Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Gorakhpur
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Population: 17200750
Catholics: 3232
Diocesan Priests: 45
  Total area:
212316 Sq km
Religious Priests: 6
Religious Sisters: 183
Seminarians: 16
St Joseph & St therese of Child Jesus
  Languages: Bhojpuri Hindi
  Civil States:

Uttar Pradesh: Gorakhpur Deoria Sant Kabir Nagar Basti Kushinagar Maharajganj and Siddharthnagar

Contact Diocese of Gorakhpur:
Bishop's House Civil LinesUniversity Post Gorakhpur - 273 009 UTTAR PRADESH
Telephone 1:
0551-23 32 723 / 23 42 357
23 42 357
E-Mail Office:
Most Rev Thomas Thuruthimattam CST, Bishops of Gorakhpur
Most Rev Thomas Thuruthimattam CST
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0551-23 42 357
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Gorakhpur
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Dominic Kokkat CST Retired
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History of the Diocese of Gorakhpur
The Catholic Eparchy of Gorakhpur was erected on the 19th of June 1984 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II through the Bull ?Ex quo Divinum Concilium? Rev Fr Dominic Kokkat CST was appointed its first Bishop It comprises of seven north eastern districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh viz Gorakhpur Deoria Sant Kabirnagar Basti Kushinagar Maharajganj and Siddharthnagar covering an area of 19070 sq kms It has a population of about 172 million of which the Catholics number only 3232 The languages spoken in this part of the Gangetic plain are Hindi and Bhojpuri It is situated 750 kms South east of Delhi 225 kms north of Varanasi and 275 kms West of Lucknow the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh

This Eparchy is the fruitful outcome of the silent and long perseverance of the Catholic faithful and their spiritual leaders both in the past and present Although the Christian origin in Gorakhpur is longer and more distant the Catholic Christian origin in Gorakhpur could be traced back to a group of native Catholics from the then Bethiaraj who migrated to this city as agricultural labourers in the beginning of 1800 during the British colonialism However the Handbook of Bengal Mission mentions about the Roman Catholic mission undertaken by Fr Joseph Maria around 1740 and some Italian missionaries under the guidance of the Vicar Apostolic of Patna appeared to have rendered pastoral assistance in Gorakhpur When Fr Raphael of Livorno was appointed chaplain in Gorakhpur he built St Joseph?s Church now the Cathedral in 1860 In 1886 Gorakhpur became part of the Diocese of Allahabad

By 1906 Gorakhpur became the headquarters of various mission outstations thanks to the works done by Fr Joseph Hiki and Fr T Considine between 1892 to 1906 Gorakhpur-Banaras Prefecture was erected in the year 1947 and was entrusted to the dynamic leadership of late venerable Msgr Jerome Malenfant Ofm Cap In 1858 the headquarters of the prefecture was shifted to Varanasi In 1967 the Gorakhpur-Banaras Prefecture got its name changed into Banaras-Gorakhpur Prefecture In 1970 this Prefecture became the Diocese of Varanasi Late Venerable Fr Basilius Panat CST the founder of the Little Flower Congregation at the invitation of Msgr Malenfant OfmCap visited this mission and worked out the modalities for sending his priests to begin the pastoral and evangelical activities in Gorakhpur in 1969-70 Since 1970 the CST Fathers were actively involved in the evangelical works in this Prefecture which became the Eparchy of Varanasi in the same year Next fourteen years saw progressive efforts resulting in the emergence of Gorakhpur as an Eparchy ?In 1984 Gorakhpur became an Eparchy Taking into consideration the problems typical to this vast area the Eparchy has worked out pastoral ecumenical Inter religious educational rural developmental and health care apostolates

The Eparchy has today 44 Eparchial priests 25 religious priests 8 religious brothers and 179 sisters to carry out the mission entrusted to it with the active involvement and support of the laity

Prelates of the Diocese of Gorakhpur
Bishop NamePrelate DesignationPeriodBishop NamePrelate DesignationPeriod
Bp. Dominic Kokkat CST 1984-2006