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CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES OF COLONIAL CALCUTTA – St. Teresa of Avila Church

Saint Teresa of Avila Church Kolkata

St. Teresa of Avila Church, built in 1889, and located on the AJC Bose Road near Moulali, is considered to be a heritage Catholic Church in Kolkata. The foundation stone of the present church was laid on the 28th December 1895, and it was blessed by Monsignor Goethals on 22nd day of April 1897.

St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila

However, the parish was canonically established on 25th April 1897. This is a Roman Catholic Church, serving the Entally Parish and surrounding areas. The church was named after St. Teresa of Avila, the prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic Saint and Carmelite nun of the 16th century. St. Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church and a Master of the Christian spiritual life, was born in the year 1515 and her life spanned the great tumult and upheaval of the historical epoch known as the Reformation.

St. Teresa of Avila Church two minarets
St. Teresa of Avila Church two minarets (Picture Courtesy Indrajit De Sarkar)
St. Teresa of Avila Church Entrance
St. Teresa of Avila Church Entrance (Picture Courtesy Indrajit De Sarkar)
St. Teresa of Avila Church above the entrance
St. Teresa of Avila Church above the entrance (Picture Courtesy Indrajit De Sarkar)

The beautiful red building of the St. Teresa of Avila Church has an imposing structure with Its twin minarets. It is interesting to note that, many of the instructions were inscribed on the walls of the church in Bengali language, indicating that it must be a popular parish amongst the Bengali speaking Anglo-Indian society. After about one hundred years of its construction, it was renovated and made a double storied church on 22nd April 1997 and was blessed by Mother Teresa. The church also contains a statue of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa
St Teresa of Avila Church Kolkata 01
(Picture Courtsey: Indrajit De Sarkar)
St. Teresa of Avila Church inside
St. Teresa of Avila Church inside
St. Teresa of Avila Church inside
St. Teresa of Avila Church inside

Location of St. Teresa of Avila Church

Location of St. Teresa of Availa Church

Dibyendu Banerjee
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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