De Paul Centre Kopergaon
|Address||De Paul Centre, P.B. No. 55, Samatha Nagar, Kopergaon, 423601, Maharashtra, India.|
01. Fr. Kanichukattu Paul - Parish Priest; Director, Kindergarten & Village Mission
01. St. Mary’s Church
02. De Paul Kindergarten (2015)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The Syro-Malabar Diocese of Kalyan was established in the year 1988. Within two years a community of the Syro-Malabar faithful was started in the Kopergaon region. The initial work was done in 1990 by Fr. Sebastian Vazhappilly of Irinjalakuda Diocese, who visited the place once in a month for Holy Qurbana while working in Jalgaon Mission which is in the territory of the Diocese of Kalyan. When the Ahmednagar Mission was entrusted to the Vincentians in 1991, Kopergaon became part of it. Rev. Frs. Joseph Kavalakkatt and Thomas Mullenmadackal started conducting the liturgical services in the houses of faithful coming from the Vincentian House at Ahmednagar. When the Shrirampur centre was established on the 3rd of July 1992 Fr. Thomas Mullenmadackal continued the service at Kopargaon on alternate Saturdays by staying at Shrirampur. Frs. Jose Thekkumattom, Joseph Srambickal and Sanjai Chelangattussery continued the services for several years staying at Shrirampur.
The Marymatha Province bought 20 cents of land at Samatha Nagar, Kopergaon in January 2000 in order to start a new centre. Fr. Paul Tharakan took charge of the activities of Kopergaon in May 2000 by staying at Shrirampur. The Provincial Superior of the Marymatha Province Rev. Fr. Varghese Parappuram entrusted Fr. Paul Tharakan on 8th August 2001 the job of establishing the new centre. Accordingly Fr. Paul Tharakan started to stay at Kopergaon in a rented building from 5th September 2001. Mission Superior Rev. Fr. Thomas Mullenmadackel blessed the residential house and thereafter Fr. Paul started the construction activities in the new land as well as administered the spiritual services of the people. Rev. Fr. Varghese Parappuram, the Provincial, laid the foundation stone for both Vincentian House and Church on 1st December 2001. The construction of the Vincentian house began on February 01, 2002 and was blessed on September 02, 2002. Thereafter Fr. Paul resided in the newly built house. Since there was no institution attached to Vincentian House, Kopergaon, the provincial administration supported the idea of starting a school. We started school at Yeola as an attached institution of Kopergaon House in June 2003. Its construction works were supervised by Fr. Paul Tharakan by staying at Kopergaon. In the mean time the construction works of the Church at Kopergaon were going on. Mar Thomas Elavanal, the Bishop of Kalyan Diocese, blessed the new Church at Kopergaon on February 18, 2004. In January 2015 altar of the church was renovated.