Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Raiganj
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 7 261145
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 85000
 
Founded:
08-Jun-78
Diocesan Priests: 99
  Total area:
39020 km2
Religious Priests: 29
 
Province:
Calcutta
Religious Sisters: 216
 
Region:
Bengal
Seminarians: 31
  Patron:
St. Joseph the Worker
  Languages: Bengali Santali Sadri Oraon
  Civil States:

West Bengal: North Dinajpur South Dinajpur and Malda

Contact Diocese of Raiganj:
Bishop's House ChotparuaKarnajora P.O. Via Raiganj Dt. Uttar Dinajpur 733 130. West Bengal
Telephone 1:
03523-25 09 00 / 03523-25 68 41
Fax:
25 68 41
 
E-Mail Office:
raiganjdiocese@rediffmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Fulgence Aloysius Tigga, Bishops of Raiganj
Name:
Most Rev. Fulgence Aloysius Tigga
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
2018-     Telephone (P): 03523-25 27 35
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Raiganj
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Raiganj
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
33
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
3
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
5
Monastries:
1
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
45
Convents:
39
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
4
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
2
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
19
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
5
       
Boarding Houses:
63
   
Upper Primary Schools:
1
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
1
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Raiganj
 
The Diocese of Raiganj was erected by Pope Paul VI by the Apostolic Bull "Ut Petrus et Pastor" dated June 8 1978. The diocese was formed by detaching from the Diocese of Dumka the district of West Dinajpur and Malda. The West Dinajpur district has been further subdivided into two Districts: North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur. The diocese lies completely in the State of West Bengal.

In 1952 a part of West Dinajpur and Malda were cut off from the Diocese of Dinajpur (now in Bangladesh) and the Prefecture of Malda was erected under the care of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign missionaries of Milan (PIME). But in 1962 when the Diocese of Dumka was erected the Prefecture of Malda was suppressed and the area was fused with Dumka diocese. Now the area of the former Malda Prefecture plus the Islampur subdivision of former West Dinajpur has become the Diocese of Raiganj.
Prelates of the Diocese of Raiganj
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Leo Tigga 1978 - 1986