Missionary priests from India resettle in western North Dakota

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Roman Catholic missionaries traveled to India 500 years ago to establish their faith there. Now, missionary priests from India are trickling into western North Dakota.

Bishop John Thattumkal, head of India's second-oldest Catholic diocese, visited Bismarck while making contact with his priests who are scattered throughout North and South America.

Five priests from India serve in the Bismarck diocese, which covers western North Dakota. A sixth is due to arrive shortly.

''It's important to feel comfortable'' in North Dakota, the bishop said, ''so they may recruit other priests to come. Exchanges are building.'' He said North Dakota needs priests and India can provide them.

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