News and Events

The Regional Executive Committee for Youth had a council meeting at Good Shepherd Church, Bagdogra from 18th to 19th January, 2016.

The Youth Commission organized a Bible Quiz and Talent show Competition at Chetana from 30th to 31st January, 2016.

The Claretines celebrated Pongal Festival in the St. Claret School, Sahanagar on 12th January, 2016.

St. Claret School, Sahanagar, conducted a Burdwan District Inter-Schools Football Tournament on 9th January, 2016.

Loreto Convent School observed their Foundress Day as “Mary Ward Week” from 23rd to 30th January, 2016.

Loreto Convent School celebrates Silver Jubilee of their Teachers Mrs. J. George and Miss A. Dattani on 14th January, 2016.

The Annual Prize Distribution Day is organized by St. Joseph’s Convent Higher Secondary School, Chittaranjan on 29th January 2016.

THE TERESIAN CARMELITES SET UP A SPECIAL SCHOOL: The Congregation of the Teresian Carmelites (CTC) celebrated 150 years of their foundation on 20th February, 2016 with a solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic service and the inauguration of a newly built school known as Eliswan Kids.

HOLY CHILDHOOD DAY: Holy Childhood Day was celebrated on 14th February, 2016 with zeal and cheer at Kristo Jyoti Church, Kurmun.

REGIONAL PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING IN ASANSOL: The Regional Pastoral Council meeting was hosted by the Asansol Diocese on 18th February, 2016 organized by Fr. Panneer Selvam, the Deputy Secretary to the Regional Bishops of West Bengal, with the help of local religious communities and lay people of Asansol.

SEMINAR ON HEALTH PROMOTION: On 30th January, 2016, a one day seminar was organized at Bishop’ House, Asansol. The seminar was conducted by the founding member of the Health Promotion Trust, Fr. Rocky Banz from the Archdiocese of Bombay.

ASANSOL DIOCESAN PRIESTS ANNUAL MEETING: The Asansol Diocesan Priests had their Annual Meeting at Jeevandhara, Raiganj from 11th to 13th January, 2016. Fr. Stephen S.J. was the resource person for the meeting and his session was on “The Role of Priests during the Jubilee Year of Mercy”.

Rev. Fr. Valerian Fernandes died on February 6, 2016 and buried at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Asansol on February 9, 2016. May his soul rest in peace!

Rev. Fr. Alwyn Fernandes died on January 4, 2016 and buried at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Asansol on January 6, 2016. May his soul rest in peace!

Birth Days

25 April 1982 Fr. Fr. Dipak Digal

05 July 1978 Fr. Nilu Murmu

10 May 1978 r. Bishu Besra

31 July 1986 Fr. Vincent Rony

29. Dec 1985 Fr. Abraham

14-Jan-1970 Fr. Dolphy Mathias

17-Jan-1966 Fr. Edward Louis

19-Jan-1975 Fr. Thomas Marandi

02-Feb-1972 Fr. Anthony Raj A.

04-Feb-1972 Fr. Clarence Bhaju

12-Feb-1980 Fr. Mangal Tudu

24-Feb-1958 Fr. Henry Rodrigues

04-Mar-1975 Fr. Devaraj A.

