Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Nagpur
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 11,000,000
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 19440
 
Founded:
11 July 1887
Diocesan Priests: 52
  Total area:
6102 Sq.kml
Religious Priests: 80
 
Province:
Nagpur
Religious Sisters: 421
 
Region:
Western
Seminarians:
  Patron:
St. Francis de Sales
  Languages: ?Hindi Marathi and English.?
  Civil States:

Nagpur Bhandara Gondia Seoni Chhindwara Betuland Balaghat.

Contact Archdiocese of Nagpur:
Archbishop's House Mohan Nagar Nagpur - 440 001 MAHARASHTRAMAHARASHTRA
Telephone 1:
0712-25 33 239 / 0712-25 27 906
Fax:
25 27 906
 
E-Mail Office:
secretary@nagpurdiocese.com
Website:
 
Most Rev., Archbishops of Nagpur
Name:
Most Rev.
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0712-25 60 780
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Nagpur
 
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Nagpur
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
34
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
2
   
Technical Training Centres:
5
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
23
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
19
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
18
 
Social Centres:
8
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
9
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
7
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
2
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
5
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 1        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Nagpur
 
The Archdiocese of Nagpur is situated roughly in the middle of India. It now comprises the districts of Nagpur and Bhandara in Maharashtra state and the districts of Betul Chhindwara Seoni (except the tehsil of Lakhnadon) and Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh. The diocese was originally formed by dismemberment of what was then known as the Central Provinces and Berar from the Diocese of Visakhapatnam in 1887. It was entrusted to the care of Fathers of St. Francis de Sales.

On July 18 1932 the Brief "De Romanorum Pontificum" erected the Prefecture of Jabalpur (now diocese) by separating from the Diocese of Visakhapatnam in 1887. It was entrusted to the care of Fathers of St. Francis de Sales.

Again on March 11 1935 the Decree "Salutis Animarum" of the S.C. of the Propagation of Faith erected the Prefecture of Indore (now diocese) comprising parts of the Diocese of Ajmer Allahabad and Nagpur namely the districts of Hoshangabad and Khandwa.

Further on May 8 1935 the Decree "Cum Petierit" erected the Diocese of Amravati by taking away from the Nagpur Archdiocese the four districts of Berar (Amravati Akola Buldana and Yeotmal) and the three districts of Marathwada (Aurangabad and parts of Parbhani and Nanded. The other parts of Parbhani and Nanded belonged to the Archdiocese of Hyderabad).

On March 31 1962 the Apostolic Decree "Ad Lucem Sancti Evangelii" erected the Exarchate of Chanda from the three districts of Wardha Chanda and Adilabad till then part of Nagpur Archdiocese. This was entrusted to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate of the Syro-Malabar Rite. In 1976 Chanda Exarchate was made into a diocese.

On January 16 1964 by the Bull "Religio Vera Christique Salus" the districts of Raipur Durg and Bilaspur were further detached from the Nagpur Archdiocese to form the Prefecture of Raipur which was entrusted to the Pallottine Fathers and later given the status of diocese in March 1974.

In September 1953 Nagpur was raised to an Archbishopric with Amravati and Chanda diocese as its Suffragans. Most Rev. Eugene D'Souza was the first Indian Bishop and later Archbishop of Nagpur.
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Nagpur
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara Archbishop 1998 -2018 Abp. Leobard D'Souza 1975 -1988
Abp. Leonard Raymond 1964 - 1974 Abp. Eugene D'Souza 1951 - 1964
Abp. Louis F. Gayet 1933 - 1950 Abp. Francis Stephen Coppel 1907 - 1933
Abp. Stephen Bonaventure 1904 - 1907 Abp. John Mary Crochet 1900 - 1903
Abp.Charles Pelvat 1893 - 1900 Abp.Alexix Riccaz 1887 - 1892