Diocesan Councils, Commissions, Guilds & Associations

COUNCILS
Diocesan Senate
Chairman : Most Rev. Alex Dias, sfx
Moderator : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Members :All Priests working in the diocese of
Port Blair
Diocesan Pastoral Council
Chairman : Most Rev. Alex Dias, sfx
Secretary : Fr. Mahipal Balmuch
Joint Secretary : Mr. Simon Minj
CRI (Andaman & Nicobar Islands)
President :Fr. Patrick Alphonse, sdb
Secretary :Sr. Elsy, sfn
COMMISSIONS
Commission for Bible, Catechetics and Small Christian Communities
Chairman : Fr. Zacharias Barla
Secretary :Mr. Simon Minj
Commission for Liturgy and Charismatic Renewal
Chairman : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Secretary : Mr. Nirmal Ekka
Commission for Ecumenism
Chairman :Fr. Gabriel Maria Benziger
Secretary :Jose K. John
Commission for Education
Chairman : Fr. Anugrah Prakash Lugun
Secretary :Dr. (Smti.) Caroline Mathew
Commission for Social Communication/Media
Chairman : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Secretary : S. Edward
Commission for Family and Laity
Chairman :Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Secretary :K.L. Tony
Commission for Interreligious Dialogue
Chairman : Fr. Zacharias Barla
Secretary :Mr. Simon Minj
Commission for Women
Chairman : Fr. Kishore Mathew Surin, sfx
Secretary : Sr. Ignatia Panna, dsa
Commission for Health
Chairman :Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Secretary :Sr.Rani, schsa
Commission for Youth
Chairman : Fr. Mahipal Balmuch
Secretary :Miss. Nisha
Commission for Social Service, Justice and Peace
Chairman : Fr. Evans Soares
Secretary : Mrs. Elsamma
Commission for Formation
Chairman :Most Rev Alex Dias, sfx
Secretary :Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Vocation Promoter :Fr. Mahipal Balmuch
Prison Ministry
Chaplain :Fr. David Bara, sj
Bal Sangh/ Crus Veer
Coordinators : Fr. Zacharias Barla, Srs.Subhashini
Xalxo, dsa & Ignatia Panna, dsa
Sea Ministry
Chaplain :Fr. Gabriel Maria Benziger

GUILDS
Nurses’ Guild
Chairman : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Moderator : Sr. Rani, schsa
Catholic Teachers’ Association
President : Mr. Ajit Mewa
Secretary : Mrs. Betsy Gomes
Spiritual Director :Fr. Anugrah Prakash Lugun

ASSOCIATIONS
Maria Sena (Legion of Mary)
President : Mr. Pradeep Kumar
Secretary : Ms. Mary Tigga
Spiritual Director : Fr. Zacharias Barla
Andaman and Nicobar Catholic Association (ANCA)
President : Mr. A. Arokiaswamy
Secretary : Mr. Baby Mathew
Spiritual Director : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Andaman and Nicobar Catholic Maha-Sabha
President :Mr. Simon Minj
Secretary :Mr. Thomas Minj
Spiritual Director : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Andaman and Nicobar Catholic Maha-Mahila Sangh
President : Mrs. Binita Bage
Secretary : Mrs. Chandrakanta Toppo
Coordinators : Sr. Ignatia Panna, dsa &
Sr. Scholastica Toppo, dsa
Spiritual Director : Fr. Kishore Mathew Surin, sfx
Tamil Catholic Association
President : Mr. Jino Singh
Secretary : Mr. S. Devaraj
Chaplain : Fr. Gabriel Maria Benziger
Malayalee Catholic Association
President :Mr. Bobby Gomes
Secretary :Mr. Jose K. John
Chaplain : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey
Local Catholic Association
President : Mrs. Teresa Sandnam
Secretary : Mrs. Hema Navin
Chaplain : Fr. Gabriel Benziger
Andaman and Nicobar Youth Movement and Action (ANYMA)
President : Miss. Nisha Toppo
Secretary : Miss. Ranjita Lakra
Director : Fr. Mahipal Balmuch
Couples for Christ
President :Mr. K. L. Tony
Secretary :Mrs. Saroj Tony
Spiritual Director : Fr. Dharampal Tirkey