chotanagpur and other adivasi areas to work in the carpet industries. The parish took up the responsibility of establishing relationship with carpet workers and provide for the spiritual guidance. Frs. Thomas Lakra, Thomas Beck and Marianus Kerketta are much remembered for their work among carpet workers. Sisters of Helpers of Mary joined with another mission of health ministry for the TB and leprosy patients. In 2013 a piece of land was purchased at Pachwal and the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Mother Mary started their first house. They are involved in family visits and education of the children of surrounding area.

Bhimpura


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Jude
Year of Establishment1994
Parish PriestFr. Joseph D’Souza
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Felix D'Souza
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics483
AddressSt. Jude Church Baharpur Village, Bhimpura No.1 P.O. Ballia Dt., U.P. 221716 9452830780 (PP)
ReligiousSrs 05
AboutBhimpura was part of Jamwaon Parish. In 1994 Fr. Ishwara-nand started to stay in this place. This place is situated in the middle of three parishes - Francispur, Indara and Jamwaon. Sisters of Our Lady of Providence began the health ministry in 1997. The parish includes the ministry of health, education and social animation. A boarding was established by Fr. Vijay Shantiraj to help the boys to attend the school comfortably and later on it was closed. A Hindi medium school was started and later in the year 2011 it was converted into an English medium school. Pastoral care holds the greater prominence in the mission at Bhimpura.

Bhitri


DeaneryGhazipur
Patron SaintSt. Joseph
Year of Establishment1984
Parish PriestFr. Abhishek, IMS
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics15
AddressSt. Joseph’s Church Prerana Sadan, Shanti Nagar Ekkvaspatti, Bhitri P.O. Ghazipur, U.P. 233304 05495-214026
ReligiousBrs. 01; Srs 05
AboutFrom September 1981, Br. Viswas, IMS while staying in Nandganj has been visiting Saidpur with the intension of starting a mission there. By June 1982 he shifted to a rented house in Saidpur and intensified his apostolic activities. By July 1984, Br. Vivekanand, IMS joined him and together they worked there until July 1989. Then Br. Viswas was transferred and Fr. Abhishiktanand was appointed in his place. In 1990 a plot of land was purchased in Bhitri about 8 kilometers from Saidpur. Then Fr. Abhishiktanand and Br. Vivekanand shifted from Saidpur to Bhitri and started to reside there and built priest house, convent and school. Br. Rajesh replaced the team. Later Fr. Alex was appointed for two years. After him Frs. Devanand, Kuldeep, Dharmendra succeeded. Fr. Naveen and Br. Vinay Prakash were doing the work of evangelization and social animation very effectively. Holy Cross sisters joined the station in teaching in the school and doing catechetical, social and health work.

Birabhanti


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment1947
Parish PriestFr. Telesphore Kerketta
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Akashdeep
Priests of the ParishFr. Felix Raj
No. of Catholics2997
AddressFatima Church Fatima Nagar, Birabhanti P.O. Ratasi, Ballia Dt. U.P. 221709 9415371586
ReligiousSrs 03
AboutFor a long time Birabhanti was a sub-station of Francispur. Franciscan Missionary Brothers were the pioneers of this Parish. For many years they served the people around, many of whom accepted the faith. The name of Fr. Laurent, OFM. Cap., will always be remembered for his dedicated service in this Parish. The Church was blessed on October 6,1968. Sisters of Apostolic Carmel opened a convent in 1971. They are fully involved in the catechetical and evangelization and educational work in the mission. The girls boarding serves with a great encouragement for village girls to be regular to school where girls' education was being greatly neglected. The Maids of the Poor sisters were engaged in medical ministry till September 2008. There is a boarding house for boys and another for girls. The boarding house does a great service by admitting Catholics, specially girls to encourage them for study and empower them for a brighter future.

