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The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan as Archbishop of Gandhinagar Archdiocese.

BTMVatican City, 12 June 2015 – Today the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan as archbishop of Gandhinagar (area 29,942, population 11,123,000, Catholics 15,683, priests 28, religious 112), India. Archbishop Macwan, previously Bishop of Ahmedabad, India, succeeds Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.



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Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA proudly congratulate Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan on his appointment as Archbishop of Gandhinagar, by Holy father Pope Francis. We have so many fond memories of his presence with us here in the States as a priest, as a Bishop in the last 15+ years.


History was written when Fr. Thomas Macwan (native Gujarati) was appointed as Bishop of Ahmedabad Diocese. This is even bigger history making news that Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan is now appointed as Archbishop of Gandhinagar. We wish him all the best and we know he will do his best to serve not only people of Gujarat but Gujarati people from all around the world.


Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan will be formally installed as Archbishop of Gandhinagar on September 25, 2015.


The members of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA are eager to welcome him as Hon. Archbishop of Gandhinagar in near future.


Thanks to Fr. Avinash Parmar (Secretary of Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan) for the information.


ABSFatGCSAt this time we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to retiring Hon. Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes. He was the very first appointed Archbishop for Gujarat. We are fortunate to meet and greet him not only back in India but in USA too. He presided on the “DOOT” 100th anniversary celebration held by Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA in 2010. We are also blessed and thank him for being a celebrant of holy Eucharist for us, with his for couple of times.


We wish him happy retirement. May God grant him healthy and happy life.






“Gurjarvani” hits the world map in Social Media by launching an Android App for Smartphones with some unique features in Gujarati for the first time.

The gathering of the family members of Gujarati jesuits was held today, on 17th February at St. Joseph’s, Vadodara.


The Provincial of Gujarat Jesuits, Fr. Francis Parmar was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration. Bishop Thomas too visited the gathering and addressed all gathered.


Gurjarvani hits the world map in Social Media by launching an Android App for Smartphones with some unique features in Gujarati for the first time.



  1. The Gujarati “Sampoorna Bible” in your palms with special search options, where one can access any chapter or verse in the Bible with a single touch on the screen is available.
  2. It includes an option to change a font size of the text for easy reading.
  3. Enjoy listening to the Gospels instead of just reading them.



To download the Gurjarvani App on your smartphone: Visit the Google Play Store on your screen, type ‘Gurjarvani’ in the search, download it for free and enjoy the facility.





Information & pictures: Fr. Ashok Vaghela, Grena Christian.

His Holiness Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Pope Francis read the canonization formula, proclaim the new saints:

Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the Indian founder of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, a Syro-Malabar Catholic order. Born in 1805, he died in 1871.

Euphrasia Eluvathingal, a member of the Carmelites founded by St. Chavara. She lived 1877-1952.


This event was celebrated throughout world. The diocese of Ahmedabad also celebrated. Please see below the report in “Gujarat Samachar”  



Fr. Susai Manickam passed away at the age of 45.

Fr. Susai Manickam

It is too sad to report that the founding parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Tarapur, Gujarat, Fr. Surai Manickam passed away today. He was only 45 years of age and was on his visit to a nearby village when he had a cardiac arrest. His parish was adopted by St. David’s parish in Maple, Canada as a sister-parish. Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad Diocese has just attended the annual fund raising event organized by St. David’s Parish, Maple, Canada on March 01, 2014.


May God rest him in peace.


Picture from Gujarati Catholic Parivar (Canada) News from Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan.