Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Buxar

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Rite: Latin
Region : Bijhan
Patron: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Founded: 12 December 2005
Province: Patna
Status: Diocese
Total area: 11,311 square kilometers 
Total Population : 79, 85,362 (Census 2001)
Catholics Total: 26,000
Diocesan Priests: 14
Religious Priests: 23
Religious Sisters: 90
Minor Seminarians: 15
Major Seminarians: 25

Diocese of Buxar at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 14Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 10

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 08
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 12
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 09HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 01High Schools : 08
Upper Primary Schools: 16Lower Primary Schools:16
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :19Presses & Media Centres : 0


The creation of the new Diocese of Buxar was announced on Monday, 12th December 2005, to be bifurcated from the western part of Patna Archdiocese in the state of Bihar. The Diocese was officially inaugurated on March 25, 2006, with the ordination and installation of Rev. William D'Souza, a Jesuit of the Patna Province, as its first Bishop.

The parish church of Buxar is the Cathedral of the new Diocese and 'Mary Mother of Perpetual Help', the Diocesan Patron

Consequent to the transfer of Bishop William D’Souza to Patna as its Archbishop in 2007, Rev. Father Sebastian Kallupura of Patna Archdiocese was nominated as the second Bishop of Buxar Diocese on April 7, 2009. He was ordained and installed as bishop of Buxar on June 21, 2009.