Parish Profile

Panjim Church Night View
Old photos archive at Central Library

Our Parish

The Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim is also popularly called  ‘The Panjim Church’ by the people of Goa. The church was one of the first to be built in Goa, certainly being there by 1541. On the 8th of December, the feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is celebrated at the Church in great pomp and religious fervor. The church is artfully lit at night and a lively fair occupies the entire church square. there is a 3 day fete where people from all walks of life come to witness the sheer splendor of the Church and also to dabble in a few pricey bargains in the stalls. These stalls sell tiny miniatures, souvenirs, handicrafts, garments, sweets (called hajem by the locals), food and drink.If you look high enough at the top of the Church you will be able to see the Church bell which is said to be the 2nd largest in the world.

Our History

The original chapel of  the village of Panjim was founded by the Dominicans before 1541. In 1584, the Dominicans established the college of St. Thomas on the same hillock. However this location was thick in forestation as a result some of the friars were fatally bitten by venomous snakes that abounded in that area. The college of St. Thomas was transferred to Panelim in 1596. The Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim  was previously a small chapel. The chapel was elevated into a parish church in 1600 and was entirely rebuilt in 1619. Meanwhile, Panjim came to be known as New Goa and succeeded the City of Goa (now Old Goa) as the capital of the state of 1843. The artistic staircase leading to the Panjim church was built in 1870 and the present parochial residence was constructed in 1977. The huge bell on the central belfry of the Panjim church previously belonged to the Monastery of St. Augustine in Old Goa.

Parish Profile

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church

Founded: 1541

Popularly known as: The Panjim Church

Parish strength:  10000+

Parish office staff:

Ms. Anna Ferrão (Clerk)
Mr. Neville Fernandes (Sacristan)
Mr. Franco Fernandes (Sacristan)

Associate chapels: 
1. St. Sebastian Chapel, Fontainhas
2. Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel, Bishop’s House, Altinho
3. St. Francis Xavier Chapel, Portais
4. São Tomé Chapel, S. Tomé
5. Immaculate Conception Chapel, Near Don Bosco
6. Our Lady of Victory Chapel, Old Goa Medical College (GMC) complex
7. Jesuit House
8. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Don Bosco)

Meet the Clergy Team

We are served by these holy men

Fr Cleto Pereira (2)

Fr Cleto Pereira

Parish Priest


Fr Jose Fernandes

On Staff


Fr. Milagres Dias

Asst. to the Parish Priest


Fr. Victor Sequeira

On Staff

Golden Nuggets

To reach the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Panjim, one has to climb 100 steps arranged in a majestic fashion, for the Church sits majestically atop a hillock dominating the heart of the city and offering a bird's eye view of the main square.