Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Indore
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 4496287
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics:
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests: 19319
  Total area:
9614 Sqkms
Religious Priests: 58
 
Province:
Bhopal
Religious Sisters: 406
 
Region:
Madhya Pradesh
Seminarians: 25
  Patron:
St Francis of Assisi
  Languages: Hindi Malwi Bhili and Bhilali
  Civil States:

Indore Dewas Dhar

Contact Diocese of Indore:
Bishops House PB No 168 Indore - 452 001 MADHYA PRADESH
Telephone 1:
0731-24 92 203 / 24 94 630
Fax:
24 94 630
 
E-Mail Office:
secretary@indoredioceseorg
Website:
 
Most Rev Chacko Thottumarickal SVD, Bishops of Indore
Name:
Most Rev Chacko Thottumarickal SVD
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0731-24 91 155
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Indore
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Indore
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
25
 
Hospitals:
3
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
2
   
Technical Training Centres:
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
5
Monastries:
 
Crches:
2
   
Lower Primary Schools:
3
Convents:
63
 
Counselling Centres:
1
   
Presses & Media Centres:
3
Formation Houses:
16
 
Social Centres:
4
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
10
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
17
       
Boarding Houses:
14
   
Upper Primary Schools:
5
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
2
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
3
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 3        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Indore
 
On March 3 1931 the Territory of Indore was formed by taking territories from the dioceses of Ajmer Allahabad and Nagpur and was entrusted to the Society of the Divine Word The first Divine Word Fathers Fr Peter Janser svd who was appointed Superior of the place and Fr Leo Krezeminski arrived in Indore on November 4 1932

On March 11 1935 Indore was elevated to Prefecture Apostolic and Msgr Peter Janser svd was appointed the first Prefect Apostolic The territory covered 110000 sq kms comprising the districts of Indore Khargone Khandwa Dhar Jhabua (except Tahsil of Thandla) Ratlam Dewas Ujjain Shajapur Rajgah Bhilsa (Vidisha) Hoshangabad and the whole of Bhopal State

In 1948 Msgr Herman Westermann svd succeeded Msgr Francis Simons svd was appointed Bishop In 1971 Bishop Simons resigned and on December 18 1972 the present Bishop George M Anathil svd was appointed successor of Bishop Simons

In 1964 the districts of Bhopal Sehore Vishisha and Hoshangabad were ceded to the Archdiocese of Bhopal In 1968 the districts of Ujjain Shajapur and Rajgah were separated from the diocese and the Exarchate of Ujjain was established In 1977 the districts of Khandwa and Khargone were separated and the diocese of Khandwa was erected In 1981 the district of Mandsaur was transferred from the diocese of Ajmer to the diocese of Indore

By the decree of His Holiness Pope John Paul II ƒ??Ad perpetuam rei memoriamƒ? dated 1st March 2002 the diocese of Jhabua was erected separating the districts of Jhabua Ratlam Mandsaur Neemuch and the Tahshil of Sardarpur from Dhar district from the diocese of Indore The canonical possession of the new diocese took place on 7th June 2002 After this division the diocese of Indore has three civil districts of Indore Dewas and Dhar except the Tahshil of Sardarpur
Prelates of the Diocese of Indore
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. George M. Anathil SVD 1973-2008 Bp. E. Baretto 1971-1973
Bp. Francis Simons SVD 1952-1971 Bp. Herman Westermann SVD 1948 -1951
Bp. Peter Janser SVD 1933-1946