Dioceses of India
Total: 1
Agra

Archdiocese of Agra

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Rite: Latin
Region : Agra
Patron: Immaculate Conceptions & St. Gonsalo Garcia
Founded: 1 September 1886
Province: Agra
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 69, 162 Sq. km
Total Population : 2,70,24,296
Catholics Total: 17,021
Diocesan Priests: 67
Religious Priests: 31
Religious Sisters: 298
Minor Seminarians: 51
Major Seminarians: 24

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Albert D'souza
Archbishop of Agra
Personal Details
Born:4-Aug-1945
Priestly Ordination:8-Dec-1974
Episcopal Ordination:2-Jul-1993
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Tel(P): 0562 - 2853939
Email(P): abpalbert@gmail.com
Contact Details
Archbishop’s House, Wazirpura Road, Agra - 282 003 (Uttar Pradesh)
Tel(O): 0562-28 51 318, 25 26 397
Fax : 25 27 208
Email : archdagra@gmail.com

Archdiocese of Agra at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 36Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 01Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 02
Men Religious Houses: 04Women Religious Houses: 59

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 02Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 15
Orphanages : 118Homes for Aged & Destitute : 05
Schools for Physically Challenged: 02Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 05
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 25High Schools : 12
Upper Primary Schools: 05Lower Primary Schools:13
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :55Presses & Media Centres : 01

History

Agra Archdiocese consists of the following districts in Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Aligarh, Auraiya, Budaun, Bulandshahr, Etah, Etawah, Farrukabad, Fathegarh, Firozabad, Gautambudha Nagar, Hathras, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Mathura and in Rajasthan, Bharatpur and Dholpur.
 
The Emperor Akbar, wishing to have some learned Christian priests at his Court, invited the Jesuits from their College at Goa. The first Church work with the Moghul was thus formed by Blessed Rudolf Aquaviva (later a martyr at Goa), Anthony Monserrate and Francis Henriquez, who arrived at the Moghul Court, then at Fatehpur Sikri in 1580. A second and a third Church work followed. The Jesuits enjoyed the patronage of Akbar and his son Jahangir; but under Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb this disappeared. Though there were no Christian congregations of importance in Moghul India, there were a number of individuals who wielded considerable influences in Court and elsewhere.
 
When in 1773 the Jesuits were suppressed, two Carmelite Fathers from Bombay succeeded them in Agra, who in turn, were replaced by the Capuchins after a very short while. By a decree of the Sacred Congregation, dated May 17, 1784, the Vicariate - Apostolic of the Great Moghul was constituted.

The history of the Agra Archdiocese under the Capuchins was closely linked with their work in Tibet.

St. Peter's College

Early in 1708, four Capuchins, starting from Kathmandu, reached Lhasa after two months. More Capuchins followed them and took up their residence at Lhasa until April 20, 1745, when, owing to relentless persecution by the Tibetan Priesthood, they had to leave Tibet, and return to Nepal. Thus the capuchin Church work in Lhasa came to an end. But the Church work continued its existence in Nepal until 1768.


Cathedral House
The whole chain of Capuchin stations, embracing the greater part of North India from Chandernagore to Lhasa, from Sind to Bengal, from the Himalayas to Narbada river, now the Diocese of Ajmer - Jaipur, Allahabad, Indore, Jhansi, Lahore, Lucknow, Meerut, Patna, Varanasi, Delhi, Jalandar, Simla - Chandigarh, Bijnor and Jammu & Kashmir, (formerly Rawalpindi) all came to be known as the Tibet Hindustan Church work. The Cathedrals of Agra, Ajmer, Allahabad, Delhi, Lahore (before the new one), Madras, Patna and Simla, are symbols and monuments of the untiring zeal of the Capuchins for the extension of the faith and the progress of the Catholic Church in India.

The prefecture Apostolic of Tibet-Hindustan was in 1820, constituted into the Vicaritae Apostolic of Agra, with Msgr. Maria Zenobio Benucci, ofm cap. as its first Vicar Apostolic, who was succeeded by Msgrs. Anthony Pezzoni and Anthony Borghi.

Former Bishops

NameDesignationPeriod
His Eminence Oswald Cardinal GraciasArchbishop2000-2006
Most Rev. Vincent M Concessao Archbishop1998-2000
Most Rev. Cecil de SaArchbishop1984-1998
Most Rev. Dominic Athaide, OFM CapArchbishop1956-1982
Most Rev. Evangelisti Vanni, OFM CapArchbishop1937-1955
Most Rev. Raphael Bernachioni, OFM CapArchbishop1917-1937
Most Rev. Charles Gentili, OFM CapArchbishop1898-1916
Most Rev. Emmanuel Van den Bosh, OFM Cap Archbishop1892-1898
Most Rev. Michael Angelo Jacopi, OFM CapArchbishop1886-1891