Immaculate Conception Church, 27 The Mall Road, Cantonment, Kamptee , Nagpur- 441001, M.S. - 07109288326

Established 1846
Patron Immaculate Conception
Feast 8th Dec.
Families 90
Parish Priest Fr. Joe Quadros, 9822737465, fr.j.quadros@gmail.com
Religious House (Men) St. Joseph the Worker
Religious House (Women) 1) St. Joseph of Chambery
2) Sisters of Our Lady of Garden

Kamptee as the cradle of the Church in Nagpur, began with being a military cantonment area, in 1821. Between 1830's - 1846, came the missionaries from Goa, Pune and Madras -Mylapore. In 1842 a chapel was built in the church compound. The French M.S.F.S. entry began with Fr. Lavorel and his companions in August 1846. The first Vicar Apostolic Rt.Rev.Theophilus Neyret, M.S.F.S. whose mortal remains lie beneath the main altar, had planned and supervised the construction of a magnificent and imposing gothic church, fully constructed with bricks and mortar. It was his singular privilege to bless and dedicate the church to Our Lady, under the title 'The Immaculate Conception' in February 1858. The Immaculate Conception Church served as a Cathedral, till St. Francis De Sales Cathedral, Nagpur, took over that enviable position in 1888. This Church is the ancestral parish not of the Archdiocese of Nagpur, but also, of the neighbouring dioceses of Amravati, Aurangabad, Chanda, Adilabad, Jabalpur, Khandwa and Raipur. Over the years, various Parish Priests had carried out repairs to the church from .time to time. However, severe deterioration of the church made it necessary to undertake thorough and extensive repairs and renovation. Without sacrificing the originality, this work was carried out meticulously by the present Parish Priest, Fr. Felix Basil Moras. The repaired and renovated Church was blessed and inaugurated by the Most Rev. Dr. Abraham Viruthakulangara, on 1st May 1998. On the occasion of the centenary of the church, a beautiful grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima was built and a memorial was erected in front of the Church, by then Parish Priest, Fr. Norbert Braganza, M.S.F.S.

At Tillery, in Gorabazar, there was a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony, which has come down due to insufficient care. Also there were not enough funds available to reconstruct it. A memorial was erected, which was blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Rt. Rev. Sylvester Monteiro, on 11th June 1995. The untiring efforts of Fr. Sebastian D'Costa made it possible to put up this memorial.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, who arrived here in 1854, have made a praise worthy contribution to the civil and catholic life of the Parish, through their boardings, orphanages, creche and educational institutions. Historically, Kamptee Church and the Convent play an important role in the history of the Church in Central India.

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