Church located at Sahiwal, Pakistan
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On the opening of the railway in 1864, Gugera was abandoned as a civil station, and the headquarters of the district transferred to the village of Sahiwal; railway station became half way between Lahore and Multan. Mr Blyth became its founder and first Deputy Commissioner. Following year in 1865, as a compliment to Lieutenant Governor Punjab Sir Montgomery, the new station received the name of Montgomery. At the time, the town had population of 3,178 habitant. ▪︎ As a result, the essential administrative infrastructure started coming up in the town like Deputy Commissioner office, District Court, Sessions- House, Police Station, police lines, Jail Sarai or camping ground with a well,, post office, Railway station and two bazars (Blyth Ganj and Ford Ganj). Since then much has not changed. The same administrative complex is still functional with some modifications to meet the requirements from time to time. ▪︎ The military troops stationed at Gugera were also moved to the town which comprised native and European soldiers. ▪︎ Consquently, number of Christians rose necessitating construction of places of worship for Christians stationed at the station. Therefore a small church with capacity to accommodate 70 persons was constructed mainly for European troops and Civilian staff.No Chaplain was posted here; but the Chaplain of Lahore visited the station occasionally. There used to be no boundary wall around it which was constructed in year 2000. The Church is now known as Saint Patrick Church located Gol Chowk. It was the first church in Sahiwal. Later on with the increase in number of Christians, other churches like APR City Church were also established for civilians. ▪︎ As per Gazetteer of Montgomery 1884, the Sahiwal town comprised 56 male, 37 female with total of 93. ▪︎ There is a cathedral school attached to it which was then know as Sunday School. • Few tablets on walls can be seen on church walls One of it eulogies then Deputy Commissioner of Montgomery district, others in the honour of Bishop .... and Viqar Saleem Gill is also displayed acknowledging his services of renovation work of church and Sunday School including construction of boundary wall. ▪︎ The interesting thing was to see the monument erected in the honour of Lord Berkley then Assistant Commissioner who had played important role quashing mutiny in Gugera led by Ahmed Rai Kharal. Lord Burkley was killed in 1858 near Ravi by Murad Fatiana to avenge death of his friend Ahmed Rai Kharal. Lord Burkley's grave is still present though in ruins. ▪︎ A beautiful cross was erected in his honour. However whereabouts of his statue not known. It is said that his statue and monument was located at the site where Yadgar Chowk has been constructed. Later on shifted to this Church. Underneath the cross lies Lord Burkley's cap and stick. Much of the information about Sahiwal (Montgomery) is available in Gazetteer of Sahiwal 1884.
saint Patrick high school and church is in the memory of saint Patrick .who devoted his life to the God (you may have different approach ) style and architectural shape of the church is unique normally it is closeed but on Saturday and Sunday, is full and jam packed to worship.there are town type of worship obeyed there one prayer and second is to study of the bible
Its saint patric church