Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Rajkot
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 16258975
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 13000
 
Founded:
26-Feb-77
Diocesan Priests: 28
  Total area:
45188 Sq. Kms
Religious Priests: 121
 
Province:
Gandhinagar
Religious Sisters: 492
 
Region:
Western
Seminarians: 46
  Patron:
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
  Languages: Gujarati Kutchi Hindi and English.
  Civil States:

Amreli Bhavnagar Jamnagar Junagadh PorbandarRajkot Surendranagar and Kutch.

Contact Diocese of Rajkot:
Bishop's House Post Box No. 150Bishop's House Post Box No. 150Kalawad Road Rajkot - 360 005. GUJARAT.
Telephone 1:
0281-25 63 415 25 63 891 / 25 63 427
Fax:
25 63 427
 
E-Mail Office:
rajkotbishop@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Jose Chittooparambil CMI, Bishops of Rajkot
Name:
Most Rev. Jose Chittooparambil CMI
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0281-25 63 889
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Rajkot
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Gregory Karotemprel CMI Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Rajkot
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
36
 
Hospitals:
4
   
Degree Colleges:
2
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
3
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
4
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
18
Monastries:
28
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
12
Convents:
106
 
Counselling Centres:
1
   
Presses & Media Centres:
1
Formation Houses:
6
 
Social Centres:
43
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
18
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
2
   
Higher Secondary :
31
       
Boarding Houses:
14
   
Upper Primary Schools:
6
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
8
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
108
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 5        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Rajkot
 
The Diocese of Rajkot lies at the northwesternmost part of India stretching over the whole peninsula of Saurashtra and Kutch covering an area of 109950 sq. kms. It comprises the civil districts of Amreli Bhavnagar Jamnagar Junagadh Porbandar Rajkot and Surendranagar together known popularly as Saurashtra and the district of Kutch in Gujarat State.
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By the Papal Bull "De Recta Fidelium" of February 25 1977 Pope Paul VI erected the new Diocese of Rajkot separating it from the Diocese of Ahmedabad.
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As the Jesuit Vice - Province of Ahmedabad to whom the Ahmedabad Diocese had been entrusted from its erection in 1948 was unable to provide the personnel to manage this vast territory and to meet the increasing demands on all fronts an invitation was made to the Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) of the Syro - Malabar Rite to take up work in this Diocese.
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An agreement was made between the former Bishop Edwin Pinto sj of Ahmedabad and the CMI Prior General that certain areas of Ahmedabad Diocese should be handed over to the CMI with full responsibility for their apostolate with a view to erecting a new Exarchate or Eparchy when the Holy See so decided.
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Since 1972 the CMI Fathers have been working in these areas which have since been formed into the separate Diocese of Rajkot.
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Mar Jonas Thaliath cmi was appointed the first Bishop of Rajkot. He was ordained Bishop on May 11 1977 and was installed on June 19 1977. Bishop Jonas was called to his eternal reward on November 7 1981. Fr Victorian Kunneparampil cmi shouldered the administration of the Diocese until Mar Gregory Karotemprel cmi was ordained the second Bishop of Rajkot on April 24 1983.
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This entire mission territory was entrusted to the Sacred Heart Province of the CMI Congregation in 1978 and was called Rajkot Mission. It was raised to the status of a Region in 1981 and was named St. Xavier's Region. In 1985 the civil districts of Amreli and Bhavnagar and in 1987 the district of Junagadh were entrusted to St. Joseph's Province (Kottayam) of the CMI and was called Chavara Sub-Region. In 1993 St. Xavier's Region was made a Vice-Province. In 1996 Chavara Sub - Region was raised to the status of a Region.
Prelates of the Diocese of Rajkot
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Jonas Thaliath 1977-1981