Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Chingleput
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 3319675
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 149872
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests: 95
  Total area:
48168 Sq km
Religious Priests: 33
 
Province:
Madras-Mylapore
Religious Sisters: 47
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians:
  Patron:
St Joseph & St Thomas
  Languages: Malayalam Tulu &Tamil
  Civil States:

Tamil Nadu: Kanchipuram

Contact Diocese of Chingleput:
Catholic Bishop's House Thimmavaram Kancheepuram Dt 603 101 TAMIL NADU
Telephone 1:
044-27 42 66 49 / 044-27 43 17 84
Fax:
27 43 17 84
 
E-Mail Office:
chengaidiocese@yahoocoin
Website:
 
Most Rev Anthonisamy Neethinathan, Bishops of Chingleput
Name:
Most Rev Anthonisamy Neethinathan
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P):
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Chingleput
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Chingleput
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
89
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
5
   
Technical Training Centres:
13
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
45
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
62
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
29
 
Social Centres:
3
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
16
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
39
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
12
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
3
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Chingleput
 
The Diocese of Chingleput is made out of the entire civil district of Kancheepuram in the State of Tamilnadu The diocese of Chingleput was declared an independent new diocese by His Holiness late John Paul II on the 19th July 2002 ?Rt Rev Dr A Neethinathan was appointed as the first Bishop of Chingleput Originally Chingleput diocese was making the southern stretch of the Archdiocese of Madras ? Mylapore

The preliminary preparations for the carving out of the new diocesan territory was initiated since 1987 by Most Rev Dr G Casimir Gnanathikam SJ the then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Madras ? Mylapore ?The bifurcation became a reality during the tenure of Most Rev Dr Arul Das James the Archbishop of Madras ? Mylapore in succession

The diocese of Chingleput comprises of the entire civil district of Kancheepuram in the state of Tamilnadu ?As its boundary the diocese of Chingleput has bay of Bengal in the east Kancheepuram the temple city in the west Chennai the metropolitan city in the north and Pondicherry the Union Territory in the south ?It has the historically renowned hill shrine of St Thomas where the Apostle was martyred and the shrine of the miraculous Mother Mary - Mazhai Malai Madha Acharapakkam?

Initially the new diocese comprised of 64 parishes with 51 diocesan priests; 30 religious priests and 67 religious congregations ?At present the diocese of Chingleput has grown and developed into 84 parishes and one independent shrine with 97 diocesan priests 48 religious priests and 72 religious congregations
Prelates of the Diocese of Chingleput