The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling
The Roman Catholic church is the oldest institution in the world and traces its history back to Jesus Christ- Our Saviour and the Apostles. As for Darjeeling the Church dates back to 1846, when the Irish Loreto Sisters came to Darjeeling. Along the way The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling has carved history for itself, from the footprints of our beloved Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. Rebecca Singh, Fr. Victor Khawas, Fr. Edward George McGuire, Fr. Joseph Abraham Murray, Fr. Edgar Burns touching lives and making a difference a reflection of Hebrews 13:16 “Keep doing good works and sharing your resources, for these are the kinds of sacrifice that please God”.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling has come a long way from its advent way back almost two centuries ago. Today, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling consists of two districts of Kalimpong, Darjeeling along with the Kurseong subdivision of Darjeeling District, State of Sikkim and the country of Bhutan.
It was erected on 8th August, 1962 when Rt. Reverend Bishop Eric Benjamin DD became the first bishop. It was formed by separating Darjeeling District from the Church of Calcutta, and joining it to the Prefecture Apostolic of Kalimpong-Sikkim. In November 1997, the Church of the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling District was separated from The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling to form The Roman Catholic of Bagdogra. (More detailed history: Read Here.)
Covering 47915 sq. kms of area in two different nations, with 36 parishes, 4 colleges, 17 Higher secondary schools, 17 High Schools, 49 Primary Schools, 7 vocational training institutes and string of Social Welfare Centres, Orphanages & Creches, Homes for the destitute, Hostels (men), Hostels (women), Health Ministry Centres and Houses of Formation. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling does not walk in the way of the Lord but walks along with Him: Colossians 1: 10-11- “To live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy.”