Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Agra
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 27024295
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 17021
 
Founded:
1 September 1886
Diocesan Priests: 67
  Total area:
69 162 Sq. km
Religious Priests: 31
 
Province:
Agra
Religious Sisters: 298
 
Region:
Agra
Seminarians: 24
  Patron:
Immaculate Conceptions & St. Gonsalo Garcia
  Languages: Hindi and English.
  Civil States:

Uttar Pradesh: Agra Aligarh Auraiya Budaun Bulandshahr Etah Etawah Farrukhabad Firozabad Gautam Buddh Nagar Hathras Kannauj Kasganj Mainpuri and Mathura Rajasthan: Bharatpur and Dholpur

Contact Archdiocese of Agra:
Archbishop's House P.O.- Wazirpura Road Agra - 282 003 UTTAR PRADESH
Telephone 1:
0562-28 51 318 25 26 397 / 25 27 208
Fax:
25 27 208
 
E-Mail Office:
archdagra@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Albert D'Souza, Archbishops of Agra
Name:
Most Rev. Albert D'Souza
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
2006-     Telephone (P): 0562- 28 53 939
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Agra
 
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Agra
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
36
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
1
 
Orphanages:
118
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
1
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
12
Monastries:
4
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
13
Convents:
59
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
2
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
15
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
25
       
Boarding Houses:
5
   
Upper Primary Schools:
5
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
55
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 5        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Agra
 
Agra Archdiocese consists of the following districts in Uttar Pradesh: Agra Aligarh Auraiya Budaun Bulandshahr Etah Etawah Farrukabad Fathegarh Firozabad Gautambudha Nagar Hathras Kannauj Mainpuri Mathura and in Rajasthan Bharatpur and Dholpur.
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The Emperor Akbar wishing to have some learned Christian priests at his Court invited the Jesuits from their College at Goa. The first Church work with the Moghul was thus formed by Blessed Rudolf Aquaviva (later a martyr at Goa) Anthony Monserrate and Francis Henriquez who arrived at the Moghul Court then at Fatehpur Sikri in 1580. A second and a third Church work followed. The Jesuits enjoyed the patronage of Akbar and his son Jahangir; but under Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb this disappeared. Though there were no Christian congregations of importance in Moghul India there were a number of individuals who wielded considerable influences in Court and elsewhere.
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When in 1773 the Jesuits were suppressed two Carmelite Fathers from Bombay succeeded them in Agra who in turn were replaced by the Capuchins after a very short while. By a decree of the Sacred Congregation dated May 17 1784 the Vicariate - Apostolic of the Great Moghul was constituted.

The history of the Agra Archdiocese under the Capuchins was closely linked with their work in Tibet.

St. Peter's College

Early in 1708 four Capuchins starting from Kathmandu reached Lhasa after two months. More Capuchins followed them and took up their residence at Lhasa until April 20 1745 when owing to relentless persecution by the Tibetan Priesthood they had to leave Tibet and return to Nepal. Thus the capuchin Church work in Lhasa came to an end. But the Church work continued its existence in Nepal until 1768.


Cathedral House
The whole chain of Capuchin stations embracing the greater part of North India from Chandernagore to Lhasa from Sind to Bengal from the Himalayas to Narbada river now the Diocese of Ajmer - Jaipur Allahabad Indore Jhansi Lahore Lucknow Meerut Patna Varanasi Delhi Jalandar Simla - Chandigarh Bijnor and Jammu & Kashmir (formerly Rawalpindi) all came to be known as the Tibet Hindustan Church work. The Cathedrals of Agra Ajmer Allahabad Delhi Lahore (before the new one) Madras Patna and Simla are symbols and monuments of the untiring zeal of the Capuchins for the extension of the faith and the progress of the Catholic Church in India.

The prefecture Apostolic of Tibet-Hindustan was in 1820 constituted into the Vicaritae Apostolic of Agra with Msgr. Maria Zenobio Benucci ofm cap. as its first Vicar Apostolic who was succeeded by Msgrs. Anthony Pezzoni and Anthony Borghi.

Prelates of the Archdiocese of Agra
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Abp. Oswald Gracias Agnelo 2000 - 2006 Abp. Vincent M. Concessao 1998 - 2000
Abp. Cecil de Sa 1984 - 1998 Abp. Dominic Athaide OFM Cap 1956 - 1982
Abp. Evangelisti Vanni OFM Cap 1937 - 1955 Abp. Raphael Bernachioni OFM Cap 1917 - 1937
Abp. Charles Gentili OFM Cap 1898 - 1916 Abp. Emmanuel Van den Bosh OFM Cap 1892 - 1898