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St Ignatius Church




St Ignatius Church 
Estd:  1998
Uttar Salbari
P.O. Mogulkata Bazar
Dt Jalpaiguri - 735 202
West Bengal

Present Parish Priest: Fr Basil Toppo, SJ

Mob:99322 14178

Email: basil.sj@live.com

In early 1997 Rt. Rev. James Toppo, the Bishop of Jalpaiguri, invited the Jesuits of the Darjeeling Province to help him in pastoral and socio-developmental ministries in his Diocese. After several months of search, study and reflection, the Uttar Salbari area of Jalpaiguri Diocese was identified as the place for the mission and a plot of land measuring 7 acres was acquired with the collaboration of the local people.

On May 1, 1998 Bishop James Toppo inaugurated the new mission. Fr Peter Pappu and Fr Julius Kujur began their life in the new mission in a thatched mud house built by the people.

As the Fathers began to explore their new mission, they realized that the catholics in the area received very little pastoral care, so bible study groups and Basic Christian Communities were formed to renew the faith of the people. Since there was no church building, the liturgical services were held in the open field. This created a lot of problems during the rainy season and the heat of  summer. So the need for a church building was felt. Finances were raised from a number of agencies and the church work began in May 2001, which, when completed, the newly built church was officially blessed on December 21, 2003.

St Ignatius Church is fully entrusted to the care of the Jesuits in perpetuity.  The owner of the land is the Darjeeling Jesuits of North Bengal. The Parish has a catholic population of 950 at the present.