Dioceses of India
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Faridabad

Diocese of Faridabad

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : North
Patron: St.Thomas
Founded: 6 March 2012
Province: Delhi
Status: Diocese
Total area: 9.50,000 Sq.km
Total Population : 88,435,887
Catholics Total: 33,032
Diocesan Priests: 45
Religious Priests: 45
Religious Sisters: 202
Minor Seminarians: 2
Major Seminarians: 0

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Kuriakose Bharanikulangara
BISHOP OF FARIDABAD
Personal Details
Born:1-Feb-1959
Priestly Ordination:18-Dec-1983
Episcopal Ordination:26-May-2012
Period: -

Tel(P): 011 - 42411803, 09716525555
Email(P): tharuba@yahoo.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, 1B/32, N.E.A., Old Rajender Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060
Tel(O): 011-25759160, 25812346
Fax : +91-11-25759160
Email : faridabaddiocese@gmail.com

Diocese of Faridabad at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 31Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 07Women Religious Houses: 48

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 02Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 0
Orphanages : 04Homes for Aged & Destitute : 05
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 03HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 03
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 03High Schools : 0
Upper Primary Schools: 0Lower Primary Schools:0
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :10Presses & Media Centres : 0

History

The Diocese of Faridabad in the form of ‘Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission’ has its 34 years long history. It begins with the official visit by late Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara to the Syro Malabar Catholics in Faridabad in 1978, the first Apostolic Visitator to study the status of Syro-Malabar Catholics.

In the Year 1986, Santhome Bhavan was established in Sector 23 Faridabad and Fr Sebastian Kizhakkeyil MST, first Syro Malabar Catholic priest from Kerala began to stay at Faridabad with the specific intention to organize Catholics from Kerala in the Industrial city of India. In 1987 he was followed by Fr James Mandapathikunnel MST and later in 1994 he was replaced by Fr. Jose Oliakattil.

In 1988, St. Thomas Catholics Welfare Association was formed in Faridabad to take up the cause of Syro-Malabar Catholics in the National Capital Region. The Association sent appeals and requests to the Archbishop of Delhi, Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Holy See.

In 1990 Santhome Bhavan in Sec. 23 was shifted to House No. 889, Sector 19. It was blessed by late Archbishop Alan De Lastic and was declared a Mass Centre of Delhi Archdiocese.

The Syro-Malabar Bishops´ Conference has entrusted the Delhi Mission to the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. Pastoral care of the Syro-Malabar faithful in the Archdiocese of Delhi was formally begun in the year 1991 when Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan was designated by the Syro-Malabar Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of the Syro-Malabar Catholics outside Kerala and was appointed Chaplain of the Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Archdiocese of Delhi by His Grace Archbishop Alan de Lastic on June 01, 1991.

There were 3 Syro-Malabar Religious Congregations for Men having their own houses in Delhi that time i.e. CST at Mayur Vihar, CMI at Harinagar and VC at New Krishna Park.

A priest belonging to the MST congregation was staying in a house at Faridabad owned by the Syro-Malabar Bishop’s Conference.
The SD Sisters had their convent at Jeevodaya Hospital at Ashok Vihar and an extension programme at Jahangirpuri.

There were occasional Syro-Malabar mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Thomas Church at RK Puram, Punjabi Bagh, at the three religious houses mentioned above and at the residence of MST priest at Faridabad.

Fr. Vadakumpadan began celebrating mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Delhi from 1991 onwards.

In consultation with the parish priests and with due permission from the Archbishop, Fr. Sebastian began organizing holy masses in Syro-Malabar rite in different centres


The Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly was generous enough to supply with sufficient number of priests each time as per need. The religious congregations also contributed their share in providing their personnel, time and money to support the mission in Delhi. So far there have been around 40 priests and 250 nuns served and serving in the mission in different periods and in different capacity from 1991.

While there were only two religious houses for women in the beginning, now there are 51 houses for the Syro-Malabar women religious.

Pastoral committees have been organized in all the Mass Centres to see to the smooth functioning of the activities in each Centre.

In order to have a uniform Syro-Malabar pastoral care in the whole Archdiocese, a Syro-Malabar Central Committee was formed with three members each from all Mass Centres, representatives from religious congregations and priests engaged in pastoral care.

With the aim of Gospel witnessing, Fr. Vadakumpadan initiated humanitarian activities for the poor and needy in Delhi. Under the leadership of the priests and nuns, the community began undertaking various activities such as working men’s and women’s hostels, nurseries, dispensaries, educational institutions and homes for the disabled, street children and orphans. The institutions for the disabled at Sanjopuram, Chandpur is unique in its kind under the banner of St. Joseph’s Service Society.

The Archdiocesan Synod held in October 2002 was a turning point for the pastoral care of Orientals in the archdiocese. Consequently, the archdiocese was generous enough to establish 6 personal parishes – Faridabad, Mayurvihar-Trilokpuri, Palam-Janakpuri-Dwarka, Pushpvihar-Hauz Khas, Sanjoepuram and Vikaspuri-Harinagar – for the Syro-Malabar faithful in the archdiocese in 2003.

Rev. Fr. George Manimala was appointed by His Grace as the Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Delhi to facilitate the administration of the Oriental Churches within the territory of the Archdiocese.

Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan, the first chaplain of Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission, went back to Kerala after 13 years of pastoral service in Delhi in November 2004 as the director of Little Flower Hospital in Angamali. Rev. Fr. Jose Edassery was appointed in place of Rev. Fr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan, as the Chaplain and coordinator of the Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission on December 02, 2004.

On June 15, 2005 His Grace Archbishop Vincent Concessao established 8 other personal parishes – Alaknanda, Ashokvihar-Rohini, Dilshad Garden, Dwarka, Gurgaon-Kanhai, Harinagar, Okhla and R.K. Puram – for the Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Archdiocese.

Sacred Heart Syro-Malabar Personal Parish in Gurgaon was created in 23rd July 2006.

On August 1st 2007 eight more personal parishes were established.  – Karol Bagh, Geetha Colony, Tagore Garden, Radio Colony, Burari, Lado Sarai, Rohini Sector III, Sagarpur.

On 2008 April 27th new church in Dwarka was consecrarted by His Eminence Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.

In 2008 December two Mass Centers at Ayanagar and Shahbad in Rohini were created.

On May 1st 2010, new church in Aya Nagar was blessed by Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath, Auxilliary Bishop of Ernakulam.
On September 25th, 2011, New Church in Faridabad along with Presbytery was consecrated by His Beatitude Mar George Alencherry.
Now there are 23 personal parishes and 14 Mass Centres in Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission.

Diocese of Faridabad was erected by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Members (Syrian Catholics) of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and districts of Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) of Uttar Pradesh on 6th March 2012. The new diocese has 9.50 lakh sq. km of area.

The Episcopal Ordination was on May 26, 2012 at Delhi and Head of the Syro-Malabar Church,   Mar George Cardinal Alencherry  was the main celebrant of the ceremony.    Papal Representatives, Oswald Cardinal Gracias (CBCI President),  Vatican Nuncio Archbishop  Salvatore Pennacchio, Telesphore Cardinal Toppo (President of CCBI),    Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishops and Bishops from different Rites, Central and States Ministers and    socio-political, religious leaders.

On May 27th Sunday Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara  celebrated Holy Mass at Diocesan Cathedral, Kristuraja Church, Faridabad. Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry  attended and thereafter there was Installation ceremony.