History

The christians who migrated from Kerala in large numbers to Mumbai-Pune region, formed all Kerala catholic Committee in 1944, and the Kerala Catholic Association in 1961 based in Kirkee and St.Thomas Catholics of India (STCI) was formed in 1983 under the guidance of Fr.Gabinus Petta. These organisations helped in arranging Holy Mass, prayer meetings and retreats for the faithful and charity activities for poor people. The priests of St. Ignatius church, Kirkee especially Rev. Fr. Antony Lombo and Rev. Fr. George D’souza rendered commendable help in the earlier stages.

In 1984, Rev. Fr. George Kavukatt and Rev. Fr. Lonappan Arangasseri MST took charge as  chaplians of Syro-Malabar community in various regions of Pune including Kirkee and Aundh.  Syro Malabar church made commendable progress during this period and established various centres in Pune.  A new era dawned in the history of Syro-Malabar church and a long cherished dream came true when Diocese of Kalayan was formed in 1988. The leadership of Kirkee centre passed into late Rev. Fr. Antony Anikuzhikattil (Fr. Sunny) in 1991 who was a zealous and adynamic priest.  He had the vision of building a church construction committee.  But his sad and tragic demise in Jun 1992 shattered the dreams.

In the meantime the Sangvi centre had built a prayer centre namely Marian Centre in the year 1992 under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanat and blessing was done by then Bishop of Kalyan Mar Paul Chittlapally.

In Feb 1993, Rev. Fr. Paul Allapat took over the charge of Kirkee centre after a lapse of six months.  He along with Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanat took initiative to buy a land for the church in the name of Santhome Trust of Kalyan with financial assistance from Diocese of Kalyan.  With the grace of God and goodwill of people, 28 gundas of land was brought for the church in Gurav Pimple with the aim of bringing together both the centres at Kikee and Sanghvi as one community. The entire land acquisisition was supervised/assisted by Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanat,  Rev Fr Paul Alappatt S/S MT Joseph,  PJ Sebastian,  John Mathew,  KM Johny,  MT George,  Paul Pullan,  VA Devasia,  Thomas KO,  Francis T Mathew,  AT Varghese,  AP Anto and VK Wilson among others.

Rev. Fr. Paul Alapatt was posted back to Kerala and his successor Rev. Fr. Jacob Edakalathur took charge on 21st Jan 1996. As an energetic and active father, he decided to start the work.  Accordingly the foundation stone was laid by then Bishop of Kalyan Mar Paul Chittilapally on 24 Mar 1996. Fr Jacob’s organising skills combined with the commitment of the parishioners of Kirkee and Sanghvi helped in the smooth construction of the community centre as a first phase of building a church. The advice and assistance given by our beloved Bishop Mar Thomas Elavanal further helped in fulfilling the dream of having the centre in the name of St. Thomas at Gurav Pimple.  Marian centre, Sanghvi was merged with Kirkee centre and named as ‘Dapodi Parish’ and blessed on 18 Apr 1998 by His Excellency Mar Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan.

Rev. Fr. Johnson Olakkengal was the Vicar of the parish from Jun 1999 to May 2001. Subsequently Rev. Fr. Tharian Mundadan took over the charge as Vicar for the period 13 May 2001 to 30 Jan 2005.Tremendous development and expansion of the Parish took place and further acquired 15.2 gundas of adjacent land with the contribution of parishioners. Thus total area of the church became 42.2 guntas. A grotto of Mother Mary was constructed and blessed on 22nd Jan 2005 by H.E. Mar Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan.

Rev. Fr. Jose  Vazhakalyil took charge as Vicar on 31st Jan 2005.  An energetic Vicar with a long vision had initiated the church construction.  Accordingly, foundation stone was laid on 09th Apr 2006 by H.E. Mar Thomas Elavanal. After a strenuous period of 20 months, the arduous task of church construction was completed and consecrated on 27th Jan 2008.

Rev. Fr. Francis Perumaden, the Vicar  for the period  2009 to 2011 also took active interest in the overall development of the church.  During the tenure, the wall construction including the difficult construction on the river side was completed.

Rev Fr Shibu Pulickal took charge as Vicar of the parish on 31 May 2011 and moved out as the Rector of Minor Seminary, Panvel in January 2014.  He did a lot of work in both spiritual and infrastructure growth of the Parish.  The most important is the monthly retreat at our church.  Apart from that, he introduced regular bible quiz to encourage the parishners to read bible.  Other innovations introduced are Bible story writing, crib competition, start making competition, encouraging members of the family unit to interpret bible readings etc.  The compund wall was completed and a new flag-post was installed in his tenure.

Rev. Fr. Martin Velliyamkandathil took over as vicar on January 31, 2014.