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Prsidential address
Conversation between theologian-bishop Rt. Rev. Thomas Dabre and Fr. Francis Gonsalves, as the new President of JDV, Pune

Corpus Christi

By Prof. Fr. Francis Gonsalves, SJ, President, JDV, Pune, and Exec. Secty. of CCBI's Commission for Theology

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The Poona Diocese consists of the civil districts of Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli & Kolhapur city.

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 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.

Around 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.

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. Rt.Rev.Bernard Bieder-Linden SJ was appointed its first Bishop.

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.

On June 9, 1987 the Holy Father created the Diocese of Nashik comprising of four districts - Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon and Ahmednagar - of the Poona Diocese and appointed Fr.Thomas Bhalerao SJ as its first bishop.

The rededication 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.

His Holiness created the Eparchy of Kalyan on May 19, 1988 which is contiguous with the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Dioceses of Poona and Nashik. On August 24, 1988 Rev.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.

The First Diocesan Synod was held at Ishvani Kendra, Pune, from 11 to 14 February 2003. The theme of the Synod was: WE ARE THE CHURCH. 144 delegates from all the 7 districts came together in love for the Church and the Diocese to share their opinions and talents and use their charisms to make the Synod truly a pilgrimage – a walking together – in the power of the Spirit.

Rosary for a cause
Poona Diocese is organising a rosary marathon during the month of October.

Total rosaries prayed so far: NA

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Fr. Raphael Muntode
23 Rt. Rev. Thomas Dabre
24 Fr. William Anthony
Faith Walk 2020
Altar Servers

Online Altar Servers Ministry. This initiative is taken by Don Bosco Youth Centre as a service to the Diocese of Poona to enhance online teaching.

Salesian Catechetical Centre New

Sad Demise
With deep regret and sorrow we announce the sad demise of Rev. Valerian D’Souza (the Emeritus Bishop of Poona) who left for Heavenly Abode on Tuesday 25/02/2020 at 11.20 pm.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.