Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Poona
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 30000000
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 77812
 
Founded:
Diocesan Priests: 69
  Total area:
60814 Sqkm
Religious Priests: 113
 
Province:
Bombay
Religious Sisters: 456
 
Region:
Western
Seminarians: 7
  Patron:
St Patrick
  Languages: Hindi Kongini Marathi Telugu
  Civil States:

Maharashtra: Pune Sangli Satara and Solapur and the parish of Kolhapur

Contact Diocese of Poona:
Bishops House 1-B Prince of Wales Drive Pune - 411 001 MAHARASHTRA
Telephone 1:
020-26 36 00 65 26 36 13 18 / 020-26 34 35 10
Fax:
26 34 35 10
 
E-Mail Office:
punedioc@vsnlcom
Website:
 
Most Rev Thomas Dabre, Bishops of Poona
Name:
Most Rev Thomas Dabre
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 020-26 36 10 01
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Poona
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Valerian D Souza Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Poona
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
30
 
Hospitals:
   
Degree Colleges:
3
Major Seminaries:
13
 
Orphanages:
3
   
Technical Training Centres:
2
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
38
Monastries:
30
 
Crches:
3
   
Lower Primary Schools:
4
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
21
 
Social Centres:
12
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
4
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
7
       
Boarding Houses:
9
   
Upper Primary Schools:
3
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
2
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
2
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 9        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Poona
 
The Poona Diocese consists of the civil districts of Pune Satara Solapur Sangli Kolhapur Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg?
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Around 1790 the Archbishop of Goa at the request of Dom Manuel Noronha a Portuguese officer working in the Peshwa??s army sent Fr Vincent Joaquim Menezes to minister to the Catholics working in the army of the Peshwas Fr Menezes resided and said Mass in the house of Dom Noronha In 1794 with the contribution of the Catholics in the army a small chapel was built at Nana Peth on a plot offered by the Peshwa The First Mass was celebrated in this chapel on Christmas Day These were the beginning of the Church of the Immaculate Conception commonly known as the City Church?
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About 1800 the Vicar Apostolic of Bombay started sending his priests to minister to the Catholics in the Scindia??s army but he stopped this about 1804 In 1835 Fr Britto a Goan priest working under the Vicar Apostolic acted as Military Chaplain in a Chapel built at Right Flank Lines Wanowrie In 1850 St Patrick??s church the present Cathedral was built?
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Poona was erected into a Vicariate Apostolic by dismemberment from Bombay on March 8 1854 and entrusted to the Society of Jesus The Vicar Apostolic of Bombay remained Administrator till the Hierarchy was established in 1886 Bp Bernard Beider ?? Linden sj was appointed its First Bishop?
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On October 20 1953 the Catholics of Ratnagiri District and those of the Church of the Immaculate Conception Pune who formerly belonged to the Archdiocese of Goa were placed under the jurisdiction of the bishop of Poona On November 30 1953 the districts of Dharwar and Bijapur formerly in the Poona diocese were attached to the newly constituted Diocese of Belgaum?
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On June 9 1987 the Holy Father created the Diocese of Nashik comprising four districts Nashik Dhule Jalgaon and Ahmednagar of the Poona diocese and appointed Fr Thomas Bhalerao sj as its First Bishop?
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The re-dedication of St Patrick??s Cathedral took place on October 22 1987 The roof of the old Cathedral collapsed shortly before midnight on July 15 1984 The outer walls and facade have been retained but there is now a vault roof of concrete?
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His Holiness created the Eparchy of Kalyan on May 19 1988 which is contiguous with the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Diocese of Poona and Nashik On August 24 1988 Fr Paul Chittilapilly was ordained Eparch of Kalyan and the new diocese was formally inaugurated and all Catholics of the Syro-Malabar Rite in the diocese came under his jurisdiction
Prelates of the Diocese of Poona
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. William Z. Gomes 1967-1976 Bp. Andrew D'Souza 1949-1967
Bp. Henry Doering SJ 1927-1949 Bp. Henry Doering SJ 1907-1921
Bp. Bernard Beider Linden SJ 1887-1907