St. Fidelis Church
It was in 1961 the then Archbishop Dr. Dominic Athaide invited the Sisters of St. Mary of Angels, Mhow, M.P. to open a convent and an English medium school in Aligarh. The then Provincial of the Sisters, Mother M. Theresa accompanied by two other Sisters visited Agra and Aligarh in this connection. In July the same year, a team of four sisters was sent to Aligarh. They camped in “Chariti Wali Kothi”, an old house given to them on rent. It was soon christened “Lady Fatima Convent”. Later it was shifted to ”Khalil Manzil”. The school was held in another building in the premises of Abdullah Lodge on Marris Road. The school grew year by year in strength. The need was felt for having more space and proper buildings. Thanks to the ingenuity and wisdom of Fr. Thomas Paramundayil, the then chaplain, who left no stone unturned to find a suitable site. It is largely due to his farsightedness that the present school was completed in 1967. Until the Convent wing was built in 1974, the Sisters were accommodated in the classrooms of the school. Fr. Edmund was the first chaplain followed by Fr. Thomas Paramundayil. The priest’s house – St. Fidelis Niwas was built adjacent to the school campus in 1970 during the chaplaincy of Fr. Peter Celestine, now the Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar diocese. The present Church is the result of the hard work of Fr. Jose Akkara. The Church was blessed on June 24th, 1987. Till then the Church activities were conducted in the Convent chapel. The arrival of the Missionaries of Charity in June 1981 has opened a new chapter in the missionary apostolate.
St. Fedelis Church, Ramghat Road, Aligarh – 202 001
Number of Catholics:
Prem Niwas, Jamlpur