11-Apr-1945 Bishop Cyprian Monis

22-Apr-1980 Fr. Siluvai Kumar

02-May-1971 Fr. J. Peter

09-May-1948 Fr. Robert DSouza

13-May-1973 Fr. Anand Raj

15-May-1971 Fr. Harshavardhan Majhi

24-May-1976 Fr. Michael Dias

30-May-1975 Fr. Arbind Tirkey

05-Jun-1975 Fr. Avinash Kumar

07-Jul-1974 Fr. D. Antony

23-Jul-1967 Fr. Aruldass Lourdu

23-Jul-1975 Fr. Sebastian Joseph

04-Aug-1980 Fr. Britto De Stephen

06-Aug-1976 Fr. Martin Behara

15-Aug-1962 Fr. Elias Frank

21-Aug-1977 Fr. Roshan Suares

30-Aug-1975 Fr. Ananth Kumar

03-Sep-1950 Fr. Antony Lobo

03-Sep-1957 Fr. Ignatius Philo Sarto

09-Sep-1979 Fr. Rahul Sequiera

12-Sep-1968 Fr. Linus Toppo

14-Sep-1973 Fr. Wilfred Monis

17-Sep-1974 Fr. Jayabalan M. Raj

23-Sep-1952 Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues

25-Sep-1971 Fr. Rajsekhar Varre

01-Oct-1952 Fr. Lawrence R. Sah

03-Oct-1971 Fr. Thomas Tete

09-Oct-1972 Fr. Francis Badugu

14-Oct-1971 Fr. Stephen A. Toppo

26-Oct-1976 Fr. Arvind Kumar Negi

30-Oct-1947 Fr. Gerald Machado

31-Oct-1969 Fr. Wilson Fernandes

09-Dec-1956 Fr. Cyprian Pinto

20-Dec-1969 Fr. Xavier Pandian

25-Dec-1970 Fr. Irudaya Doss

News & Events

Catholic Church burnt in the Capital city of India

Asansol   20-01-2016

The Solemnity of Christ the King was celebrated on Sunday 25th November 2012 in the Archdiocese of Delhi at St. Columba’s School Grounds. The celebrations commenced with the arrival of a fleet of buses from the various parishes of the Delhi diocese, hence there were buses from the NCR (National Capital Region) comprising of faraway places in Gurgaon and Faridabad. Each parish announcing the occasion with a rainbow of colorful banners, different, yet, in unison. His Grace, Most Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop with Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, Auxiliary bishop, Fr. Vincent D’souza Vicar General, along with a host of priests in attendance celebrated the Holy Eucharist with fervor and reverence. Most Rev. Vincent M Concessao, Archbishop gave a thought provoking, meaningful and apt message. Led by Auxiliary bishop Franco Mulakkal, there was a procession after the Holy Eucharist, with the recitation of the rosary, prayers and singing in praise and worship in honour of Christ the King. The participants in the procession consisted of women, youth, children the aged and infirm. Interspersed, were Theme Floats, each with a proclamation of Christ the King-Our Universal King. The Blessed Sacrament exposed for worship and adoration on a beautifully flower decked vehicle covered the three kilometer long procession. It was a great celebration in which over ten thousand faithful actively participated. This year’s theme being- ‘Christ has opened a door of faith for us’ - on this and various other relevant social themes, messages were put across by parishes and enacted by children and the youth, who prepared eye-catching floats which were taken on the procession route . The feast, celebrated on the final Sunday of the liturgical year, which is the last Sunday before Advent, is in honour of Jesus Christ - Our Lord Over All Creation.

SAD DAY for christians in Asansol.

Asansol: 22-01-2016

Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto was born in Porvorim Village of Bardez, the Archdiocese of Goa and completed his schooling and seminary studies there.In 1967 he joined the minor seminary.He completed philosophy in 1973 and did regency in 1976 at Boys Town, Prem Nagar, Quepem, Goa.In 1977 he joined the Archdiocese of Delhi and completed theology studies in 1981 from Vidyajyoti college of theological studies. He was ordained priest on February 8, 1981. followed by two months each at Paharganj and Cathedral. In 1981 he went for mission experience at Varanasi. In 1982 (four months) he was sent as an Assistant Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s Church, NIT-5, Faridabad. Between 1982-1988 he was appointed Priest-in-Charge of ‘Prabhat’, Catholic Church, Rohtak. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Parish Priest at St. Michael’s Church, Prasad Nagar and Principal of St. Michael’s Junior School. In 1991 he became the Rector of ‘Pratiksha’, Major Seminary, Delhi. Between 1991 - 1994 he Completed M.Th. in Ecumenism at Vidyajyoti. Thereafter between 1994-1998 he went for his Doctorate in Ecumenical Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University (Angelicum), Rome. On his return in 1998 he was appointed Rector of 'Vinay Gurukul' Minor Seminary, Gurgaon. He was appointed Episcopal Vicar in 1999 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi & Titular Bishop of Cenculiana on January 17, 2001. His Episcopal Ordination was held on 11th March, 2001. He was appointed Bishop of Jalandhar on 24th February 2007 and installed as Bishop of Jalandhar on April 16, 2007. Appointed Archbishop of Delhi on 30th November 2012. Installed as Archbishop of Delhi on 20th January 2013.