Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Goa-Daman
Heirarchy of the Diocese
31 January 1533
Diocesan Priests:
  Total area:
33583 Sq. km
Religious Priests:
Goa & Daman
Religious Sisters:
Blessed Joseph Viz
  Languages: Konkani English Marathi Portuguese Gujarati Hindi
  Civil States: Goa Daman and DiuDadra and Nagar Haveli
Contact Archdiocese Office :
Archbishop's House Altinho Panaji - 403 001. GOA.
Telephone 1:
0832-24 22 652 22 23 353 / 22 24 139
22 24 139
E-Mail Office:
Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishops of Goa-Daman
Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao
Archbishops     Period: 2003-
Telephone (P):
0832-22 25 291
E-mail (P):
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Goa-Daman
Bishops NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Raul N Gonsalves Retired 1978-2004
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Goa-Daman
Pilgrim PlaceWebsite
Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa
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          Aged & Destitute: 19        
History of the Archdiocese of Goa-Daman

The glorious chapter of the expansion of the Catholic Church in the east can be said to have begun after the European 'discovery' of the sea route to India in 1498. This helped the coming of the European fathers to these lands one of them being St. Francis Xavier the great Apostle of the East and Patron of the Missions. Goa is privileged to have been the starting point of his Church work labours and the place where his sacred remains are preserved.

Goa was called the "Rome of the East" due to the central role it played in the evangelization of the east. One Goan priest Fr Joseph Vaz who distinguished himself in the evangelization of Sri Lanka and is therefore acclaimed as the 'Apostle of Ceylon' was beatified by Pope John Paul II on January 21 1995. Another Goan priest Fr Agnelo de Souza member of the Missionary Society of Pilar is hopefully on the way to beatification.

Pope Clement VII erected the See of Goa on January 31 1533. Its Jurisdiction extended from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to China and Japan. On February 4 1557 Pope Paul IV detached Goa from the province of Lisbon and raised it to a Metropolitan Archdiocese having as suffragans the Dioceses of Cochin and Malacca (Malaysia). In the course of time the Sees of Macau (near Hong Kong) Funay (Japan) Cranganore Mylapore Nanking and Peking in China Mozambique in East Africa and Daman were created and made suffragans of Goa.

In 1572 Pope Gregory XIII by his Brief dated March 15 acknowledged the Archbishop of Goa as the Primate of the East. By 1857 Goa had gained some more suffragans while on the other hand it had lost most of its overseas suffragans to the exception of Macau and Mozambique. On January 23 1886 Pope Leo XIII invested the Archbishop of Goa with the title of Patriarch of East Indies. In the same year the Archdiocese of Cranganore was suppressed and its title was annexed to the Diocese of Daman and after the suppression of the later in 1928 to the Archdiocese of Goa. From 1928 this Archdiocese is known as "Goa and Daman" and its Archbishop is also the Titular Archbishop of Cranganore.

Further delinkings were effected when Mozambique was detached from Goa in 1940 followed by the Dioceses of Cochin and Mylapore in 1950 and the Vicariates General of the Ghats (Districts of Belgaum Sindhudurg Ratnagiri and Sangli) and of Canara (North Canara Dt.) in 1953.

By the end of 1961 Indian troops marched on Goa Daman and Diu and the Portuguese sovereignty over these territories came to an end. The following year the last Portuguese Patriarch-Archbishop of Goa and Daman Abp Jose Vieira Alvernaz left India. By the time his resignation was accepted by the Holy See in 1975 the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman had been governed by Goa Apostolic Administrators (Bishop Francisco Rebelo till 1972 and Bishop Raul N. Gonsalves till 1978). Meanwhile as late as 1976 the Diocese of Macau (China) and Timor (Indonesia) were delinked and the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was placed directly under the Congregation for the Evangelisation of the Peoples. The area of the Archdiocese today is comprised of the territory of Goa and the territories belonging to the suppressed Diocese of Daman v.g. Daman Diu Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

By Papal Bull "Quoniam Archdioecesi" dated January 30 1978 Pope Paul VI appointed Bp Raul N. Gonsalves to the Archiepiscopal See of Goa and Daman with the title of Patriarch "ad honorem" of the East Indies. Having taken canonical possession of the Archdiocese in the 'Se Catedral' at Old Goa on March 5 1978 Abp Raul N. Gonsalves became the 33rd Archbishop of Goa and Daman and the 6th Patriarch of the East Indies - "the first Indian incumbent of that office".

- In the Centenary Year of the Patriarchate of the East Indies (1886-1986) the Primatial Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was visited by His Holiness John Paul II who during his pastoral visit to India stayed in Goa from 5th to 7th February 1986.

By the Papal Bull "Inter Gravissimas" of Pope John Paul II dated 12th December 2003 Most. Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao ordained Bishop on 10th April 1994 and serving the Archdiocese as its Auxiliary Bishop was appointed Archbishop of Goa and Daman and Patriarch "ad honorem" of the East Indies. the public announcement of the appointment was made on the 16th January 2004 and he was officially installed at the "Se Cathedral" at Old Goa on the 21st March 2004.

On November 25 2006 the holy Father constituted the Diocese of Sindhudurg formerly a Suffragan of Bombay diocese as a Suffragan of this Archdiocese thus creating once again (after a gap of thirty years) the Metropolitan Province of Goa and Daman.-

Prelates of the Archdiocese of Goa-Daman
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Abp. Raul Nicolau Gonsalves Archbishop 1978 - 2004 Abp Jos Vieira Alvernaz Archbishop 1953 -1975
Abp Jos Cardinal da Costa Nues Archbishop 1940 -1953 Abp. Teotonio Emanuele Ribeira Vieira de Castro Archbishop 1929 -1940
Abp. Matheus de Oliveira Xavier Archbishop 1909 -1929 Abp. Antonio Sebasti?o Valente Archbishop 1881 -1908
Abp. Aires de Ornelas de Vasconcelos Archbishop 1874 -1880 Abp Joo Crisstomo de Amorim Pessoa OFM Archbishop 1861 -1874
Abp. Manuel Santo Galdino O.F.M. Archbishop 1812 -1831 Abp. Manuel de Santa Catarina O.C.D. Archbishop 1783-1812
Abp Francisco da Assumpo e Brito OSA Archbishop 1773 -1783 Abp Louren de Santa Maria Archbishop 1742 -1752
Abp Eugnio Trigueiros OSA Archbishop 1740 -1741 Abp In cio de Santa Teresa OSA Archbishop 1721-1740
Abp. Aleixo de Meneses Archbishop 1595 - 1612 Abp. Mateus de Medina Archbishop 1588 - 1592
Abp. Gaspar de Le?o Pereira Archbishop 1560 - 1567