Parish Details



Brief History:

In 1983, Mr. Khagendro Reang who was baptized in Shillong brought the Catholic faith to the nearby villages of Gandatwisa. Fr. Jose Sarpathil C.S.C. and Fathers used to visit the village regularly between 1992 and 1997 and offer Mass, mostly in Mr. Khogendro Reang’s house.

On 5th July 1997, Fr. Ivan, S.V.D. visited Gondatwisa and the people requested him to come more often. He was inspired by their faith. In August 1997, Fr. Ivan started staying in Gondatwisa. In March 1998, Fr. Maxim joined Fr. Ivan. Mr. Santharam Reang provided the new thatched roof house for their stay. On 24 May 1998, the first 32 people of Gondatwisa were baptized by Bishop Lumen Monteiro. In March 1999, the foundation for the temporary presbytery and worship Centre was blessed by Bishop Lumen and inaugurated on 8 September 1999. On the same day, St. Arnold Parish was established withFr. Ivan D’Silva, S.V.D. as its first Parish Priest. The land was allotted by the Government. In March 2000, a Hostel was opened with 5 students. The School for the K.G. children was started on 1st April 2000.

After serving the Parish for 12 long years the S.V.D. Fathers handed over the administration to the Diocese in 2011. At that time, the Parish had a High School with around 700 students.  At present, there are 14 substations in the Parish and a High School. The tribes of the Parish are Reang, Uchoi, Chakma, Molsom, Tripura and Debbarma.


Established: 1999 
Parish Priest: Fr. Prasad Rao Singavarapu
Asst. Priest: Fr. Praveen Kumar Yeddanapally
Address:  St. Arnold Catholic Church 
Gandacherra P.O. 
Dhalai Dt.,Tripura - 799287 
Telephone (03826) 291386


  • St. Arnold School -  2000
    i) St. Arnold Boys' Hostel- 2000
  • Holy Spirit Convent - 2008
    i) Girls' Hostel