Vincentian Mission House Ahmednagar
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||Vincentian Mission House, De Paul Nagar, Link Road, Kedgaon, Ahmednagar, 414 005, Maharashtra, India.|
01. Fr. Kizhakkumthala John - Mission Superior & Superior V.H.
02. Fr. Mealkarapurath Devassia - Rector & Finance Officer
03. Fr. Srambical Joseph - Director, Retreat Centre & Spiritual Director, Minor Seminary
04. Fr. Thekkekkara Thomas - Director, Popular Mission, St. Paul Mission & Associate Director, Retreat Centre
05. Bro. Vithayathil Thomas - Regent
01. Vincentian Mission House (1991)
02. St. Thomas Parish (1991)
03. Vincentian Mission Service Society (1995)
04. De Paul Minor Seminary (2013)
05. Divine Ashram - Retreat Centre (2013) - Tel: 0241 255208306. Popular Mission Centre (2015)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
On 27 January 1991, Rev. Fr. Joseph Kavalakkatt arrived in Ahmednagar and took charge of the Pastoral care of Ahmednagar District of the Kalyan Diocese from Rev. Fr. Sebastian Vazhappilly in the Presence of Bishop Paul Chittilapilly and started to reside in a rented house at Govindpura. On February 28, Fr. Thomas Mullenmadackal joined Fr. Kavalakkatt in the mission. On May 08, Priest’s Residence was shifted to Mukundnagar. A formal Contract was signed between Mar Paul Chittilapilly, the Bishop of Kalyan and Rev. Fr. George Kammattil, the Provincial Superior of the Marymatha Province. As per the contract the Diocese of Kalyan entrusted the civil district of Ahmednagar in Maharashtra with the Marymatha Province for “intensive and extensive evangelization.” The contract gives us territorial jurisdiction over Ahmednagar district. On 11 September 1991 Vincentian Mission in Ahmednagar was formally inaugurated by Mar Paul Chittilapilly, the Bishop of Kalyan, with Holy Mass in Sherly Miller Hall at Booth Hospital, Ahmednagar. On 26 March 1992, 3.57 acres of land was purchased in Ahmednagar for the Mission House. CMC sisters from Vimala Province, Ernakulam arrived on 26 May 1992 to work in this mission. Priests’ residence was shifted to another rented house in Bushan Nagar, Kedgaon, on 08 December 1992.
Bishop Paul Chittilapilly laid the foundation stone for the Vincentian House and Chapel at Kedgaon on 18 March 1996. On 19 October 1996 the Vincentian House and Chapel was blessed and consecrated by Mar Paul Chittilapilly. On November 14, our priests moved into the newly blessed Vincentian Mission House. On 03 June 2000, the newly constructed ITI building was blessed by Mar Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan. The new regulations of the Maharashtra Government prevented us from realizing the project of ITI in Ahmednagar. At this juncture, our superiors decided to make use of the building by making modifications and additional facilities as a boarding house for boys. Boarding was started on 11 June 2001 in the Vincentian Mission House and it continued to function there till the modifications of the Boarding was complete. Even the project of Boarding House proved to be a failure and this building is presently used as a Retreat Centre. In December 2003 the construction of the second floor of the house was completed. The Church was renewed with a new altar, new sanctuary and set a statute of the Risen Lord outside. The painting of the building was done. In August 2012, the Vincentian Mission Ahmedngar was renamed as St. Paul Mission, Ahmednagar. In December 2014 a Grotto of Mother Mary was built and blessed at the entrance of the Vincentian House campus.
With the permission of superiors, Rev. Fr. Thomas Thekkekkara started Retreat programs in the ITI building in the month of June 2012. Residential Retreat were started in the hostel Building and it was named as ‘Divine Ashram’ in February 2013. Since then one residential retreat and four one day prayer services in Marathi are conducted every month in this centre. Along with this, village preaching ministry is also progressed under Fr. Thomas Thekkekara.
De Paul Minor Seminary, Ahmednagar, was inaugurated by Bishop Thomas Elavanal, on 14 July 2013, in the presence of Very Rev. Fr. Paul Puthuva , the Provincial Superior of the Marymatha Province, in view of forming future priests to work in St. Paul Mission. Rev. Fr. Joseph Chalackal was appointed the first Rector of the seminary.