Chandauli


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. John the Baptist
Year of Establishment2005
Parish PriestFr. Maurice D’Souza
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Prakash Das, Fr. Victor Dennis
No. of Catholics53
AddressSt. John The Baptist Church Katsila, Jagdisarai Post Chandauli, U.P. 232104 05418-212189, 9415226780
ReligiousSrs 07
AboutChandauli was bifurcated from Varanasi district with Chandauli as district headquarter. In 2003 the diocese decided to open a school in the district headquarter. Fr. Lawrence Mendonca was asked to execute this task. Residing in Ramnagar he worked to find a piece of land and in August 2003 he bought about five acres of land in the vicinity of Chandauli town. In April 2004 he bought another piece of land for an approach road from the irrigation canal to the school campus. In a couple of months boundary wall was built, a tube well was sunk and a culvert on the irrigation canal was built. As the access to the land became feasible to get the materials for construction, foundation stone for the school was laid on January 15, 2005. In a couple of months administrative block and a few class rooms got ready. On April 21, 2005 the school building was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Patrick D'Souza. Though there were a few children the classes started immediately and was closed for summer vacation. The sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (SABS) joined on the staff of the school. On June 30, 2005 Fr. Lawrence started to reside in Chandauli and three sisters too started to reside in the school campus. As there was no place of worship a class room was turned into a chapel and the sisters were accommodated in the staff room. In the beginning there were only four communicants i.e. the celebrant and three sisters. In the meantime some people living close to the town started coming and also the employees of the school. A good number of Khrist Bhaktas too attend the Sunday service. A Church was built in the year 2013. At Sakaldiha in Chandauli parish the Diocese has started Amar Jyoti School for the Blind boys. Sacred Heart Sisters have joined to serve the school.

Chuharpur


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. Paul
Year of Establishment1998
Parish PriestFr. Promod Kumar
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Amalraj Chellakan
No. of Catholics311
AddressSt. Paul Church Yesu Dham Ashram Chuharpur, Narayanpur P.O. Varanasi Dt. U.P. 221104 0542- 2239313, 9451003359
ReligiousSrs 03
AboutFrom 1995 Fr. Amal Raj started to work here with the cooperation of IMS Fathers of Matri Dham Ashram. Fr. Amal Raj lived in the village and had contact in 55 villages. SRA Sisters joined the ministry the following year and began to live in the village. The Diocese bought a piece of land near Chaubepur. Since the high caste did not want the Christian presence there, we could not go ahead establishing a parish there. Then the Diocese started negotiating another piece of land near Chuharpur. Meantime Fr. Amal Raj was transferred and Fr. Ishwaranand took charge of this Parish in July 1998. On March 10, 1998, Queen of the Apostles Sisters joined the ministry here, living in Chuharpur village. The station continues to be one of the Ashrams for Khristbhaktas for prayer once in a week. A small chapel is built in the ashram style. In 1998 a piece of land was bought and the construction of Priest's House, Convent and Church began. The priest's House and the convent were blessed on December 20, 1999. The Church was blessed on March 06, 2000.

DLW


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. John the Baptist
Year of Establishment1963
Parish PriestFr. Susai Raj
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Kasper Manimaran
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics536
AddressSt. John The Baptist Church D.L.W. Varanasi, U.P. 221 005 0542-2270792
ReligiousSrs 09
AboutIn 1963, at the request of the administration of Diesel Locomotive Works a higher secondary school was started. The priest principal also served the spiritual needs of the Catholics of the Railway Colony. St. John's School is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the city. It is on the lease land of the diesel locomotive works in Varanasi. The school has a spacious playground and an auditorium built in the process of its development. The school serves not only the children of railway colony but also children from other areas. The Sisters of the Queens of the Apostles opened a house to help out in the school right from the beginning. In 2005 Sisters of Providence GAP have opened a convent within the campus of St. John's, DLW. Both congregations SRA and GAP sisters do the ministry of teaching in the school and pastoral ministry in the parish. In 2013-14 the residential area of priests and sisters was renovated. Lately on August 15, 2014 the newly renovated church was blessed by the Administrator, Diocese of Varanasi. INSTITUTIONS 1. St. John's Convent (SRA) - Superior : Sr. Lima, SRA 2. Sisters of Providence of GAP - Superior : Sr. Vardhani, SPG 3. St. John's School - Principal : Fr. Susai Raj

