Dioceses of India
Total: 1
Rajkot

Diocese of Rajkot

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Patron: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Founded: 26 February 1977
Province: Gandhinagar
Status: Diocese
Total area: 109,950 Sq.kms.
Total Population : 1,62,,58,975
Catholics Total: 13,000
Diocesan Priests: 28
Religious Priests: 121
Religious Sisters: 492
Minor Seminarians: 60
Major Seminarians: 46

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Jose Chittooparambil CMI
BISHOP OF RAJKOT
Personal Details
Born:10-Dec-1954
Priestly Ordination:8-May-1985
Episcopal Ordination:11-Sep-2010
Period: 2010-

Tel(P): 0281 - 2563889
Email(P): ccjosecmi@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, P. B. No. 1501, Kalawad Road, Rajkot - 360 005 (Gujarat)
Tel(O): 0281-25 63 415, 25 63 891
Fax : 25 63 427
Email : rajkotbishop@gmail.com

Diocese of Rajkot at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 36Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 02
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 02Religious Formation Houses : 06
Men Religious Houses: 28Women Religious Houses: 106

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 18
Orphanages : 03Homes for Aged & Destitute : 05
Schools for Physically Challenged: 02Homes for Physically Challenged : 02
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 14
Counselling Centres : 01De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 43HIV / AIDS Centre: 08

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 02
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 31High Schools : 18
Upper Primary Schools: 06Lower Primary Schools:12
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :108Presses & Media Centres : 01

History

The Diocese of Rajkot lies at the northwesternmost part of India, stretching over the whole peninsula of Saurashtra and Kutch, covering an area of 109,950 sq. kms. It comprises the civil districts of Amreli, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Rajkot and Surendranagar, together known popularly as Saurashtra, and the district of Kutch in Gujarat State.
 
By the Papal Bull "De Recta Fidelium" of February 25, 1977, Pope Paul VI erected the new Diocese of Rajkot, separating it from the Diocese of Ahmedabad.
 
As the Jesuit Vice - Province of Ahmedabad, to whom the Ahmedabad Diocese had been entrusted from its erection in 1948, was unable to provide the personnel to manage this vast territory, and to meet the increasing demands on all fronts, an invitation was made to the Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) of the Syro - Malabar Rite, to take up work in this Diocese.
 
An agreement was made between the former Bishop Edwin Pinto, sj, of Ahmedabad and the CMI Prior General that certain areas of Ahmedabad Diocese should be handed over to the CMI with full responsibility for their apostolate, with a view to erecting a new Exarchate or Eparchy when the Holy See so decided.
 
Since 1972, the CMI Fathers have been working in these areas, which have since been formed into the separate Diocese of Rajkot.
 
Mar Jonas Thaliath, cmi, was appointed the first Bishop of Rajkot. He was ordained Bishop on May 11, 1977 and was installed on June 19, 1977. Bishop Jonas was called to his eternal reward on November 7, 1981. Fr Victorian Kunneparampil, cmi, shouldered the administration of the Diocese until Mar Gregory Karotemprel, cmi, was ordained the second Bishop of Rajkot on April 24, 1983.
 
This entire mission territory was entrusted to the Sacred Heart Province of the CMI Congregation in 1978 and was called Rajkot Mission. It was raised to the status of a Region in 1981 and was named St. Xavier's Region. In 1985 the civil districts of Amreli and Bhavnagar, and in 1987 the district of Junagadh were entrusted to St. Joseph's Province (Kottayam) of the CMI and was called Chavara Sub-Region. In 1993 St. Xavier's Region was made a Vice-Province. In 1996 Chavara Sub - Region was raised to the status of a Region.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Gregory Karotemprel CMI 
Bishop Emeritus of Rajkot
Personal Details
Born:6-May-1933
Priestly Ordination:17-May-1963
Episcopal Ordination:24-Apr-1983
Period: 1983- 2010

Tel(P):  0281-2562013
Email(P): bpgregorycmi@gmail.com
Contact Details
St. Xavier's Provincial House
P.B No 1504 Kalawad Road
Rajkot - GUJARAT - 360005
Tel(O): 0281-25 63 415, 25 63 891
Fax : 25 63 427
Email : rajkotbishop@gmail.com
NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Jonas ThaliathBishop1977-1981