Vincentian Ashram Chandausi
|Address||Vincentian Ashram, Baniakhera P.O., Dewarkhera, Moradabad Road, Chandausi, 202412, Uttar Pradesh, India.|
01. Fr. Emprayil Thomas Sr. - Priest in Charge
01. St. Thomas Catholic Church (1994)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Rt. Rev. Patric Nair, Bishop of Meerut diocese welcomed the Vincentian presence in his diocese in 1989. Consequent to the correspondence between the Superior General and the Bishop, the Regional Superior of the St. Thomas Region, Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu, sent Rev. Frs. Varghese Naickomparambil and Joseph Keezhedam as the pioneers to Veerpur. As a token of encouragement the diocese of Meerut donated one acre of land and generous support to the new missionaries. In the beginning Frs. Varghese and Joseph were staying in the Capuchin Ashram at Rampur.
From Veerpur, our ministry was extended to Chandausi which was a large Tehsil and which later on was divided into Bilari and Chandausi. The Vincentians were given sufficient autonomy in the area allotted to them in all matters of planning and administration under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Meerut. It was also the prerogative of the Vincentians to invite Sisters to work in the area allotted to them. Using this privilege, we invited the Sacred Heart Congregation of Sisters of Delhi province to open an English medium school at Chandausi at their own expense and a Hindi medium school at Veerpur.
In July 1990, Fr. Varghese Kanjamala was appointed priest in charge of Chandausi. There were no Catholics at Chandausi. The Methodist Christians were well established in the city. Fr. Varghese rented a room in the city and started searching for land outside of the city to establish a church and a residence. Fr. Thomas Alackakunnel joined him in 1991 and took full charge of the station in 1992. Meanwhile a plot of land was purchased on the Moradabad roadside outside of the city. On 17th July 1994 Rt. Rev. Bishop Patrick Nair consecrated the new Church and blessed the Vincentian House. St. Thomas the Apostle is the patron of the parish and till recently it was called St. Thomas Church. But recently we changed it to St. Thomas Catholic Church, Chandausi.
In 1995 S.H. Convent and School were blessed and inaugurated. Two families of newly converted Catholics were brought from Udhampura-Veerpur and Bilari to work in the school. The school grew from strength to strength and at present it has around 2500 students from Nursery to 12th std.
In 2014 one more catholic family was added to the parish. Hence at present the parish of Chandausi consists of the parish priest, 4 Sisters and 3 Catholic families. Chandausi comes under the new district of Sambhal. Bilari and Veerpr remain in Moradabad district. During the Pastoral visit in 2015 Rt. Rev. Bishop Francis Kalist asked us to look after Gunaur and Bahajoi in addition to Chandausi. Hence there are three tehsils under the parish of Chandausi. There is no social work in the parish in the traditional sense but we guide the children to boarding schools, Nursing schools, Technical schools and even classical schools so that their families in the future become self supporting.