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It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Diocese of Jalpaiguri

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Activities and Organizations

Social Communications

  • The diocese has a social communication commission:
    But it does not have a public relations office or a communication centre.

    Father Vikram Xalxo
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
    21
  • High Schools:
    10,717
  • Higher Secondary Schools :
    8
  • Middle Schools:
    29
  • Middle Schools:
    12.054
  • National Open Schools:
    2
  • National Open Schools:
    about 1,000
  • Pre-Promary Schools :
    58
  • Primary Schools:
    58
  • Primary Schools:
    6,702

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    10
  • Elderly homes:
    5
  • Grihni schools (for school dropout girls):
    3
  • Hospitals:
    1
  • Hostels for school students:
    21
  • Leprosarium:
    1
  • Pastoral Centre:
    Seva Sadan, c/o. Bishop's house, Mohitnagar, Dist Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255279, Mobile: 09434028492
    Email: [email protected]
  • Socio-economic centres, training centre:
    Seva Sadan, c/o. Bishop's house, Mohitnagar, Dist Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255279, Mobile: 09434028492
    Email: [email protected]
  • Youth hostels:
    4

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible, Catechetics, Liturgy, & Proclamation:
    Father James Tirkey (Vicar General)
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]
  • Crusaders (For children), altar boys & girls:
    Father Sushil Toppo
    Address: Catholic Church, Kalchini, P.O. Hamiltonganj
    Dist Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735214, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-286089
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue:
    Father Vincent Eind
    Address: Catholic church, Chalsa
    Dist Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
  • Education:
    Father Livin Toppo
    Address: Fatima High school, Dimdima, Birpara P.O
    Dt. Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735204, India
    Phone: (+33) 63-266032
  • Education governing body:
    Father Livin Toppo,
    Father Thomas Borogaon,
    Father Mathias Kerketta,
    Father Vincent Aind,
    Father Lawrence Simon,
    Father James Tirkey
  • Finance Committee:
    Bishop Clement Tirkey
    Father James Tirkey
    Father Isi Prasad Kujur
    Father Oswald Xalxo
    Father Isaac Kujur
  • Laity & Family Commission:
    Father James Tirkey (Vicar General)
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
  • Media & Communication:
    Father Vikram Xalxo
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: 03561-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]
  • Pontifical Missionary Societies:
    Father Corpus Kerketta
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: 03561-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]
  • Seminarians:
    Father Vicar General
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]
  • Social service:
    Father Oswald Xalxo
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]
  • Vocation Promotion:
    Father Nazarius Tirkey
    Address: Catholic church, Mal, Dist Jalpaiguri
    West Bengal, 735221, India
    Phone: (+35) 62-255056
  • Youth:
    Father Vikram Xalxo
    Address: Bishop's house, Mohitnagar
    Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 735101, India
    Phone: (+35) 61-255371
    Fax: (+35) 61- 255370
    Email: [email protected]

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Sabha: Association for laity
  • Cruz Vir: Association for Children
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • Mahila Sangh: Association for women
  • Youth Association

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