Heavenly Patron : St. Thomas
Established : 1975 May 1
Priests : 21
Seminarians : 16
Area : 11360 sq.km
Sisters : 38
Total Population : 58.82 Lakh
Convents : 14
Catholic Population : 1000
Minor Seminary : 1
Churches & Chapels : 15
Senior Secondary Schools : 9
Other Schools : 3
Etawah Mission, formerly known as the Agra Mission, is the north Indian missionary outreach of the Archeparchy of Changanacherry. Founded in 1975 Etawah Mission was a response to a long cherished desire of the Catholic Church in India expressed in the CBCI meeting of Kolkata that dioceses and religious congregations from South which
are rich in vocations may be requested to take up mission territories in North where the missions were facing a shortage of personnel. There was also the constant demand of the Syro Malabar Church for their right to engage in mission work in North outside its territorium proprium.
As an answer to these twin desires that Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Athaide, then Archbishop of Agra offered the Archeparchy of Changanacherry, territories for mission work. Mar Antony Padiyara, then Archbishop of Changanacherry himself a missionary gladly accepted the invitation and sent his priests and religious to the area entrusted to the Archeparchy. Etawah Mission is a unique missionary venture in the history of the Missions in India. Perhaps this is the only case of missionary co operation between two Archdioceses following two different liturgical traditions - Agra, the Latin tradition and
Changanacherry, the East Syrian tradition.
The areas entrusted to our care were very backward and criminal in nature. The pioneer missionaries, in consultation with those having experience in the area, felt that education will be a very effective means of evangelization. Consequently the educational apostolate
of the mission was developed. She runs formal and non formal educational institutions in the districts entrusted to her care - Etawah, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Auraiya and Firozabad. The social work organization Samaj Kalyan Samiti, of the mission Etawah through various programmes, is actively involved in the social outreach programmes for the benefit of the women, children, economically and socially weak villagers, etc., in these districts.
The Mission is in the forefront of ecumenism as we have a very cordial relation with the CNI Christian brethren already present in this area. We both share two churches, the Christ Church Etawah and All Souls Memorial Church, Fatehgarh for worship witnessing to the ecumenical outreach of the mission. Our Etawah and Fatehgarh schools use the land taken on lease from the CNI diocese of Agra. Sadbhavana inter religious meetings are conducted many times a year to share our mutual faiths.
The year 2017 witnessed a big development in the ecclesiastical milieu of the Church in India. On 9 Oct 2017 Holy Father Pope Francis through “The Letter to the Bishops of India” accorded all India Jurisdiction for the Syro Malabar Church fulfilling a long cherished
desire and demand of the community. According to the apostolic letter all Syro Malabar faithful living outside the territories of the present dioceses will now come under the newly formed eparchy of Shamsabad in Telangana. Consequently the Syro Malabar faithful of
Etawah mission also became part of the newly formed diocese.
As a result and in continuation of this new development “we have come to an agreement that Etawah Mission will be granted administrative, Pastoral and missionary autonomy she has hitherto enjoyed under the Archdiocese of Agra and that a written agreement will be made between the eparchy of Shamsabad and the archeparchy of Changanacherry in this regard in the form of a contract”. (Agreement with Shamsabad, p.1). This contract was solemnly signed on 24 February 2018 at Changanacherry and Very Rev. Dr. James Palackal was appointed Vicar General of Etawah Mission for Shamsabad eparchy. This had a very positive outcome as the agreement stipulates in its clause 5 that “the above mentioned territories of Etawah Mission may be raised to the dignity of an eparchy/exarchy in due course of time”.
The second session of the 30th Syro-Malabar Synod, conducted between August 16–25, 2022, made a provision for an Auxiliary Bishop for the Eparchy of Shamshabad with special charge of Etawah-Jaipur missions, run by the Archeparchy of Changanacherry. Mar Thomas Padiyath from the Archeparchy of Changanacherry was consecrated on 8 October 2022 as Auxiliary Bishop of Shamshabad with special responsibility of the Etawah-Jaipur missions.
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