ST. ANDRE PARISH, BODHJUNGNAGAR
Brief History: In 1985, Mr. Aghure Debbarma had contacted the Parish Priest of Mariamnagar, Fr. Jose Sarpathil C.S.C., who in turn took interest to see that their aspirations were met. An English medium School managed by a retired Government teacher, Mr. Shoshanko Debbarma, was but a humble beginning for the future Parish of Bodhjungnagar.
From 1988, Fr. Isaac Kelamparambil, C.S.C. would make frequent visits to Bodhjungnagar and later stayed there. In 1989, the Fathers took over the School and started a Hostel for both Boys and Girls.
On 22nd March 1990, M.S.M.H.C. Sisters came to help this mission. Blessed Andre Parish was established on 9th May 1991 and Fr. Isaac K. became its first Parish Priest. The Sisters helped out in the School and the Girls Hostel. M.S.M.H.C. Sisters left the Parish in the year 2009 and S.A.B.S. Sisters arrived in Bodhjungnagar in 2011.
In 2005, the Holy Cross Sisters arrived in Tripura and stayed in Boys’ Town and took care of the Boys there. Later in 2013, the Sisters shifted their Convent to Barakathal establishing a Convent School there.
The Boys’ Town was started in 2001 with the generous help of benefactors by Fr. Robert Mathias, C.S.C. Now this is taken care of by Fathers from the Minor Seminary.
Patron St. Andre
Parish Priest Fr. Binoy John, CSC
Assistant Priest: Fr. Sijo Joseph, CSC
Address St. Andre Catholic Church
Bodhjungnagar P.O. Agartala
West Tripura - 799210
Telephone (0381) 2907642/ 2865426
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