Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Adilabad
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 2080000
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 15215
 
Founded:
23-Jul-99
Diocesan Priests: 35
  Total area:
16210 sq. kms.
Religious Priests: 32
 
Province:
Hyderabad
Religious Sisters: 157
 
Region:
Andhra Pradesh
Seminarians: 11
  Patron:
Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara
  Languages: Telugu Marathi Urdu and Tribal Languages
  Civil States:

Adilabad (A.P.)

Contact Diocese of Adilabad:
Bishop's HouseP.O. Mancherial Dist. Adilabad- 504 208 Andhra Pradesh
Telephone 1:
08736-25 82 62 / 08736-25 59 33
Fax:
08736-25 59 33
 
E-Mail Office:
adilabishop@hotmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Prince Panengaden, Bishops of Adilabad
Name:
Most Rev. Prince Panengaden
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
2016-     Telephone (P): 08736-25 59 33
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Adilabad
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Joseph Kunnath CMI Retired 1999-2016
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Adilabad
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
34
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
23
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
18
Monastries:
8
 
Crches:
2
   
Lower Primary Schools:
4
Convents:
37
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
1
Formation Houses:
1
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
8
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
2
       
Boarding Houses:
5
   
Upper Primary Schools:
3
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
2
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
3
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 1        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Adilabad
 
Adilabad diocese comprises of the civil district of Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh. It was under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Chanda until Pope John Paul II constituted it as an independent diocese on July 23 1999. Most Rev Joseph Kunnath cmi was appointed as the first bishop and consecrated on October 61999.

The CMI congregation started evangelization work in the area in 1962 when the ordinariate of Chanda was established . Prior to 1962 there were only two centres in Adilabad one at Sirpur Khagaznagar with a resident priest and the other at Bellampally with a priest visiting from Nagpur.

At the time of bifurcation Adilabad had 20 centres with resident priests and about 60 villages with 10500 Catholics. At present there are 32 mission centres with residential priests and more than 100 substations with 14500 members. There are 20 religious congregation which are actively involved in evangelization work in the diocese.

The Southern boundary is Godavari River and on the East West and the North borders lie in the State of Maharashtra. The contiguous dioceses are Chanda in the North and the East Amaravathi in the West and Hyderabad and Warangal in the South. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is the patron of the diocese as he was one of the forerunners of the reformation movements of the 19th century India.


Prelates of the Diocese of Adilabad