Christianity in the new diocese can be traced back to the Augustinian Fathers from Dhaka. Rangamati Dhubri district had a very vibrant Christian community in the 16th century. In the last century the Salvatorian priests and later the Salesians while traveling through the Brahmaputra had stayed at Dhubri.
However, the first to take up residence at Dhubri were the Salesian Fathers Archimede Piannazzi and L. Rocca, who were appointed to work among Garos. In 1932 they took up residence at Dhubri and used it as a base for their apostolate in the Garo Hills as Catholics were denied permission to work in that area. In 1936 Barpeta Road Mission was established. The whole area of the present diocese and more was covered by this parish. The present progress can be attributed to Bishops Orestes Marengo, Joseph Mittathany, Robert Kerketta and to Fr Remo Morra, sdb. Under the leadership of Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, the area had a further growth which led to the creation of the Bongaigaon diocese. Fr Joseph Zubizzaretta, sdb's name will be always remembered among the most outstanding missionaries of the area.
This edition of Voice of Bongaigaon will reach your hands probably only during the Eater season. Yet, I thought I should write on something that is all the time relevant. From my childhood this fact that while Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (inclusive) has intrigued me. This fact has to be kept in mind that there is a slight difference between Lent as a season of fasting, which ends on Holy Saturday, and Lent as a liturgical season, which ends before the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, when the Easter Triduum begins....
Dedicated to : Christ Light of the World
Area : 13,630 Sq. Km
Total Population : 64,51,912
Total No of Catholics : 66,747
Languages spoken : Assamese, Bodo, Rabha, Santhali, Garo, Oraon, Mundari, Khadia,Sadri, Hindi and English.
Revenue Districts : Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Baksa,Chirang ,Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Nalbari.
Parishes : 30
Diocesan Priests : 29
Religious Priests : 52
Religious Brothers : 08
Sisters : 210