Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Chanda

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Patron: St.Thomas the Apostle
Founded: 26 February 1977
Province: Nagpur
Status: Diocese
Total area: 32,233 sq. kms
Total Population : 36,20,160
Catholics Total: 12,749
Diocesan Priests: 38
Religious Priests: 50
Religious Sisters: 484
Minor Seminarians: 41
Major Seminarians: 31

Diocese of Chanda at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 42Retreat Centres: 05
Major Seminaries : 02Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 02Religious Formation Houses : 11
Men Religious Houses: 02Women Religious Houses: 80

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 20
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 02
Schools for Physically Challenged: 03Homes for Physically Challenged : 05
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 36
Counselling Centres : 03De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 03HIV / AIDS Centre: 01

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 06High Schools : 22
Upper Primary Schools: 30Lower Primary Schools:33
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :51Presses & Media Centres : 01


Pope John XXIII established the first Syro-Malabar Ordinariate of Chanda on 31 March 1962 with Msgr. Januarius Palathuruthy CMI as its first Ecclesiastical Superior with the faculties of Apostolic Exarch. it was carved out from the Archdiocese of Nagpur. The "Ordinariate" was raised to the status of an Apostolic Exarchate on 29 July 1968 and and Msgr. Januarius was made its Apostolic Exarch. On 26 February 1977 Paul VI raised it to the status of a diocese and Msgr. Januarius was appointed its first bishop. It comprises the civil districts of Wardha, Chandrapur and GadchiroH in Maharashtra state and Adilabad in Andra Pradesh. On 3 July 1990 Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI succeeded Bishop Januarius as its second Bishop. On 28 March 1995 Bishop Januarius was called to his eternal rest. In the year 1999 the civil district of Adilabad was bifurcated from the Diocese of Chanda and the new Diocese of Adilabad was established. On 24 October 2014 Bp. Ephrem Nariculam succeeded Bishop Vijay Anand CMI as the bishop of Chanda.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Vijay Anand Nedumpuram, CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Chanda
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:17-May-1967
Episcopal Ordination:3-Jul-1990

Tel(P): (0)7972118135,09075935932
Email(P): bpvijayanandch@gmail.com
Contact Details
Prabhu Sadan, Tarsa, Vittalwada P.O.-442702 Chandrapur Dt. (Maharashtra)
Tel(O): 07172-24 27 29 , 24 05 37
Fax : 24 27 29
Email : bishopchanda@gmail.com
Bishop Januarius Palathuruthy, CMI Bishop1962-1990
Right Rev. Vijay Anand Nedumpuram, CMIBishop 1990-