Francispur


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Francis of Assisi
Year of Establishment1936
Parish PriestFr. John Abraham
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Brayn Barel
Priests of the ParishFr. Manuel C. , Fr. Gyan Prakash , Fr. John Masih, Fr. Prem Chand
No. of Catholics1655
AddressSt. Francis of Assisi Church Francispur Ashram Parsia P.O., Via Rasra Ballia Dt. U.P. 221 712 05491-225081
ReligiousSrs 13
AboutThe first visit paid by the Catholic Missionary to the village of Parsia near Rasra was in November 1936, when there was not a single Catholic there. Hearing that there were many people in the district of Ballia inclined to join the Church, Fr. Francis Pillay, a diocesan priest of Allahabad, started visiting regularly some villages about three or four miles away from Rasra Railway Station. The work was not easy. It meant that he had to stay there in a small tent for half a week in the scorching sun during summer and in the biting cold during winter. Also the distance from Gorakhpur to Rasra implied many sacrifices. Practically the whole day was spent in traveling. The sacrifices made by Fr. Pillay bore fruits sooner than was expected. In April 1937 two Missionary brothers of St. Francis from Mount Poinsur were sent by the Bishop to help Fr. Francis Pillay who up to this date was aided in catechizing by one or two catechists. In June of the same year a house of mud (18 × 12 ft) was built and it was used as a chapel, dining room, dormitory and visiting room. This house had a verandah on two sides. With the coming of two brothers the work of evangelization was carried on more systematically and energetically. The ever increasing work at this centre on the one hand and the incompatibility of the parish work miles away with that of the mission demanded the appointment of another priest who could work exclusively in the mission. Hence in June 1937 Fr. Anthony Rodrigues, a diocesan priest of Allahabad who was working as assistant parish priest in the cathedral of Allahabad was transferred to Azamgarh from where he could work at Rasra. This placement was done because there was no house where he could stay at Rasra. While Fr. Francis Pillay was still allowed to visit Belthara Road, situated at the vicinity of Gorakhpur district. Soon after the arrival of Fr. Anthony Rodrigues, in 1937, at his new station, had the happiness of baptizing a small village of about 50 souls. The work was now pushed ahead more than ever and every month the number of converts swelled by twenties and forties. Apart from the troubles and difficulties which our zealous Missionaries could not avoid such as the distance from Gorakhpur, the fact that Fr. Anthony had to travel twice a week to and from Azamgarh the want of a rest house and food and also the fact that our Missionaries have often to teach at night sometimes as late as 10 o'clock because during the day the villagers are working in their fields. There was not very serious opposition on the part of the people of other faith, though sometimes even from the very beginning some one or another tried to prevent conversions by frightening Fr. Pillay's converts. A little more than a year later there came a mass opposition on the part of Arya Samajists. These held meetings in every village to counter a growing influence of Catholicism, making rosy promises and offering easy terms to our converts if these would return to Hinduism. When this ruse failed they exhorted the relatives and friends of the converts to outcaste the later and stop sharing with them their wells, seeds and even smoke, Hukka. These attempts too proved abortive. With regard to schools from the very beginning Fr. Pillay opened one or two small schools the catechists being the teachers. The brothers helped Fr. Anthony in this work. The Missionaries were also doctors and pleaders. In fact it is on account of the earnest and successful pleading on the part of Fr. Francis Pillay for the just causes of these oppressed villagers in the courts, that these poor people took to the missionaries and the religion in which they found the Truth and real depth of Love. By the year 1940 number of the Catholics at Francispur and in the surrounding villages was over 840. Thus Fr. Francis Pillay had initiated the Centre at Rasra in 1936, and many diocesan priests of Allahabad laboured here along with Franciscan Missionary Brothers. Msgr. Leo, V.G., blessed the earlier church in 1941. In 1947 it was given to the Canadian Capuchin Fathers. Many mission stations were started from this present parish. Among many missionaries who worked here, Fr. Francois Marie would always be remembered in connection with this parish. Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles (SRA) opened their house in 1947. Sisters saw a great need of hostel for girls. They also adopted some orphan children and made the hostel as their home and looked after these children till they were married and settled. The result of this, there are several daughters of Francispur boarding, who are already married and well settled. As church grew, number of catholics has grown much in Francispur parish. The church building would not accommodate more people. In 2006, Fr. Anthony Muttu built the new church. Bishop Patrick D'Souza blessed the Church. There are two boarding houses, one for boys from class III to V and the other for girls from class VI to X. In view of animating the people around Rasra Fr. Ivan Joseph began a centre, Centre for Rural Development (CRD). Later on Fr. Cyriac Kuruvilla purchased a piece of land at Rasra-Nagra road with a view to open an English medium school so that our Catholics in the village area could benefit. This school has grown having about 2200 children. The school is entrusted to UMI sisters. Hindi medium school began in the year 1939 and entrusted to SRA Sisters and later on it was handed over to Diocesan Priests. It is raised into an intermediate college in 2015.

