Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Sagar
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 4,538,500
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 7225
 
Founded:
26-Feb-77
Diocesan Priests: 56
  Total area:
21099
Religious Priests: 18
 
Province:
Bhopal
Religious Sisters: 267
 
Region:
Madhya Pradesh
Seminarians: 13
  Patron:
Little Flower
  Languages: Hindi Urdu
  Civil States: Madhya Pradesh: Sagar Raisen Vidisha Ashoknagar and Guna
Contact Diocese of Sagar:
Bishop's House Post Box No. 32 Sagar Cantt: - 470001 MADHYA PRADESH
Telephone 1:
07582-22 26 33 / 22 21 75
Fax:
22 21 75
 
E-Mail Office:
sagardiocese@yahoo.com (O)
Website:
 
Most Rev. James Athikkalam MST, Bishops of Sagar
Name:
Most Rev. James Athikkalam MST
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
2018-     Telephone (P): 07582-32 58 51
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Sagar
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Joseph Pastor Neelankavil CMI Retired 1986 - 2006
Most Rev. Antony Chirayath Retired 2006-2018
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Sagar
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
41
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
1
   
Technical Training Centres:
3
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
3
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
1
Convents:
55
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
6
 
Social Centres:
17
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
3
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
1
   
Higher Secondary :
19
       
Boarding Houses:
17
   
Upper Primary Schools:
7
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
1
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
1
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 1        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Sagar
 
The Diocese of Sagar was first canonically erected on July 29 1968 as Apostolic Exarchate by the decree "Quo Aptius" which detached the civil districts of Sagar Raisen and Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh from the Archdiocese of Bhopal. It was then entrusted to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

By another decree "De Bono Animarum" on April 2 1973 the civil district of Guna in Madhya Pradesh which formerly belonged to the Diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur was attached to the then Exarchate by the Sacred Congregation for Oriental Churches.

On February 26 1977 by the Papal Bull "Divina Verba" of Pope Paul VI the Exarchate of Sagar was raised to a Diocese and Msgr Clemens Thottungal was appointed its First Bishop.

On his retirement Bp Joseph Pastor Neelankavil cmi was appointed the second bishop of Sagar by the Papal Bull "Resonant Saepenumero". He was ordained and installed Bishop on February 22 1987.

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Prelates of the Diocese of Sagar
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Clemens Thottungal C.M.I. 1968 - 1986