The first Christian missionaries were the Lutherans who Came to chotanagpur in 1845 followed by the Anglicans in 1868 and the Catholics in 1869. One of the most ardent Pioneering Belgian missionaries was servant of God, Fr. Constant Lievens SJ who came in 1885.

Fr. John Baptist Hoffmann was the brain behind the Enactment of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act, 1908, to Prevent tribal land alienation. In 1909 he started the Catholic Cooperative Credit Society, which became the Backbone of the tribal community’s economic life. Missionaries thereafter have continued working for the all round development of the tribal, the poor, marginalized and neglected ones of the society.

It was in 1845, the first Christian Missionaries arrived in Chotanagpur. The Catholic Church has its presence in this area from 1869. One of the most ardent pioneering Belgian missionaries was Servant of God, Fr. Constant Lievens SJ who came in 1885.

Fr. John Baptist Hoffmann was the brain behind the enactment of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act, 1908, to prevent tribal land alienation. In 1909 he started the Catholic Cooperative Credit Society, which became the backbone of the tribal community’s economic life. Similarly, during his lifetime, he wrote the 16-volume Encyclopedia Mundarica, a masterpiece for the preservation and promotion of the Munda culture, language and religion.