Gazipur


 
Deanery Ghazipur
Patron Saint Our lady of Lourdes
Year of Establishment 1942
Parish Priest Fr. Dilraj
Asst. Parish Priest Fr. Balasamy
Priests of the Parish Fr. Gurushantharaj, Fr. Antony Samy (Jr)
No. of Catholics 688
Address Lourdes Church Ghazipur City, U.P. 233001 0548-2221822
Religious Srs 20
About As early as in 1840, Ghazipur was a military station. Its first Chaplain was Fr. Vincent who died at Jamalpur. In 1848, Ghazipur was separated from Agra and annexed to the diocese of Allahabad. According to Fr. Clemente Terzorio the Church was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But that church was nothing more than a barrack. Since there was no road facility it lost its importance and the catholics moved to other stations. Therefore from 1860 onwards it became a visiting station from Benaras and from Gorakhpur. In 1937, the Franciscan Brothers of Mount Poinsur were sent to stay there by bishop Angelo Poli of Allahabad. The first resident priest Fr. Charles Mascharenhas of Allahabad diocese was stationed there in August 1938. The present land was bought in 1940 and a Chapel was built and blessed in 1942. Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles started a Convent in 1949. The School for the girls, started with the arrival of Sisters, got its own building in 1954. On February 11, 1964 the new Convent and the Chapel were blessed. There is a boarding house for girls (class IX-XII). A need for one more English medium school was felt and Father Eugene was entrusted with this task. He started the school building on the land at Tulsipur bought by Fr. Jacob Kavalam. The school is up to class XII with more than three thousand students. To encourage, the Christian boys for English medium schools, a boy's boarding began in 2006 . They are given extra coaching and tuition in order to cope up with expected standard. CJ sisters have joined the staff of the school at Tulsipur. SRA sisters have a candidate house in Ghazipur. The new church was built and completed by Fr. Ivan Joseph in 2005. He also extended the mission work to other places like Gagaran.
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DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Norbert
Year of Establishment1999
Parish PriestFr. Alois Minj O.Praem
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Paulson N. O.Praem
No. of Catholics79
AddressSt. Norberts Church Dharauli, Post Manikpur Harauha, Ghosi, Mau Dist. U.P. 272504 (05461) 223061
ReligiousFrs 02; Srs 03
AboutFrs 02; Srs 03

Hardia


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Patrick
Year of Establishment2005
Parish PriestFr. Prakash Tigga
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics400
AddressSt. Patrick’s Church Hardia, Karsi Post Via Navanagar, Ballia 221717 9415814052
ReligiousSrs 03
AboutHardia station is the extension of Jamwaon. The villages of Karsi and surrounding were far and were very inconvenient for people to go for any church services at Jamwaon. Therefore it was thought of opening a station in Hardia and Fr. Jayrathan was appointed the first parish priest of the station. Sisters of the daughters of Vincent de Paul joined the ministry with dispensary and other social work. Father Valerian D'Souza bought the present land and a Church and priest house was constructed in year 2011.

Hartmanpur


DeaneryGhazipur
Patron SaintOur Lady of Sorrows
Year of Establishment1940
Parish PriestFr. Sushil Kumar Tirkey
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Antony Tensingh,
Priests of the ParishFr. P. Victor
No. of Catholics1218
AddressOur Lady of Sorrows Church Hartmannpur P.O. Ghazipur Dt - 233 225 05493-282061
ReligiousSrs 06
AboutHartmannpur is the fruit of the missionary endeavours from Ghazipur, of Allahabad diocesan clergy. The Canadian Capuchins took over from them, built the old presbytery and the spacious college building, which has been expanded. The Church, built by Fr. Charles, was blessed on February 11, 1940. The service of Fr. Crusbhakt IMS can never be forgotten to bring many people to the knowledge of Christ. Fr. Augustine D'Souza served the station for a record time of twenty years as Principal of Inter College. Sr. Francisca's tireless travels into all the villages and making all the girls and women self reliant was one of Jesus service to the poor. The Mariyan Shrine was built in 1979 under the guidance of Father Augustine, and Sister Francisca started gathering the Mahila Sangh units of the Diocese, and the place gradually is developed as a Pilgrim Centre; and the annual celebration is held in the month of October. In June 1997 this Parish was entrusted to MSFS Fathers. In 2008 the MSFS Fathers handed over the parish to the diocesan clergy. The mission has an inter college and two boarding houses, one for girls (class I-V) the other for boys (class VI-XII).

