St.Fidelis Province, North India - About The Province

Modern Geographic Name: St. Fidelis Province, North India

Patron Saint: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Nation: India

Year of Foundation: 1996

Evolution of Province:
It was one of the missions of the single Indian Capuchin Province of Immaculate Heart till the year 1972. On September 25, 1981 it was erected as a Vice Province by Br Paschal Rywalski, the then General Minister. The vice province was known as St Fidelis North East Vice Province. On April 27, 1996 Br John Corriveau, the then General Minister, inaugurated and raised the vice province of North East to the status of a full fledged independent province.

Historical origins of the province:
The missions in North India were entrusted to several European and Canadian provinces. Eventually, with the decrease in number of foreign missionaries, the single Indian Capuchin province of Immaculate Heart took care of these missions up to the year 1972. With the division of the single Indian province, Agra-Lucknow Mission was created and it was taken care by the Holy Trinity Province Karnataka. The extension of the missionary presence to Ranchi came about later. In 1981 Agra, Lucknow and Ranchi were constituted as a separate entity and Br Paschal Rywalski, the then General Minister, erected it as a vice province in 1981.

Other important details:
On April 27, 1996, Br John Corriveau, the then General Minister, raised the vice province of North East to the status of a full fledged, independent province: St Fidelis Province, North India.
Missions entrusted to the province: The New Zealand Custody of Ireland Province was suppressed and declared officially as the delegation of St. Fidelis Province North India, Lucknow on March 01, 2016. The Decrees of General Minister and Provincial Minister were read out on the day of its declaration in New Zealand.
Specific activities:Pastoral, Educational, Prayer/Retreat House, Social work (informal Literary Classes).

Statistics:
As on 10.02.2017: 26 Friaries: (out of these 16 parishes), 1 Mission, 1 Collaboration with Solidarity of Personnel, 8 Educational Institutions (8 English Medium Schools, 6 Local Medium Primary Schools), 153 Professed Friars (103 Clerics, 2 Lay Friars, 48 Student Friars)

Friaries listed according to the year of their foundation: St Francis Home, Nainital (1900), Hartmann Ashram, Bareilly (1966), St Fidelis Ashram, Lucknow (1970), Capuchin Ashram, Agra (1973), Vinayalaya, Varanasi (1978), Kripa Sadan, Aragate (1982), Vidya Sadan, Ranchi (1984), Shanti Niketan, Sikajor (1990), Padri Ki Haveli, Patna (1991), Jyotiniketan Ashram, Kareli (1991), Assisi House, Harasmara (1992), Nav Deep, Nanpara (1992), Asha Deep, Motihari (1993), Clara Nivas, Badibahal (1993), Assisi Nivas, Kolkata (1995), Atma Deep, Jamshedpur (1997), St Francis Assisi Church, Anadaman (2002), Padre Pio Ashram, Haldijharia (2002), Arpan, Rourkela (2003), Gyan Deep, Kainsera (2005), Karunalaya, Bamanpukur (2005), St Joseph’s Church, Kiriburu (2007), Kiranodaya, Dumka (2008), St Francis Friary, Nepal (2008), Francis Bhavan, Bareilly (2009), St. Anthony Academy, Pokhari (2014), Jivan Deep, Khunti ( 2014) Assisi Nivas, Kanthalberia(2015), Assisi House, Jharsuguda (2016)

Current friaries: Nainital (Uttarakhand), Bareilly x 2 houses (U.P.), Lucknow (U.P.), Agra (U.P.), Varanasi (U.P.), Ranchi x 2 houses (Jharkhand), Sikajor (Orissa), Patna (Bihar), Harasmara (Orissa), Nanpara (U.P.), Motihari (Bihar), Badibahal (Orissa), Kestopur (W. Bengal), Jamshedpur x 2 houses (Jharkhand),Haldijharia (Chattisgarh), Lathikata (Orissa), Kainsera (Orissa), Kiriburu (Jharkhand), Dumka (Jharkhand), Fagu (W. Bengal), Khunti (Jharkhand), Kanthalberia (W. Bengal), Jharsuguda (Odisha)

Friaries owned by Province: (1)St. Francis Home ,Nainital (2)Hartmann Ashram, Bareilly (3) St. Fidelis Ashram, Lucknow (4) Capuchin Ashram, Agra (5) Vinayalaya, Varanasi (6) Kripa Sadan, Aragate (7) Vidya Sadan, Samlong (8) Padri-Ki-Haweli, Patna (9) Nav Deep, Nanpara (10) Asha Deep, Motihari (11) Gyan Deep, Kainsera (12) Kiranodaya, Susnia (13) Francis Bhawan, Bareilly (14) St. Anthony Firary, Jamshedpur (15) Jivan Deep, Khunti (16) Assisi Nivas, Kanthalberia (17) Assisi House, Jharsuguda

Friaries Agreement with the Diocese: (1)Shantiniketan, Sikajore (2)Assisi House, Harasmara (3)Clara Nivas, Badibahal (4)Assisi House, Kolkata (5)Atma Deep, Mango (6) Padre Pio Ashram, Haldijharia (7) Arpan, Lathikata (8) St. Joseph’s Church, Kiriburu (9)St Francis of Assisi Church, Fagu

Closed friaries: (Karunalaya, Bamanpukur: handed over to the diocese on April 26, 2009)
( Jyotiniketan Ashram : handed over to the diocese on February 15, 2015) (St.Francis Asisi Chuch ,Andamans: handed over to the diocese on March 28, 2016)


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