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The first attempt on record at mission work in Poona seems to have been made in 1831 by Scotch Presbyterian. But the first effort regarding with the Catholic Church was begun on a small scale by a Tamil priest from Bombay in 1868 working with the S.P.G. He endeavored to make provision for the spiritual needs of some Tamil Christian who were engaged as servants in the camp. This work eventually extended in some degree to the Maratha people.
In 1869 bishop Douglas of Bombay eloquently urged the establishment of mission stations in the Maratha country, beginning with Poona and Kolhapur. Eventually, in response to these appeals, two S.P.G missionaries were stationed at Poona in 1873 but remained there just for a couple of years. In 1875 Father Rivington perched a mission in Poona camp and on the request of some Hindu gentlemen he delivered a lecture in the city about the claims of Christ. In the same year, the well-known converts Father Goreh paid many visits to the city, which had been his father’s birthplace and many of his ancestors.
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