St. Fidelis Church Aligarh
HISTORY

It was on 2nd August, 1961the then Archbishop Dr. Dominic Athaide appointed Fr. Edmund OFM Cap to initiate the first Mission Station of the Archdiocese of Agra. He started the mission in Aligarh residing in a rented room in Abdullah Lodge and offering Sunday Mass in the spacious residence of the then Aligarh Station Master, Mr. Cabral, a Catholic from Allahabad. Meanwhile the Archbishop invited the FSMA Sisters of Mhow (M.P.), to open a convent and an English medium School in Aligarh. The Sisters camped in Chhatri Wali Kothi on rent, and later shifted to Khalil Manzil The school was in another building in the premises of Abdullah Lodge on Marris Road, till it was in permanent soil in 1967. The second Priest in-charge of the Mission, also the first Diocesan Priest was Fr. Thomas Paramundayil (1964-1967). His ingenuity, wisdom and farsightedness gave a permanent campus to the Mission. With the arrival of Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the Mission became more lively. After staying in a rented house for a couple of years, the Sisters moved to their own house in Jamalpur in 1983.The Mission was blessed with its Church in 1986 by Fr. Jose Akkara, the then Priest in-charge. The founding of St. Fidelis School in 1992 by Fr. K. K. Thomas, brought enhancement to the Mission. From 1993, the Holy Family  Congregation has been rendering their services. Later in 2001, Fr. Sebastian Pantaladi shifted the classes from 6 upward to the new site in Tala Nagari. Fr. Dennis D'Souza upgraded the School to Senior Secondary. In the year 2005, the Fatima Sisters came to assist in the field of education. The unique, alternative ministry, catering to the needs of street children, Savio Navjeevan Bal Bhavan was established on 31st August 2005 by Fr. Jose Akkara. In July 2010, the congested shelter in Ekta Nagar reached to a spacious house in Tala Nagari.

The Inter-religious dialgue, a unique endeavour to bring the people of different faiths to gether, was very dear to the hearts of the pioneer Archbishop of Agra, The Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Athaide. He started this movement in Aligarh in the year 1974 itself. 'Sadbhavana' - was established in 2012 in this Mission and is headed by Fr. Varghese Kunnath.

Other Details
Address: Ramghat Road, Aligarh – 202001

Phone: 0571-2740468

Patron/ess: St. Fidelis

Parish Priest: None

Mobile: None

Established Year: 1961

Number of Catholics: 276

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