St. Benedict’s Church
Bhagalpur â€“ 812 001,
Phone : 0641-2401126,09431214663.
Parish Priest – Fr. Jose P.K.
Asst. Parish Priest – Fr. Martin Murmu.
Church Established – 1970.
The property at Kutchery Chowk was known as Shanti Niwas and bought by the diocese on 17-11-1966. The old building was renovated and called St. Benedict after the name of an American benefactor who paid for it. From 1968, the Chancery Office was started there as well as the parish church which was only a small room on the ground floor. Fr. Sebastian Aykara was the first diocesan priest who left to join the CNI. Fr. Thomas Ananiurumpil TOR followed but he also left. Fr. Thomas Puthukary TOR stayed there for 2 years (1969-70) while pursuing his MA course as well as teaching in the minor seminary at Champanagar. Fr. Thomas Thanni became procurator and parish priest in 1971. The new church was blessed by Fr. Gregory Kuttickal, Administrator and Vicar General in 1975. Number of Catholics 840 (The number fluctuates during holidays as students and teachers go on vacation). About 70 families are regular.