Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Rourkela
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 2,000,000
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 242126
 
Founded:
04-Jul-79
Diocesan Priests: 77
  Total area:
3761.2 sq. km
Religious Priests: 83
 
Province:
Cuttack-Bhubaneswar
Religious Sisters: 354
 
Region:
Orissa
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Our Lady of the Rosary
  Languages: ?Oriya Munda Kharia Hindi Sadri English Oram and?Kisan.
  Civil States:

Orissa: Sundargarh

Contact Diocese of Rourkela:
Bishop's HouseHamirpur Rourkela 769 003. ORISSA.
Telephone 1:
0661-26 42 302 / 0661-26 47 041
Fax:
26 47 041
 
E-Mail Office:
rklbpjb@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Kishor Kumar Kujur, Bishops of Rourkela
Name:
Most Rev. Kishor Kumar Kujur
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0661-26 40 702
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Rourkela
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Alphonse Bilung SVD Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Rourkela
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
41
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
1
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
5
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
151
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
12
 
Social Centres:
4
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
28
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
5
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
1
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
5
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Rourkela
 
The Diocese of Rourkela was created by the Papal Bull "cum Cordi" dated July 4 1979 by taking the entire civil district of Sundargarh from the diocese of Sambalpur in Orissa. At the time of erection of Rourkela the diocese of Sambalpur erected in 1951 comprised of the four Orissa districts of Sundargarh Sambalpur Bolangir and Dhenkanal.
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The new diocese of Rourkela is bounded on the north by Archdiocese of Ranchi and on the South by the diocese of Sambalpur to the west and the north-west lies the diocese of Raigarh while the diocese of Jamshedpur and Balasore lie to the east and South-East.
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Jesuit Missionaries began evangelization of this part of the Chotanagpur Mission Fr Constant Livens (1856 - 1893) being the most prominent among them. After the Second World War the Jesuits faced two major problems - personnel and finance. They therefore requested the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) who had been working in the neighbouring states of Central India since 1932 to take up the Gangpur Mission in Northern Orissa. The SVDs set their feet in this mission land in 1948. The Late Bishop Herman Westermann SVD who had several years of experience in Central India was ordained the first Bishop of Sambalpur in 1951. During his tenure as well as that of Bishop Raphael Cheenath SVD (1974 - 1979) mission work in this ecclesiastical territory progressed in leaps and bounds.
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Rt. Rev. Alphonse Billung S.V.D. was appointed the first Bishop of Rourkela on November 3 1979. Today the Diocese of Rourkela owes a lot to the relentless zeal and indefatigable labour of these eminent personalities and their co - Missionaries - Priests Brothers Sisters Lay people generous benefactors and all well-wishers.
Prelates of the Diocese of Rourkela
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. John Barwa S.V.D 2009 Bp. Alphonse Bilung S.V.D 1979-2009