About the Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was erected on 4th February, 1557, and presently comprises Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Patron of the Archdiocese: Blessed Joseph Vaz.
Archbishop-Patriarch: Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão
Archbishop-Patriarch Emeritus: Most Rev. Raul Nicolau Gonsalves
After the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, the land route to India was permanently closed. And the Europeans were, so to say, forced to discover the sea route to India. To their good luck, they did find one! An adventurous explorer Vasco da Gama landed in Calicut on 20th May 1498. With this discovery of the sea route to India, a new and glorious chapter of the history of Christianity was opened and the expansion of the Catholic Church in the East began.
The great apostle of the East and Patron of the Missions, St. Francis Xavier, landed in Goa on 6th May 1542 and with his coming and that of his fellow Jesuits, began the evangelization of Goa in right earnest. The then Goa was only the 3 districts or Talukas of Tisvaddi, Bardez and Salcette, called the Old-Conquests. The New Conquests were obtained by the Portuguese in the 18th century after the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1759 in Goa or in the East only. No conversions took place in the New Conquests.