St. Norbert Abbey, Jabalpur

The first three Norbertines arrived on Indian soil in 1923 as Missionaries from the Abbey of Berne, the Netherlands. Their field of ministry was located in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. In 1929 they took up Jabalpur region for their apostolate. They concentrated mainly on the development of the people of Mandla District (M.P) through parochial, education and health care activities.

In 1932, Jabalpur was constituted as a ‘Prefecture Apostolic’ and The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Conrad Dubbleman, O. Praem was appointed as the first Prefect Apostolic. On July 5, 1954, Jabalpur was raised to the status of a Diocese and Msgr. Conrad Dubbleman, O. Praem became its first Bishop. St. Norbert Priory, the First House of the Norbertine Order, was started at Jamtara, in the suburbs of Jabalpur Town. The Novitiate was established at Jamtara, Jabalpur in 1962. St. Norbert Priory at Jamtara, Jabalpur was raised to the status of Sub- Canonry on July 31, 1976 and declared as an Autonomous Canonry on the February 15, 1984.

The Rt. Rev. Rocky D’Souza, O. Praem was elected as the second Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, Jamtara on August 1, 2003 and he received his Abbatial Blessing on September 17, 2003. He is also elected as Definitor of the Order at the General Chapter- 2006.

The Rt. Rev. Benzes Thomas, O.Praem was elected as the third Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, Jamtara on July 23, 2009 and he received his Abbatial Blessing on September 12, 2009.

Parishes

  1. Nirmala Church, Kanch Ghar Chowk, Ghamapur, Jabalpur 482001.
  2. Holy Cross Church, Bilpura, VFJ Estate, Jabalpur 482001.
  3. St. Jude Church, New Shastri Nagar, Garha P.O, Jabalpur 482003.
  4. Holy Family Church, Puneeth Nagar, Adhartal, Jabalpur 482004.
  5. St. John Mary Vianney Church, 4 – Ma Ganj, Damoh P.O, 470661
  6. St. Paul Vinayalaya, Post – Bandeli, Keolari Tahsil, Seoni Dist, 480994
  7. Holy Family Church, Pipliyakumar, Near Dewas Naka, Indore 452010
  8. St. Norbert Church, Hansa, Post – Mahil, Via – Murhu, Dist – Khunti, 835216, Jharkhand.
  9. St. Anthony Church, Norbertine Fathers, Kothumudi, Ebanad, Udhagamandalam, Nilgiri, T.N
  10. Khandwa Mission
  11. Thendukhera Mission

Schools

  1. St. Augustine School, New Shastri Nagar, Garha P.O, Jabalpur 482003.
  2. Holy Cross School, Bilpura, VFJ Estate, Jabalpur 482001.
  3. Abbot Baeten School, Puneeth Nagar, Adhartal, Jabalpur 482004.
  4. Nirmala High School, Kanch Ghar Chowk, Ghamapur, Jabalpur 482001.
  5. St. Norbert School, 4 – Ma Ganj, Damoh P.O, 470661
  6. St. Norbert School, Post – Bandeli, Keolari Tahsil, Seoni Dist, 480994
  7. St. Norbert School, Hansa, Post – Mahil, Via – Murhu, Dist – Khunti, 835216, Jharkhand. 

Social work centres

  1. Norbertine Social Welfare Centre, Jamtara-Paraswara Village, Jabalpur.
  2. Norbertine Social Welfare Centre, Khunti Mission.

Communication centres

  1. Prem Sanchar, Post Box No.77, Jabalpur 482001

Technical College

  1. Jogni Rural Self Employment Training Centre, Ekta Market, Mandla Road, Jabalpur 482001

Hostels 

  1. Bents Boys Home, Indore
  2. St. Norbert Hostel for working women, Sagra, Jabalpur.

Birthdays
  • 06/August
    Rev. Fr. Marcus Champia O.Praem
  • 10/August
    Rev. Fr. Amardas Bagel O.Praem
  • 11/August
    Rev. Fr. Christopher Topno O.Praem
  • 18/August
    Rev. Fr. Eric C.Soreng O.Praem
  • 20/August
    Rev. Fr. John Francis O.Praem
  • 25/August
    Rev. Fr. EliazarSoemurum O.Praem
  • 30/August
    Rt. Rev. Rocky D' Souza O.Praem