Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Archdiocese of Bhopal

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Rite: Latin
Region : Madhya Pradesh
Patron: St. Francis of Assisi
Founded: 13 September 1963
Province: Bhopal
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 20,387 sqkm
Total Population : 48,00,000
Catholics Total: 13500
Diocesan Priests: 67
Religious Priests: 78
Religious Sisters: 512
Minor Seminarians: 26
Major Seminarians: 24

Archdiocese of Bhopal at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 38Retreat Centres: 03
Major Seminaries : 04Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 04Religious Formation Houses : 12
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 52

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 07
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 02
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 03
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 07
Counselling Centres : 01De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 06HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 03Degree Colleges: 02
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 02
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 20High Schools : 20
Upper Primary Schools: 40Lower Primary Schools:0
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 0


The history of the Catholic Church in Bhopal goes back to 1785, when Salvador Bourbon, a descendant of the French Royal Catholic Family of Bourbons, came to Bhopal to work for the reigning Begum Mamola at Bhopal. In 1829 Bhopal was officially a part of Agra Vicariate. It was Bp Hartmann ofm. Cap, who is in a very real sense the founder of the Church of Bhopal. In 1873 he acquired a plot of land from the Muslim ruler of Bhopal and built the first little church, which, in 1964 became the Cathedral of the newly erected Archdiocese of Bhopal.

In 1886 the Diocese of Allahabad was formed and Bhopal was then attached to this new diocese. On March 11, 1935, when the Mission Territory of Indore was elevated to Prefecture to Indore. In 1958 the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh was shifted from Nagpur to Bhopal and this necessitated the creation of the new Archdiocese of Bhopal.

Bp Eugene D'Souza was transferred from Nagpur to Bhopal to be its First Archbishop. After steering the life of the Church in Madhya Pradesh for 30 years through the Archdiocese of Bhopal, Archbishop Eugene laid down his office and handed over to Bp Pascal Topno, sj, of Ambikapur, who was promoted as Archbishop of Bhopal on May 20, 1994.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Pascal Topno, SJ
Archbishop Emeritus of Bhopal
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:31-Jul-1965
Episcopal Ordination:18-Jan-1986
Period: 1994- 2007

Tel(P): 07774-220553
Email(P): ---
Contact Details
Khrist Milan Ashram, Namna,Ambikapur-497001 (Chattisgarh)
Tel(O): 0755-2540829
Fax : 25 44 737
Email : archdiocebpl@gmail.com
Archbishop Emeritus of Bhopal
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:14-Nov-1972
Episcopal Ordination:8-Sep-1999

Tel(P): (0)7828784978
Email(P): leovcornel@gmail.com
Contact Details
Archbishop’s House 33, Ahmedabad Palace Road, Bhopal - 462 001 (Madhya Pradesh)
Tel(O): 0755-2540829
Fax : 25 44 737
Email : archdiocebpl@gmail.com
Most Rev. Eugene D'Souza M.S.F.SArchbishop1963-1994