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Prabhu Jisu Girja, Matigara

 

Prabhu Jisu Girja_May 2013

Estd: 1992 (In Prabhu Jisu Residence campus); New Church Blessed on 5 May 2013 in LPC campus.
Address: Prabhu Jisu Residence, P.O. Mayigara - 734 010, Dt Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Prabhu Jisu Girja_New 2013

When Fr Cherian Padiyara was the Regional Superior of the Darjeeling Jesuits, he requested  Bishop Eric Benjamin, the Bishop of Darjeeling, to start a parish with a multi-ethnic community at Matigara.  In response to this request Fr Thomas Vayalil, a diocesan priest, was sent as the first parish priest in 1992. He started the parish just with four Catholics who had settled in the area.


 

Initially Sunday Mass and other liturgical celebrations were held in a small hall in the residence of the Jesuit Provincial. This situation was very inconvenient both for the Jesuit headquarters and for the people of the parish. Fr Mike Hawkins, S.J., when parish priest, began the planning for the construction of a church at Matigara.  His dream materialized through the efforts of Fr Paulose Ezhakunnel, S.J., when the newly built church appeared on the campus.  With a capacity of about one thousand, it was inaugurated and blessed by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata, on May 5, 2013.  Soon after, Fr Fredrick Baraik took over as parish priest from Fr Paulose.


 

The parish has a Catholic population of five hundred and fifty today. The special characteristic of this parish is its multi-ethnicity and whose parishioners are highly literate in comparison with those in other parishes. The Diocese has entrusted this parish entirely to the Jesuits.