The history of the Carmel Parish, Pune, dates back to the early 1970s. The Carmel Vidya Bhavan which is the CMI Study House established in Pune in 1943 took the initiative to look after the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malabar migrants in the city of Pune. Carmel used to render pastoral services for the people settled down in places like Khadki, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Vishranthawadi, Dehu Road and so on. Celebration of Holy Qurbana for the people at Carmel Vidya Bhavan started in 1973. At that time there were only three families. Fr. Gabinus Petta, CMI, the Rector of Carmel Vidya Bhavan in 1983, started organizing the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Pune more systematically. In 1987, there were 10 families coming for the Qurbana was conducted in the small Chapel of Carmel Vidya Bhavan. In 1988, the Carmel Parish Community was established by Bishop Paul Chittilappilly and entrusted to Carmel Vidya Bhavan when Fr. Andrews Athappilly was the Rector of Carmel Vidya Bhavan. There were 30 families in it. As the community grew, the Qurbana was celebrated in the dining hall of Carmel Vidya Bhavan.
On 19th March 1990, the CMI Congregation generously donated a plot of land to the Diocese of Kalyan on the agreement that the Rector of Carmel Vidya Bhavan would be the Parish Priest as well. Then Rector, Fr. Andrews Athappilly was appointed. the first Parish Priest. The above contract was renewed by Fr. Antony Kariyil, CMI Prior General and Bishop Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan, on 19th March 2006.
In 1990 there were 60 families in the parish. The foundation stone of the Church was laid by Bishop Paul Chittilappilly on 13th January, 1989. Carmel Parish Trust was registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act- 29 on 15th July, 1992 when Fr. James Aerthayil was the Parish Priest (1990-93). The Church was blessed on 18th February, 1993 and it was inaugurated by the then Prior General Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Mampra, CMI. It was coincided with the Golden Jubilee of the inception of the Carmel Vidya Bhavan in Pune. There were 80 families at that time. The following parish priests Fr. James Narithookil (1993-96), Fr. John Marius Manickanamparambil (1996-99) and Fr. Norbert Edattukanan (1999-2002) also served the parish.
When Fr. Anto Thekkuden was the Parish priest, the Church was renovated and a Parish Hall titled “Chavara Hall” was constructed above the Church. It was blessed by Bishop Thomas Elavanal on 4th February 2005. Fr Thomas Mampra has served as parish priest from 2005- 2008. On 5th July 2009, when Fr. Mathew Kaniamparampil was the Parish priest, the Carmel community was declared a fullfledged Parish. In 2010, Rev. Fr. Mathew Kaniamparampil CMI, renovated the church and also built a new exit for Chavara hall, as a two-way exit. On 5 May 2011, our parish priest Fr. Mathew Kaniamparampil passed away in Kerala after a brief illness.
Now, we have 200 families with a total number of 800 parishioners and 7 units. All the associations: Father’s Association, Mother’s Association, Youth, Catechism, Altar Angels are very active under the guidance of Parish Priest, from time to time.
Later, the priests who served our parish are: . Fr. Peter Kochalumkal and t Fr. Antony Puthenangady.
At present Fr. Joy Puthussery CMI is the parish priest.
Parish Priest: Fr. Antony Puthenangady CMI
Establishment of Parish Community: 1990
Official Erection as a Parish: 05/07/2009
Date of the Consecration of the Church: 04/02/2005
Area of the Church Property:
No. of Family’s: 200
No. of Family Units: 7
Address: PB No. 3030, Matchwell Factory Road,Sainikwadi, Vadagaonsheri,Pune – 411 014
Phone No.: 020-27033856
How to reach:
Holy Qurbana: Sun. 8.30 am & 7.00 pm at Carmel Parish,Vadgaonsheri
Weekdays Qurbana: 7.00 pm at Carmel Parish, Vadgaonsheri
Name of the Religious Congregation & Province: CMI (Fathers),CMC (Sisters) at Kharadi, Thrissur Province & CMC (Sisters) at Shirur
Type of the Institutions at parish territory: Carmel Vidya Bhavan (CMI),Christ College (CMI),Nirmala Convent High School (CMC) & Institute for the Mentally Challenged Children (CMC)