Rooted and grounded in the person of Jesus Christ, we carry on his mission and pursue the formation of a human community characterized by love, justice and life in all its fullness.
We, as companions of Jesus Christ in partnership with our collaborators in pastoral ministry, and together with the Christian community, are committed to:
- Forming vibrant faith-filled Christian communities, living the Gospel values of freedom, fellowship, justice and love, which will be catalysts in building up the Kingdom of God.
- Collaborating with the Sisters and Brothers of other Churches and faiths towards building a peaceful and harmonious social order.
- Creating awareness on ecological imbalances and social evils that diminish life.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF PASTORAL MINISTRY IN BIHAR
Though the Jesuits had begun a mission at Patna in 1620, it was short-lived. Later the Italian Capuchins founded their mission at Patna in 1706. Beginning with the founding of a Christian community at Bettiah in 1745, the Italian Capuchins established strong, traditional Christian communities wherever they set up mission centers or houses. They had pastoral centers at Patna, Bankipur, Kurji, Danapur, Jamalpur, Bhagalpur, Purnea, Bettiah, Chuhari and Chakhni.
The first Jesuits who arrived in Patna from America in 1921 began their mission work in these parishes founded by the Capuchins. Pastoral work took a new direction in 1925 when Jesuits pastors began to evangelize Santal Tribals in South Bihar and Dalits in Central Bihar since 1936. As the Santal converts swelled the Catholic fold, due to personnel crunch, the flourishing Tribal Mission of Bhagalpur was handed over to Franciscan Missionaries of the Third Order in 1938.
The steady increase of Dalit converts in central Bihar necessitated opening of new mission centers towards the south, east and west of Patna. The new mission centers at Gaya, Mokama, Biharsharif, Nawada, Barbigha, Jehanabad, Ara, Piro, Patna City, Barh, Maner etc. were looked after mostly by Jesuit Pastors who were assisted by newly ordained diocesan priests since the early 1940s.
Pastoral involvement continued to grow in the next decades. Some of the mission centers opened in the 1950s were: Gulni, Tinkonua, Sheikpura, Itarhi, Koath, Buxar, Shahpur, Baktiarpur, Dumraon, Dhibra, Sasaram and Darbhanga. As more diocesan priests began to shoulder much of the pastoral ministry in Patna Diocese, the Jesuits limited themselves to a few pastoral centers presently spread in four diocesan territories (Patna, Buxar, Bettiah and Muzaffarpur). Today there are only 13 parishes (in four dioceses) managed by Patna Jesuits. We have 13 full time Parish Priests and 4 part timers. Our parishes are multi-apostolate centers. Most of the parishes have schools, hostels, social-action centers and in some even dispensaries.
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Catholic Church, Ara
Parish Priest: Fr. Prashant Pius, S.J.
Catholic Church Ara
Ara P.O., Bhojpur Dt.
Bihar 802 301
Parish of the Nativity of Our Lady, Barbigha
Parish Priest: Fr. Pradeep Kumar, S.J.
Barbigha P.O., Sheikhpura Dt.
Bihar 811 101
Catholic Church, Mokama
Parish Priest: Fr. Alwayn D’Souza, S.J.
Catholic Church Mokama
Patna Dt., Bihar 803 302
Catholic Church, Bettiah
Parish Priest: Fr. Lawrence Paschal, S.J.
Catholic Church Bettiah
W. Champaran Dt.
Bihar 845 438
Parish of St. Stephen, Danapur
Parish Priest: Fr. Peter Ignatius, S.J.
St. Stephen’s Church
Danapur Cantt P.O.
Bihar 801 503
Sacred Heart Church, Latonah
Parish Priest: Fr. Vincent Francis, S.J.
Sacred Heart Church
Latonah P.O., Tribeniganj Via.
Bihar 852 139
Parish of the Queen of the Apostles, Kurji
Parish Priest: Fr. Johnson Kelakath, S.J.
Catholic Church Kurji
Digha Ghat P.O.
Bihar 800 011
Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Khagaul
Parish Priest: Fr. Anand Kerketta, S.J.
Catholic Church Kahgaul
Bihar 801 105
St. Mary’s Church, Phulwarisharif
Parish Priest: Fr. Deepak D’Mello, S.J.
St. Mary’s Church
Bihar 801 505
Catholic Church, Sasaram
Parish Priest: Fr. Seraphim John, S.J.
Catholic Church Sasaram
Sasaram, Rohtas Dt.
Bihar 821 115
Catholic Church, Chenari
Parish Priest: Fr. Rnajan Lazarus, S.J.
Chenari, Rohtas Dt
Bihar 821 104
Fr. Alwyn D’Souza
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Catholic Church, Mokama P.O., Patna Dt.,
Bihar 803 302