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AGARTALA - MARIAM NAGAR (1991)

Mariam Nagar, close to Agartala, is historically important in the annals of the Church in Northeast India. It boasted of a well-established catholic population and centre as far as back as 1683, with a colony of Portuguese soldiers at the service of the Debbarma king. There were also a few local Christians. In spite of the fact that they had no resident priest, they kept alive the live for centuries. After the erection of the diocese of Silchar to which it belonged, Mariamnagar was looked after by the Holy Cross Fathers. It has had a troubled history. Till 1980, Mariamnagar was a centre of activities with a school, hostel and a convent. In that year, in the context of the tribal-non tribal conflict, a group of miscreants had set fire to the mission complex, completely gutting down a guest house and the presbytery. The parish was the closed down, and the Bethany Sisters who were there since 1969 abandoned the place. Immediately previous to the entry of the Salesians into Tripura, the mission was being looked after by Fr. Hormis SCS. The Salesian presence at Mariamnagar is from 31st January 1991, the feast of our founder. The main Catholic population are Bengalees. There is a plan to bifurcate the parish, the new area specifically meant for the tribals of the region, and the centre for this new centre is Mandai.

Catholic Church Mariam Nagar 799 008 Agartala, West Tripura
799008


jeevanlkr@yahoo.com
(0381) 2326413 94361 30603 Fr. Ronald Venadt 98624 17340 Fr. Jeevan Lakra 96158 32835 Fr. John Kharshandi
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