Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Bhopal
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 4800000
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 13500
 
Founded:
13-Sep-63
Diocesan Priests: 67
  Total area:
20387 sqkm
Religious Priests: 78
 
Province:
Bhopal
Religious Sisters: 512
 
Region:
Madhya Pradesh
Seminarians: 24
  Patron:
St. Francis of Assisi
  Languages: Hindi English Urdu
  Civil States:

Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal Harda Hoshangabad and Sehore

Contact Archdiocese of Bhopal:
Archbishop's House 33 Ahmedabad Palace Road P.B. No. 88Bhopal - 462 001 MADHYA PRADESH
Telephone 1:
0755-2540829 / 0755-2544737
Fax:
25 44 737
 
E-Mail Office:
archdiocebpl@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Leo Cornelio SVD, Archbishops of Bhopal
Name:
Most Rev. Leo Cornelio SVD
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0755-42 34 903
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Bhopal
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Pascal Topno SJ Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Bhopal
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
38
 
Hospitals:
4
   
Degree Colleges:
2
Major Seminaries:
4
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
2
Minor Seminaries:
5
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
20
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
Convents:
52
 
Counselling Centres:
1
   
Presses & Media Centres:
1
Formation Houses:
12
 
Social Centres:
6
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
3
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
7
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
3
   
Higher Secondary :
20
       
Boarding Houses:
7
   
Upper Primary Schools:
40
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 2        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Bhopal
 
The history of the Catholic Church in Bhopal goes back to 1785 when Salvador Bourbon a descendant of the French Royal Catholic Family of Bourbons came to Bhopal to work for the reigning Begum Mamola at Bhopal. In 1829 Bhopal was officially a part of Agra Vicariate. It was Bp Hartmann ofm. Cap who is in a very real sense the founder of the Church of Bhopal. In 1873 he acquired a plot of land from the Muslim ruler of Bhopal and built the first little church which in 1964 became the Cathedral of the newly erected Archdiocese of Bhopal.

In 1886 the Diocese of Allahabad was formed and Bhopal was then attached to this new diocese. On March 11 1935 when the Mission Territory of Indore was elevated to Prefecture to Indore. In 1958 the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh was shifted from Nagpur to Bhopal and this necessitated the creation of the new Archdiocese of Bhopal.

Bp Eugene D'Souza was transferred from Nagpur to Bhopal to be its First Archbishop. After steering the life of the Church in Madhya Pradesh for 30 years through the Archdiocese of Bhopal Archbishop Eugene laid down his office and handed over to Bp Pascal Topno sj of Ambikapur who was promoted as Archbishop of Bhopal on May 20 1994.
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Bhopal
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Abp. Paschal Topno S.J. 1994-2007 Abp. Eugene D'Souza M.S.F.S. 1963- 1994