Dioceses of India
Total: 1
Karwar

Diocese of Karwar

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Rite: Latin
Region : Karnataka
Patron: St. Joseph
Founded: 24 January 1976
Province: Bangalore
Status: Diocese
Total area: 10,291 sq. km.
Total Population : 13,53,000
Catholics Total: 45,608
Diocesan Priests: 127
Religious Priests: 17
Religious Sisters: 0
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Derek Fernandes
BISHOP OF KARWAR
Personal Details
Born:14-May-1954
Priestly Ordination:5-May-1979
Episcopal Ordination:20-Apr-2007
Period: 2007-

Tel(P): 08382-282363
Email(P): derekfds@rediffmail.com
Contact Details

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Bishop's Office,
Puneeth Sadan, Shirwad,
Karwar - 581 306.
KARNATAKA
Tel(O): 08382-28 23 64
Fax : 28 24 52
Email : karwardiocese@gmail.com

Diocese of Karwar at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 69Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 04
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 09
Orphanages : 04Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 03Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 02
Social Centres : 07HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 04Degree Colleges: 03
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 04
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 05High Schools : 17
Upper Primary Schools: 04Lower Primary Schools:02
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :02Presses & Media Centres : 01

History

The Diocese, comprising the whole civil district of Uttara Kannada, was carved out from Belgaum diocese and erected as the Diocese of Karwar by the Decree 'Christi Missum" of Pope Paul VI dated January 24, 1976.

Bp William Leonard D'Mello was appointed First Bishop of Karwar by an Apostolic Bull dated January 24, 1976. He was ordained and installed as the First Bishop of Karwar on April 29, 1977. He served the diocese of Karwar for 30 year with great pastoral care.

Former Bishops

NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. William Leonard D'MelloBishop1976-2007