Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Raigrah
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 1,493,627
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 33194
 
Founded:
13-Dec-51
Diocesan Priests: 54
  Total area:
9624 Sq. km
Religious Priests: 9
 
Province:
Raipur
Religious Sisters: 435
 
Region:
Chhattisgarh
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Our Lady of the Rosary
  Languages: Kharia Oraon English Hindi Sadri and Chhattisgarhi.
  Civil States:

Raigarh and Jashpur.

Contact Diocese of Raigrah:
Bishop's House Raigarh C/o St. Michael's Church RambhataP.O. & Dt. Raigarh - 496 001. CHATTISGARH.
Telephone 1:
07762-22 65 24 / 07762-22 65 23
Fax:
22 65 23
 
E-Mail Office:
raigarhbishopof@yahoo.co.in
Website:
 
Most Rev. Paul Toppo, Bishops of Raigrah
Name:
Most Rev. Paul Toppo
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 07762 226524
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Raigrah
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Raigrah
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
21
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
1
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
5
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
7
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
1
 
Social Centres:
2
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
10
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
11
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
5
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
2
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Raigrah
 
Before Independence the entire area was divided in five feudatory states. Up to 1905 no Catholic priest was allowed to enter these feudatory states. The local people mostly the tribals were suffering under exploitation oppression superstition illiteracy and poverty. Hence in Christianity they saw a liberating force and around 1989 - 90 there was a strong movement towards Christianity among the Oraon tribe of Jashpur and Surguja feudatory states. Tribal Oraons of both Jashpur and Surguja feudatory states used to walk about 200 kms. to Ranchi to meet the Belgian Jesuit Fathers. The feudal rulers were unable to crush the movements and thousands of tribals were baptized. Since the Catholic priests were not allowed to even to build a shed to live in the first resident priest lived from 1912 to 1915 in a tent near Ginabahar under a banyan tree. In 1915 he was allowed to build a small hut and in 1917 he got permission to build a presbytery. In the course of time four other mission stations were started but all the while missionary activities were severely restricted and monitored by the feudal rulers.
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In 1933 a considerable number of the tribals of the neighboring feudal state of Udaipur resolved to embrace Christianity. The feudal ruler of Udaipur vehemently opposed the movement. Till 1941 no Catholic priest was allowed to enter the Udaipur state except when summoned to the sick bed and only four times a year during other time to celebrate Holy Mass. But he was always under police surveillance and never allowed to stay more than 48 hours.
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After independence in 1948 the feudal rulers were abdicated and their states were merged into India. Indian constitution guaranteed freedom of religion to all. But the newly formed state government of Madhya Pradesh tried to impose the anti-Christian laws and set up Niyogi Commission. In the midst of oppositions and persecutions missionary activities continued to progress and number of Catholics continued to increase both in the former feudatory states of Jashpur and Surguja under Belgian Jesuit Frs. Hence on December 13 1951 a new Diocese of Raigarh - Ambikapur was erected by dismemberment from Ranchi and Nagpur dioceses. In 1971 Ambikapur became a separate diocese to which the entire district of Surguja was entrusted. And the old diocese became only the Diocese of Raigarh which is situated in the eastern part of Chhattisgarh. The territory of the present Diocese of Raigarh comprises the civil districts of Raigarh and Jashpur in the newly formed state of Chhattisgarh.
Prelates of the Diocese of Raigrah
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Victor Kindo 1985-2006 Bp. Francis Ekka 1971-1984
Bp. Stanislaus Tigga 1957-1970 Bp. Oscar Severin S.J. 1951-1957