Indara


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Gonzalo Gracia, Martyr
Year of Establishment1947
Parish PriestFr. Suleiman Bara, O.Praem
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Bipin Kiro, O.Praem
Priests of the ParishFr. Christopher Satish. O.Praem , Fr. Bartholomew Minj O.Praem
No. of Catholics591
AddressSt. Gonzalo Gracia Church Indara P.O., Mau Dt. U.P. 275102 0547-2272858, 2272087
ReligiousFrs 04; Brs 04, Srs 09
AboutIn 1947, two brothers namely Bros. Basilus and Clastus, both Germans, came to Kopaganj and started staying in a rented house to start a mission station at Indara. With great difficulty, they could acquire seven acres of land at Indara in 1948. The land belonged to the Maharani of Jaunpur who at first refused to sell the land to Christians, because she felt "padries would make everyone Christian". But later on she agreed to sell the land to the Mission. In the same year initial mission station was started and brothers started to visit Indara and neighbouring villages. In the initial stage they started a small school and a dispensary. Bro. Otto came to Indara in 1956 and took charge of the station and started a boarding house to educate the village children. In 1951 a Primary School was started and also dispensary. In 1956 a boarding house was started by Brother Otto. In 1960 brothers started a substation at Mirpur. Fr. Benedict, OFM. Cap., a Canadian, came to Indara as the first parish priest in 1961. In 1963 the Church was constructed. Hospital construction started in 1965 and in 1966 a general and a leprosy hospital were started to serve the poor and the needy people of the area. General Hospital was closed down a couple of years back. Brother Otto had purchased about 35 acres of land adjoining the Indara mission in 1967 and given to 18 landless Catholic families and made a Catholic resettlement colony which is known as Ottopur. In 1967 the primary school was upgraded into junior high school. In 1967 Fr. Jacob Kavalam was appointed as parish priest. His name is gratefully remembered for the services he had done to bring up this mission amidst lot of struggle. The society of Christ Jesus sisters came to Indara in 1974. The new school was built in 1975 and the old school building was converted into priests' residence. In 1994 the Hindi medium school was upgraded to High School, and in 2005 raised to Intermediate level. The Norbertine fathers took over the mission station in 1977. In 1978 the girls' boarding was started. After some time the girls' boarding was closed down. Brother Innocent who worked as a doctor for 13 years at Indara passed away on February 26, 1981. Bros. Innocent and Otto were very popular around Indara mission. In 1982 Christ Jesus sisters left Indara and Queen of the Apostles Sisters came to Indara. In 1993 the Norbertine Fathers and Queen of the Apostles sisters built a new residence. In 1995 the high school's new wing was constructed. At present there are three religious communities in Indara, serving in the fields of medical, educational, social and catechetical. In 2004 Br. Mark reoccupied a piece of land that was almost forgotten just on the roadside of Mau-Rasra road in Alinagar. In the same year Brother Mark started St. Francis English medium school in Indara in a very small scale. Now the school has grown up to class X. In 2005 Brother Mark also started a primary school in Alinagar as a feeding school to the main school in Indara.

Jamwaon


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintSt. Therese of Lisieux
Year of Establishment1949
Parish PriestFr. Satyawan Tirkey
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Sonelal
Priests of the ParishFr. Surendra Lakra
No. of Catholics1498
AddressSant Pushpa Ashram Khandwa P.O. Jamwaon Ballia Dt., U.P. 275102 05491-257422
ReligiousSrs 05
AboutThis station which had been started from Francispur became an independent Parish in 1950, with Fr. Yvon, OFM. Cap., as the first Parish Priest. Among those who worked here, Fr. John Mary Vianney is one frequently remembered. The present Priest House was blessed in 1971 along with the Convent. Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles came in 1953. Sisters are involved in the work of evangelization, health and education. There are two boarding houses, one for girls (class I-XII) the other for boys (class I-XII). The girls' boarding was raised to higher so that more girls could have access to higher education. From Jamwaon parish, two more visiting centres were in contact. One at Lahasani and another at Hardia, Karsi. In Lahasani, a primary school was built by the mission to educate the village children. This school is no more with the diocese. The other visiting station has been established as the independent station in 2004. Another piece of land is located just three kms from Nagara, close to Lahasani village. Fr. Valerian D'Souza assured the possession of the land by building the compound wall.

