In the year 1834, the first Vicariate Apostolic of Bengal was established with its headquarters at Kolkata.

In the year 1840, the first missionary, Fr. Zubiburu, a Spanish Carmelite priest went to Koikhali, a small village along with Mr. Crow, the District Magistrate. They built a catholic community of 278 members; at this time Msgr Patrick Carew was Vicar Apostolic. Now this comes under Raghabpur parish. Owing to bad health he could not continue his work and left the place.

In the year 1859, the Belgian Jesuit missionaries came to Bengal.

In 1868 at the invitation of Kala Chand (Stanislas), Father GoffinetSJ went to a small village called Gokurni near Magra Hat. A few days later in July 1868, he baptized a little girl of six in Magra Hat which was the happy passage for the Christian community in 24 Parganas. From here again Father Goffinet SJ went to Koikhali and continued the missionary work started by the Spanish Carmelite priest, under Msgr. Steins SJ. Father Goffinet SJ lived a saintly life. Some still remember him.. But it was Father E. Delplace SJ the pioneer who went around establishing five mission stations in four years, Raghabpur, Morapai, Basanti, Khari and Baidyapur. (1873-1877). In 1877 Msgr. P. Goethals became the Vicar Apostolic. During this time because of the expansion of the Chotanagpur mission, three Missions were closed and only two were retained, namely Morapai and Raghabpur.

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