The archbishop noted that since he was not in Odisha when the massacres took place, he had to wait to gather more information before he could advance the martyrdom cause.
Now that things are moving forward, the archbishop has met with the council of his episcopal conference as well as some of the leading priests and religious in his diocese to discuss the formation of a team who will work on the cause.
Though the team has yet to be formed, Archbishop Barwa said he is discussing candidates with his collaborators.
In the meantime, he said that plans are moving forward to build a memorial for the martyrs. A location has already been selected for a small museum commemorating those who were killed.
While religious tensions in the area have cooled to the extent that Hindus piled into churches alongside Christians for this year's Christmas celebrations, the archbishop said that fundamentalists will always exist, but that as Christians, "we will go ahead with building up what's best."
One thing the archbishop said has impressed him about the Christians of Odisha after his appointment in 2011 is their commitment to their faith.
He noted that one of the first things he did as bishop was visit all of the parishes, priests and religious in his diocese to speak with them and give them a message of hope.
In response, what Archbishop Barwa heard from his people was that "Yes, they have destroyed all our property, our houses, and have killed our loved ones, but they have not destroyed our faith and we are proud of our faith."
The advancement of the cause of martyrdom, then, "will be a boosting up (of) the faith and also it will bring a tremendous amount of unity and solidarity to our people."