Milestones

30 April 1988 Pope John Paul II establishment of the Eparchy comprising the areas of Latin Archdiocese of Bombay, Dioceses of Pune & Nasik.


04 May 1988 The Apostolic Pro-Nuncio served the letter of the erection of the New Eparchy of Kalyan and the appointment of its first bishop to Mgr. Paul Chittilapilly.


09 May 1988 A letter was sent to His Holiness Pope John Paul II and to His Grace Agostino Cacciavillan by the Bishop-elected Mar Paul Chittilapilly, thanking both of them for erecting the Eparchy of Kalyan for the Syro-Malabar faithful.


19 May 1988 The announcement was done by His Eminence Simon Cardinal Pimenta at Santhome Centre, Kalina.


25 May 1988 The Bishop-elect Mgr. Paul Chittilapilly requested the Holy See to be ordained on 24th August, dispensing him from the obligation taking the possession of the Eparchy within 3 months.


21 June 1988 Dispensation letter by the Cardinal Simon Lourduswami was given to Mgr. Paul Chittilapilly permitting him to be ordained on 24th August 1988.


24 Aug 1988 The inauguration of the Eparchy of Kalyan and the consecration of Mar Paul Chittilapilly as its first bishop. The main consecrator was His Eminence Antony Cardinal Padiyara, Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly and the co-consecrators were Mar Joseph Kundukulam, Bishop of Trichur and Mar Gregarious of Syro Malankara Church. Cardinal Simon Pementa preached the Sermon of the Consecration Ceremony.


1988 Guidelines for Pastoral practice in the territory of the Eparchy of Kalyan, the Archdiocese of Bombay, and of the Diocese of Pune & Nasik: Given from Rome.


1988 – 1989 Joint letter written by the Bishops to the faithful: Bombay & Kalyan (August 13, 1988).Pune & Kalyan (August 15, 1989).Nasik & Kalyan (October 03, 1989).


30 Nov 1989 Inter ritual committee Bombay-Kalyan.


29 June, 1991 Setting up of the Curia: Chancellor & Finance Officer (with the inauguration of the Eparchy on 24thAugust ) and Vicar General.


1 May 1990 Sangli, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri districts were formed into Sangli Mission and entrusted to Missionary Society of St. Thomas (MST) for mission work.


31 July 1990 Morcha at Azad Maidan for Justice for Women together with the Archdiocese of Bombay.


7-11 Jan 1991 1st Satsang, at Retreat Centre, Bandra. Theme: Role of Pastoral Council in the Development of the Diocese of Kalyan – Critical evaluation of the functioning – Future Role.


August 1991 Inauguration of the Bishop’s House at Powai.


11 Sept 1991 Ahmednagar district was entrusted to Vincentian Congregation (VC) for mission work.


4 Oct 1992 Satara, Solapur districts were formed to Satara-Solapur Mission and entrusted to Missionary Congregation of Blessed Sacrament (M.C.B.S) for mission work.


2 Feb 1993 Jalgaon, Dhule districts were formed as Chavara Mission and entrusted to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.)for mission work.


31 Jan 1991 The reply from Vatican regarding change of rite.


18 Sept 1993 Indult was given from Vatican.


25 Jan 1994 Clarifications on the indult by the Apostolic Nunciature in Delhi.


26-29 June 1995 2nd Satsang, at Atma Darshan, Andheri (E). Theme:To consider the affairs of the Eparchy of Kalyan.


18 Dec 1996 Announcement of the Transfer of Bp. Paul Chittilapilly to Diocese of Thamarassery and appointment of Bp. Thomas Elavanal as the Second Bishop of Kalyan.


8 Feb 1997 Consecration and Enthronementof Mar Thomas Elavanal as Bishop of Kalyan. The main consecrator was His Grace Mar VarkeyVithayathil, the Apostolic Administrator of Syro-Malabar Church and the co-consecrators were Archbishop Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy and Mar Paul Chittilapilly.


13 Feb 1997 Bishop Paul Chittilapilly took charge of the Bishop of Thamarassery.


19th June 1998 Beginning of Minor Seminary, Aloor in the building of Irinjalakuda diocese.


1st April 1999 The Particular Laws of the Syro-Malabar Church, ‘the Palliyogam – Procedure Rules’ was promulgated in the Eparchy of Kalyan with the requisite modifications.


28 June – 1 July 99 3rd Satsang Theme: Ministry of Priests in the Eparchy of Kalyan in view of the third millennium.


27- 30 Aug 2001 4th Satsang at Retreat House, Bandra. Theme: Social Welfare activities of Associations.


