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KEUTINIMARI, Keountunimary Catholic Church

Estd. :

1993

Patron :

 

Address :

P.o.
Keountunimary,
Mayurbhanj, Orissa
Pin - 757014
Phone : 06792 - 240337

Gram Panchayat :

Keountunimary

Catholic families :

70

No. of Catholics :

275

No. of Substations :

1

Parish Priest :

Fr. Siby Karimkattikulam

Associate Pastor :

Nil

No. of Catechists :

3

Religious insitutions :

Karunalaya Convent (UMI)

Educational insitutions :

Nil

Socio-welfare activities :

Boys’ Hostel
Girls’ Hostel
Women Organisation

Health Care :

Karunalaya Dispensary
Health reach out Programmes
Community Health Programmes.

Pious associations :

Nil

History of the Parish :
Evangelization started in this region in 1978, when Fr. Joseph Thyil C.M. from K.C.Pur made contacts and received a few into Faith in Kalkasol village. As Faith began to spread in to other villages, a temporary shed was put up in Kalkasol and began to be attended from K.C.Pur. On 9th December 1983, Fr. Paul Kidangan was appointed pastor of Kalkasol. Residing in K.C.Pur, he frequently visited and developed the centre.

In 1985 when he was appointed Parish Priest of Kusudia, Fr. Joseph Kureekal took charge of Kalkasol. He too, residing at K.C.Pur, attended to the spiritual and temporal needs of the people. In 1987, Fr Zacharias Kunnamkattuthara succeeded Fr. Kureekal, with determination he took up residence in the hut at Kalkasol in the most trying situations. He was succeeded by Fr. Daniel Kishor in 1988. He worked for a permanent residence in Kalkasol. As suitable land was available in Keutunimari, he purchased land there and started constructing a modest Convent for the Sisters. Thus, on 21st October 1989, the First group of UMI Sisters arrived and took their residence in Keutunimari, while Fr. Kishore was still in his hut at Kalkasol. In 1991, when Fr. Kishor was transferred to Mitrapur, Kalkasol- Keutunimari went to the charge of Fr.Gerald Gomes who was then the Associate Priest at K.C.Pur. In the meantime, the UMI Sisters started an informal dispensary at Keutunimari. The present residence of the Priests at Keutunimari was completed and inaugurated on 16th August 1992. On the following year, Keutunimari Centre was entrusted to the Jesuits of Jamshedpur Province and in July 1993. Fr. James Bara SJ and Bro. Benedict Kichinga took charge of Keutunimari Centre. In July 1993, the UMI Sisters started a Rural Hostel for Tribal Girls all in a very
humble and simple way, accommodating 12 girls in their Convent shelter. On 19th September 1993, the Karunalaya Health Centre was blessed opened for the benefit of the rural poor. In July 1994, Fr. James took bold step to start a boys hostel, accommodating 10 little boys in his own residence. (Keutunimari with its Sub-stations in a fast growing centre personed by the Jesuits). Fr. Francis Bodra Sj. Succeeded Fr. James Bat the Jesuits left Keutunimari in June 2001 and Fr. Singarai Tudu who was just ordained then was appointed to take care of the Station. In June 2002 however Fr. Joseph Kureekal was appointed Parish Priest of Keutunimari.

 

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