Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Ambikapur
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: ?2580000
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 91729
 
Founded:
10-Nov-77
Diocesan Priests: 102
  Total area:
?22337 sq. kms
Religious Priests: 52
 
Province:
Raipur
Religious Sisters: 390
 
Region:
Chhattisgarh
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Immaculate Mother of God
  Languages: Hindi English Surgujia
  Civil States:

Chhattisgarh: Surguja Surajpur Balrampur and Korea

Contact Diocese of Ambikapur:
Bishop's House P.O.Phunduldihari Surguja Dt. Ambikapur 97 110 CHHATTISGARH
Telephone 1:
07774-23 00 63 / 23 09 73 23 06 12
Fax:
23 09 73 23 06 12
 
E-Mail Office:
bp_ambika@yahoo.co.in
Website:
 
Most Rev. Patras Minj SJ, Bishops of Ambikapur
Name:
Most Rev. Patras Minj SJ
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 07774-23 10 32
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Ambikapur
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Ambikapur
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
51
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
2
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
25
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
18
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
56
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
6
 
Social Centres:
8
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
49
   
Parallel Colleges:
1
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
18
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
55
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
41
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Ambikapur
 
Already in the time of the great pioneer Fr Constant Lievens sj (approx. 1890) delegates from Surguja went 200 kms on foot to Ranchi and begged to be instructed catechized and begged to get catechists and to be visited by a Priest regularly. But the feudal rulers persecuted those who had been instructed and neither catechists nor a Priest could be sent.

In the beginning of 1948 the feudal states merged into India and the few Catholics who had settled in Surguja were joined by many who came from Jashpur and Barway in search of land jobs and livelihood. Missionaries came to visit these settlers. From Kanjia in Bihar Jodhpur was started in 1947. Four other mission stations: Ambika Banea Ratasili and Shantipara (Basen) were established in 1952. As the Independence dawned Christianity saw the light brighter and brighter.

The Diocese of Ambikapur was erected on December 14 1977 by dismemberment form Raigarh-Ambikapur diocese. The diocese is co-extensive with the present civil districts of Surguja and Korea in the northern part of the State of Chhattisgarh.
Prelates of the Diocese of Ambikapur
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Pascal Topno SJ 1986 - 1994 Bp. Philip Ekka SJ 1977 - 1985