Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Belgaum
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 10,386,124
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 32414
 
Founded:
19-Sep-53
Diocesan Priests: 79
  Total area:
33747sq.kms.
Religious Priests: 24
 
Province:
Bangalore
Religious Sisters:
 
Region:
Karnataka
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Our Lady of the Family Rosary of Fatima
  Languages: Konkani Kannada Tamil Marathi and English
  Civil States:

Karnataka: Belgaum Bagalkot Dharwad Gadag and Haveri Maharashtra: Chandgad taluka in Kolhapur District

Contact Diocese of Belgaum:
Bishop's House B.C. 69 Camp: Belgaum - 590 001 KARNATAKA
Telephone 1:
0831-24 20 587 / 0831-24 24 226
Fax:
24 24 226
 
E-Mail Office:
belgaumdiocese@rediffmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev., Bishops of Belgaum
Name:
Most Rev.
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0831- 24 51 874
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Belgaum
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Belgaum
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
69
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
4
   
Technical Training Centres:
5
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
33
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
1
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
4
 
Social Centres:
17
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
2
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
9
   
Parallel Colleges:
6
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
6
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
2
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Belgaum
 
The Belgaum Diocese was erected on September 19 1953 by the Papal Bull "Summa illa Sollicitudo" of Pope Pius XII. Two civil districts of Belgaum and North Kanara were separated from the Archdiocese of Goa and two other civil districts of Dharwad and Bijapur were taken from the Diocese of Pune in forming the Diocese of Belgaum.

The most Rev. Dr. Michael Rodrigues was appointed the first Bishop. By a the Papal Bull "Christi Missium" of Paul VI the North Kanara District was separated from the Belgaum Diocese to form the Karwar Diocese on January 24 1976.

It now consists of the civil districts of Belgaum Bijapur Bagalkot Dharwad Gadag and Haveri in Karnataka State and the Chandgad taluka in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra State.
Prelates of the Diocese of Belgaum
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Bernard Moras 1997-2004 Bp. Ignatius Lobo 1968-1994
Bp. Fortunato da Viega Coutinho 1964-1967 Bp. Michael Rodrigues 1953-1964