Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Bijnor

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Agra
Patron: St. Joseph
Founded: 23 March 1972
Province: Agra
Status: Diocese
Total area: 33919 Sq. Km
Total Population : 1,01,16,752
Catholics Total: 3664
Diocesan Priests: 53
Religious Priests: 18
Religious Sisters: 175
Minor Seminarians: 28
Major Seminarians: 21

Diocese of Bijnor at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 53Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 02
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 05
Men Religious Houses: 05Women Religious Houses: 41

Charitable Institutions

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

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 0
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 13High Schools : 08
Upper Primary Schools: 07Lower Primary Schools:04
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 01


This Ecclesiastical Unit was created as an Apostolic Exarchate on March 23, 1972 by the Papal Bull 'Beatorum Apostolorum' and entrusted to the Sacred Heart Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. The area comprising the diocese was culled out from the Diocese of Meerut. It consists of the district of Bijnor, except Dhampur division, and the five hill districts of Pauri-Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and a portion of the district of Haridwar.

Bp Gratian Muddadan, cmi, was nominated as its first Apostolic Exarch.

On February 26, 1977 the Papal Bull 'Quae cum Romano Pontificatu' of Pope Paul VI raised the Apostolic Exarchate to a diocese, Msgr Gratian Mundadan, cmi, was appointed its First Bishop.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Gratian Mundadan, CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Bijnor
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:17-May-1964
Episcopal Ordination:6-Nov-1977
Period: 1977-2009

Tel(P): 08281083839,07599335472
Email(P): bishopgratian@gmail.com
Contact Details
St. John's Ashram, Rajarampur, Jalalabad P.O. Najibabbad, Bijnor Dt., U.P.-246763
Tel(O): 01382-22 22 31
Fax : 22 25 11
Email : bijnordiocese@yahoo.com
Bishop Emeritus of Bijnor
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:19-Dec-1975
Episcopal Ordination:22-Oct-2009

Tel(P): 07088343464
Email(P): johnvadakel75@gmail.com
Contact Details
Santhome Ashram C/o St. Thomas School, G. T. Road, Khatauli, Distt. Muzaffarnagar - 251201 (Uttar Pradesh)
Tel(O): 01382-22 22 31
Fax : 22 25 11
Email : bijnordiocese@yahoo.com