St. Joseph's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located at in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It was established in 1891, by Mill Hill Missionaries, making it the oldest Catholic church in Jammu and Kashmir, and currently belongs to the Jammu Srinagar Diocese. St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's School are located in the same campus. It is the only church in the town, and there are only few Christian families in the community.
St. Joseph's Church was started by Mill Hill Missionaries who came from Kafirstan Diocese. After Mill Hill Missionaries left mission it was taken care by Capuchin Fathers. Later on it was looked after by Society of Jesus and is now part of the Diocese of Jammu Srinagar. Father Jim Borst MHM, one of the well known pioneers and former Parish Priest, lives in Srinagar City.
Persecution of Local Christians:
At Baramulla, in Kashmir, Father Simon, assisted by a staff of twelve lay teachers, conducts an important school for native Kashmir boys. The pupils number three hundred. The prefecture comprises about fifteen million inhabitants. Twelve million five hundred thousand of these are Mohammedans, two million are Hindoos, five hundred thousand are Buddhists and about five thousand are Catholics.