Jaunpur


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. Patrick
Year of Establishment1971
Parish PriestFr. Ajay Kumar
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Ajit Kumar
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics45
AddressSt. Patrick Church St. John's School, Siddiqpur P.O. Jaunpur, U.P. 222110 05452-266091, 265998
ReligiousSrs 09
AboutRecords say that at one stage of the last century Jaunpur had over 600 Catholics. No one seems to know where the Church was. The Catholics were probably in the court and in the army. In 1971, Fr. Dominic Karikattil opened this station in a rented house. In 1974, Ursulines of Mary Immaculate joined the ministry here. The Ursuline sisters have a school up to class XII. In 1997, Fr. Peter Colaco purchased a piece of land about 7 km away from city on the way to Shahganj at Siddiqpur and established another school named St. John's School, which is up to class XII. Sisters of St. Anne of Thiruchirapalli joined the ministry at Siddiqpur. Our desire is to set up a parish Church in Jaunpur city.

Lohata


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. Joseph the Worker
Year of Establishment2005
Parish PriestFr. Thomas N.J
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Anand Kumar Lakra , Fr. Mathew Kayany , Fr. Wilfred Lewis, Fr. Sengole D.
No. of Catholics213
AddressSt. Joseph's Church Lohata, Dhannipur Varanasi, U.P. 221 107 0542-2255102
ReligiousSrs 15
AboutAs the educational need was fast growing St. John's Schools of English medium were efficient to meet the needs. But soon another need for a Hindi medium school was felt in the boundaries of city and village at Lohata. Therefore St. John's Hindi School was started and FSM sisters joined the ministry. As the school was growing number employees and others Christian families who reside in the area also increased. Adding to this, St. Mary's Hospital staff members were also growing. Therefore along with education pastoral need of the families became an urgent need. So, under the supervision of Fr. Oscar Topno a new church building was started in 2003. FSM sisters opened a formation house and SHM sisters built their Regionalate in Lohata. The presence of more communities justified the need of an independent church. Fr. Joy Muriankary completed the church building at Lohata. The new church was blessed and dedicated in the year 2006. Fr. Joy was the first Parish priest and Fr. P. Victor became the second Parish Priest of St. Joseph's Church Lohata. Fr. Raymond Prakash was the third parish priest. On his transfer Father Jacob Mendonsa took up the responsibility of the Parish Priest.

Majhgain


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment1976
Parish PriestFr. Robert D'Costa
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics15
AddressO.L. of Fatima Church Sevasadan Ashram Majhgain P.O. (Via) Naugarh Chandauli Dist. U.P. 232111 9451947928
ReligiousSrs 05
AboutOn January 7, 1957 Capuchin Fathers had reached Chakia, the neighbourhood of Naugarh. Fr. Cyriac Kuruvilla was appointed in 1971 to open a mission station in Chakia area. He selected Majhgain. Fr. Francis Machado built the Presbytery, Sisters' Convent and the Dispensary. The FMM Sisters arrived here on February 8, 1974 and began the ministry. The Primary School was started by Fr. Mathew Kanicheril in 1981. Fr. Joy Muriankary put up the school building in 1985. Fr. Thomas N.J. did his share of getting recognition for primary school and the electrification of the village. Fr. William did a greater part of upgrading the school and benefiting from government facilities when special favours were offered for female literacy. Female literacy being as low as 5.65% in Naugarh Block. The School was upgraded to Junior High School in 1991 by Fr. William and then to High School in 1998 a Junior High School for girls was started in 1991 by Fr. William. In 1996 this school was upgraded to High School.

 

Marhauli


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintSt. John the Baptist
Year of Establishment2007
Parish PriestFr. Henry Andrade
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Anand Udgandla
Priests of the ParishFr. Paul D'Souza , Fr. Arvind Louis , Fr. Manoel D'Cunha
No. of Catholics199
AddressSt. John The Baptist Church Marhauli, Bhullanpur P.O. Varanasi-221 104 9005554803 (PP)
ReligiousSrs 04
AboutSt. John's School, Marhauli, Varanasi was established in 1987 basically in view to educate the Catholic Community and was a part of St. John's Parish, D.L.W. As the School developed, quite a few Catholic staff members were appointed and almost 90% of supportive staff appointed were Catholics. Hence a great need was felt to have a Church nearby, for the faith formation of the Catholics. Accordingly, Rt. Rev. Dr. Patrick D' Souza, the Bishop of Varanasi on January 01, 2006, blessed the foundation stone for the Church. The Church was blessed and dedicated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Patrick D'Souza on March 28, 2007. Rev. Fr. Peter Colaco was appointed as the first Parish Priest. Sisters of the Holy Cross of Chavanod are actively involved in the Parish activities. The Minor Seminary of the Diocese is situated in the Parish. The parish, the seminary and St. John's school are complementing entities sharing pastoral objective.

