Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Asansol 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Bengal
Patron: St. Francis Xavier
Founded: 24 October 1997
Province: Calcutta
Status: Diocese
Total area: 13,000sq.Km
Total Population : 1,30,00,000
Catholics Total: 30,169
Diocesan Priests: 45
Religious Priests: 22
Religious Sisters: 197
Minor Seminarians: 15
Major Seminarians: 13

Diocese of Asansol  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 59Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 05Religious Formation Houses : 05
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 42

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 0Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 04
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 02
Crèches: 01Boarding Houses : 27
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 01

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 09High Schools : 09
Upper Primary Schools: 03Lower Primary Schools:01
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :01Presses & Media Centres : 0


The evangelisation work in this area began in the year 1870 by the Jesuit fathers of Calcutta, formerly known as the 'Bengal Jesuit Mission'. On May1, 1994 Burdwan-Bhirbum districts were formed into a vicariate by Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta and the Auxiliary Bishop Cyprian Monis of Calcutta was appointed as the Episcopal Vicar. By the apostolic bull dated October 24, 1977, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, adding Bankura district to the mentioned vicariate created the Diocese of Asansol.

The Diocese of Asansol, thus consists of Burdwan district, nine blocks of Bankura district and 10 blocks of Birbhum district. Asansol is a sub-divisional headquarters within Burdwan district. It is an industrial town, 225 km north west of Calcutta. The diocese lies completely within the state of West-Bengal. As a matter of fact, the entire area of this diocese and more, from 1875 A.D. to 1964 A.D. formed a single parish, Sacred Heart Church, Asansol Bishop Cyprian Monis was appointed as the first Bishop of the diocese of Asansol on December 3,1997.

Former Bishops

Bishop Emeritus of Asansol
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:21-Dec-1975
Episcopal Ordination:4-Aug-1994

Tel(P): 09474549292
Email(P): bpcmonis@gmail.com
Contact Details
Sacred Heart Presbytery, Bishop’s House, G. T. Road (West), Asansol - 713 301 (West Bengal)
Tel(O): 0341-22 82 836
Email : asndio@hotmail.com