St. Francis Xavier's Church Etah
HISTORY

In 1960 the F.C.C. Sisters began their first Mission House in San Damiano Convent, Agra. Since a few Catholics were already working in Kasganj as Railway employees, Brother Hubert thought of opening a station at Kasganj. He had to meet the Planning Officer at Etah in that connection, as Kasganj is in Etah District. The Planning Officer directed Brother Hubert to the then District Magistrate Mr. Moizuddin Ahmed who was longing for a Missionary to run an English medium School at Etah. The District Magistrate agreed to find a suitable place. This news was conveyed to the Archbishop and he gave his consent to this proposal. The Archbishop entrusted the work of opening the school to the F.C.C. Sisters. On July 19,1962 the Sisters reached Etah and the first ever Holy Mass was celebrated in Etah by Rev. Fr. Mathew, OFM Cap in the Sisters’ chapel which was in a rented building. After staying in a rented building for a long time, the need to purchase land for the Presbytery was felt by Fr. Vijayan. He was successful in purchasing a piece of land and constructing a priests’ residence on the Etah-Agra Road. Thus on May 5, 1980 the Presbytery was blessed by the then Archbishop Most Rev. Dominic Athaide and it was named ‘Shanti Niwas’. As the number of Catholics was growing it was found that the chapel of the Assisi Convent was insufficient to accommodate all the faithful so the foundation stone for a new Church was laid on May 7, 1988 by Most Rev. Dr. Cecil deSa. The long cherished dream of having a Church at Etah came to a reality on January 31,1999 when Most Rev. Dr. Vincent M. Concessao blessed the new Church and dedicated it to St. Francis Xavier as its patron. Fr. Joe Vadakkekara was the then priest in-charge. Rev. Fr. Timothy, OFM Cap., Fr. Pius, OFM Cap., Fr. Peter Celestine OFM Cap., Fr. Thomas Paramundayil, Fr. Lawrence OFM Cap., Fr. Vijayan OFM Cap., Fr. John Lewis, Fr. Raphy Manjaly, Fr. John D’Cunha, Fr. Sebastian Pantaladi, Fr. Ignatius Miranda, Fr. Ignatius Chulliyil, Fr. Joe Vadakkekara, Fr. George Paul and Fr. Thomas K.K. have rendered dedicated service to this Mission. Though numerically small, we are blessed to have many Institutions in this Parish. Of late, a new formation house in Shanti Niwas was also inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gracias on July 11, 2004. This caters to the needs of the local candidates who want to become priests for the Archdiocese.

Other Details
Address: St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Shanti Niwas, Agra Road, Etah Etah

Phone: 05742-233790

Patron/ess: St. Francis Xavier

Parish Priest: None

Mobile: None

Established Year: 1962

Number of Catholics: 120

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