Mariabad


DeaneryGhazipur
Patron SaintOur Lady of Poor
Year of Establishment1947
Parish PriestFr. Joseph Lakra
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Andrew Masih
Priests of the ParishFr. Marianus Kereketa
No. of Catholics697
AddressO.L. of Poor Church Mariabad, Zahurabad Ghazipur, U.P. 233222 05493-286663
ReligiousSrs 05
AboutPARISH HISTORY This centre was opened from Hartmannpur by Mount Poinsur Brothers. Fr. Remy Andrew was a great support to them. Many Capuchin Fathers of the Canadian Province have worked here. Fathers Marie Louis, Alan, Hippolyte are some of them. The first Diocesan Parish Priest was Fr. Wilfred Lewis. Major work along with evangelization in this place is farm cultivation. There is agricultural land to support the boarding house. The Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles opened the house in 1961. They work in the school and dispensary. Evangelization and catechesis is the main work of the sisters here. Construction of the Church began at the time of Fr. Marie Louis, and completed during Fr. Jean Francois' time. It was blessed on February 13, 1962. There are two boarding houses: one for boys (class I-VIII) the other for girls (class I-V).

Mau


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment1973
Parish PriestFr. Jacob Aranha
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Vineet Vincent Pereira
No. of Catholics358
AddressOur Lady of Fatima Mau P.O., Dt. Mau 275101 0547-2223165
ReligiousSrs 24
AboutMau was a visiting station of Indara for many years. Fr. Jacob Kavalam became the first Parish Priest, entrusted with the building of Fatima Hospital. He did a great deal of work to build the first phase of the hospital. Medical Sisters of St. Joseph opened their house in 1975. The hospital was completed in 1977. The history of Mau Fatima hospital is the story of Mau church. The presence of the church is due to the existence of the hospital which is doing a yeomen service in the locality. Impelled by an abiding spirit of Christian charity, keen awareness of the vastness and urgency of the problems due to lack of medical facilities in this region, Bishop encouraged to establish a hospital at Mau, midway between Varanasi and Gorakhpur. With the help of priest incharge at the local place, a piece of land was purchased. Rev. Mother Theophane, the then Mother General of the Congregation of the MSJ, offered the services of sisters in the proposed hospital. Rev. Fr. Yvon Carone, OFM. Cap. and Fr. Jacob Kavalam were entrusted with the construction of the hospital. Misereor of Germany helped with funds. Fr. Jacob Kavalam lived and shared the meals with the labourers while building the hospital, which has not only brought firmness in the building but also in the relationship with the local people. In the beginning a small building was erected but today the hospital has grown to 320 beds with several medical departments and residential doctors. In the establishment of the hospital the yomen contribution of Sr. Dr. Jude, MSJ can never be forgotten. Sisters started a nursing school keeping the priority to encourage the local girls mainly Catholics for nursing career. Sisters also have started lab-technicians training course (DMLT).Mau was a visiting station of Indara for many years. Fr. Jacob Kavalam became the first Parish Priest, entrusted with the building of Fatima Hospital. He did a great deal of work to build the first phase of the hospital. Medical Sisters of St. Joseph opened their house in 1975. The hospital was completed in 1977. The history of Mau Fatima hospital is the story of Mau church. The presence of the church is due to the existence of the hospital which is doing a yeomen service in the locality. Impelled by an abiding spirit of Christian charity, keen awareness of the vastness and urgency of the problems due to lack of medical facilities in this region, Bishop encouraged to establish a hospital at Mau, midway between Varanasi and Gorakhpur. With the help of priest incharge at the local place, a piece of land was purchased. Rev. Mother Theophane, the then Mother General of the Congregation of the MSJ, offered the services of sisters in the proposed hospital. Rev. Fr. Yvon Carone, OFM. Cap. and Fr. Jacob Kavalam were entrusted with the construction of the hospital. Misereor of Germany helped with funds. Fr. Jacob Kavalam lived and shared the meals with the labourers while building the hospital, which has not only brought firmness in the building but also in the relationship with the local people. In the beginning a small building was erected but today the hospital has grown to 320 beds with several medical departments and residential doctors. In the establishment of the hospital the yomen contribution of Sr. Dr. Jude, MSJ can never be forgotten. Sisters started a nursing school keeping the priority to encourage the local girls mainly Catholics for nursing career. Sisters also have started lab-technicians training course (DMLT).