15 Dec 2002 A relic of St. Thomas brought from Orthona in Italy was installed at Kalyan in the Jubilee year of St.Thomas’ arrival in India (2002) by His Beatitude Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil.


30 April 2003 A request to the Holy See for raising Sangli Mission in the Eparchy of Kalyan into an Independent Eparchy.


6 – 9 Oct 2003 5th Satsang at Retreat House, Bandra. Theme: God’s people on the move-Integral Development of the faithful.


29 Oct-1 Nov 05 The Eucharistic Year was concluded with Eucharist Congress.


21-24 Nov 2005 6th Satsang: at AtmaDarshan, Andheri (E). Theme: Priestly commitment on Spiritual, Pastoral, Personal and Social fields.


1 July 2006 Eparchial Minor Seminary was blessed and inaugurated by Mar Thomas Elavanal at Santhome Nagar, Panvel.


23 – 26 Oct 2006 The first ever Assembly of the Eparchy of Kalyan was conducted at St. Pius Seminary, Goregaon West with 92 participants.


2007 The year was celebrated as Year of Children and Youth (YCY), and it was inaugurated in St. Xavier’s School Auditorium, Kanjurmarg (West).


17-20 Sept 2007 7th Satsang at AtmaDarshan, Andheri (E) Theme: “Parish Pastoral Guidelines” (Edavakathalatthilajapalanamargarekha).


2008 The year was celebrated as Year of Family Renewal (YFR), and it was inaugurated on 11th November 2007 during the conclusion of Charismatic Convention.


8 May 2008 Blessing of Ashraya Old Age Home at Haj Malank, Kalyan East by Mar Thomas Elavanal.


15 June 2008 Inauguration of Ashraya Old Age Home at Haj Malank, Kalyan East by Mr. Chandrakant Handore, Minister of Social Welfare of Maharashtra.


2009 The year was celebrated as Year of Social Commitment (YSC), inaugurated on 26th January 2009 at 3.30 pm in St. Xavier’s School Auditorium, Kanjurmarg (West).


15-18 Sept 2009 8th Satsang: at Satyagiri, Igatpuri. Theme: Diocese of Kalyan 2020.


2010 The year was celebrated as Year of Priests, Religious and Vocation (YPRV), inaugurated on 9th January 2010 at 4.00 pm in St. Thomas Church, Borivli.


16 Nov 2010 Koinonia 2010 – A meet of Fathers, Sisters and Brothers was held at St. Thomas Minor Seminary, Panvel.


12 June 2010 Blessing of Anugaraha Boy’s Hostel at Haj Malank, Kalyan East.


2011 The year was celebrated as Year of Holy Spirit, Life and Evangelization (YHLE), inaugurated on 30th January 2011 at 3.00 pm in St. Thomas Cathedral Church, Kalyan (West).


26-28 Sept 2011 9th Satsang at AtmaDarshan, Andheri (E). Theme: Jubilee Year Celebration – Diocese of Kalyan.


20 Nov. 2011 Consecration and blessing of St. Thomas Cathedral Church, Kalyan West.


2012 The year was celebrated as Year of Holy Bible and Holy Eucharist.


2 Oct 2012 Consecration of the Chapel and Blessing of the Animation and Renewal Centre (ARC), Panvel.


2 Oct 2012 Inauguration of the Jubilee Year and inauguration of Year 2013 which is celebrated as Year of Mother Mary and St. Thomas and celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination of Mar Paul Chittilapilly.


9 Dec 2012 Marian Pilgrimage and Faith Proclamation Rally at Mother of Victory Church, Tikujiniwadi.


6 Jan-1 May 2013 Relic Procession of St. Thomas went through the parishes.
1st May 2013 Re-installation of the Relic of St. Thomas the Apostle at St. Thomas Cathedral Church, Kalyan West.


4 April 2013 Mass Wedding of 50 couples from different religions held at St. Theresa School, Dombivli East.


12- 14 Sep 2013 Symposium held at Animation and Renewal Centre, Panvel, with 200 delegates with participation of Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Latin Churches.


2013 Honouring of the Lay Pillars (Nasik Region – 7th September 2013; Pune Region- 26th September 2013; Central Region –29th September 2013, Harbour Region -16th October 2013, Western Region – 27th October 2013).


7-9 Nov 2013 Silver Jubilee Convention held at Somaiya Ground, Sion, Mumbai.


10th Nov 2013 Silver Jubilee Conclusion of Eparchy of Kalyan held at Somaiya Ground, Sion, Mumbai.

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