 

Mawaiya


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment2005
Parish PriestFr. William Fernandez
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Peter Colaco
No. of Catholics223
AddressFatima Mata Church Mawaiya, Sarnath Varanasi, U.P. 221 007 0542-2587058
ReligiousFrs 04; Srs 54
AboutFatima Mata Church Mawaiya was erected on August 15, 2005. A need was felt to take care of the pastoral needs of the Catholics around Sarnath, Ashapur, Panchkoshi and Pandeypur. Fr. Emmanuel D'Cunha was appointed to look for a land and build the church. With his pastoral experience at the cathedral. Fr. Emmanuel asked for favour from our Lady of Fatima and soon he found a ready built house to be the church and parish. He had to modify the structure so that it could be spacious enough for the congregation for liturgical services. On August 15, 2005, the house was ready to be blessed as the church. Bishop Patrick D'Souza blessed the church and appointed Fr. Manoel D'Cunha as the first parish priest. Fr. Paschal Serrao was the next Parish Priest. On his unexpected death Fr. Pramod took up the charge of the parish priest.

Mirpur


DeaneryBallia
Patron SaintOur Lady of Fatima
Year of Establishment1976
Parish PriestFr. Libunus
Asst. Parish PriestFr. Mathias Jojo
Priests of the Parish 
No. of Catholics470
AddressSacred Heart of Jesus Church Mirpur Tandhi, Banpokhra P.O. Dist. Mau, U.P. 221603 05461-261085
ReligiousFrs 02; Srs 04
AboutMirpur was a visiting station from Indara. A school was built. But later for some reasons the school was closed down. In 1977. Fr. Raymond Prakash was sent there and he lived there for some time. In 1978 Fr. Lawrence took up the station. Restarted the school. In the same year UFS sisters too came to the station to teach in the school and work in the dispensary. Fr. Lawrence extended the village visits and Mass in the villages. Evangelization and catechetical work started to progress. In 1981 the church was. In 1982 school building and hostel for girls were completed. In 1983 Fr. Lawrence was transferred and the station was entrusted to the Norbertine Fathers. Though it has been a remote station, it has developed into a fertile place for pastoral life. Once upon a time it was impossible to reach the station during the rainy season. Today the road facility has improved. The mission constantly strives to bring progress.

Mughalsarai


DeaneryVaranasi
Patron SaintChrist the King
Year of Establishment1936
Parish PriestFr. Bipin C.J
Asst. Parish Priest 
Priests of the ParishFr. Joseph Crasta
No. of Catholics279
AddressChrist The King Church Mughalsarai Chandauli Dt. 232101 05412-254770
ReligiousSrs 11
AboutFor a long time it was looked after by Varanasi Parish. The Church was built in 1935, blessed on February 11, 1936 and dedicated to Christ the King by Dr. Angela Poli, Bishop of Allahabad. This church was built at the cost of Rs. 22,000 which were paid chiefly by the Bishop who added his generous donation to the sum collected among the faithful of Mughalsarai. Mughalsarai church was established mainly for the people of the Railway Colony. It was for a long time under the spiritual care of the pastors from Benares who took care on Sundays to attend to two congregations facing several difficulties of traveling across the river Ganges. Later an assistant was given to the parish priest of Benares so that he might dedicate all his activities for railway colony. The Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles opened their house in 1955. Along with the pastoral care and visiting the families, the sisters were engaged in Education Ministry in Christ The King School which was shifted to Hinauli under the name of St. Mary’s Convent School. The school was mainly for the children of the railway employers. Once upon a time, being one of the biggest railway yards, Mughalsarai has many Anglo Indian Catholic families who were employed in the railways. Attending to the pastoral needs of these people is one of the major ministries here. In 1984, the devotion to Infant Jesus of Prague, started by Fr. Stanislaus D'Souza, became an important aspect of the ministry here. Today the Church is more popularly known as the Shrine of Infant Jesus. The annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Infant Jesus is on the first Sunday of Advent. It is one of the best ways to prepare for Christmas by paying a visit to the Shrine of Infant Jesus on the first Sunday of the Advent. Since there are direct trains from many places and the church is close to the railway station, it is convenient for people to come for the pilgrimage. A long procession "Shobha yatra" is organized through the city for about five kilometers distance on the day of pilgrimage. Today a lot of people visit the shrine on Christmas and Easter day. A big pilgrime centre with spacious accommodation for the pilgrims is built by the generous donation of the pilgrims. The life size statues of way of the cross and mysteries of the Holy Rosary mounted on the wall of the church make it a place of prayer and devotion.

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