Dioceses of India
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Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar

Archdiocese of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar

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Rite: Latin
Region : Orissa
Patron: St. Thomas the Apostle
Founded: 24 January 1974
Province: Cuttack-Bhubaneswar
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 32,440Sq.Kms
Total Population : 1,34,25,486
Catholics Total: 64,607
Diocesan Priests: 86
Religious Priests: 54
Religious Sisters: 194
Minor Seminarians: 47
Major Seminarians: 25

Archdiocese of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 422Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 02
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 07
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 18

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 02Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 17
Orphanages : 03Homes for Aged & Destitute : 02
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 02
Crèches: 04Boarding Houses : 27
Counselling Centres : 04De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 02HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 0
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 05High Schools : 19
Upper Primary Schools: 02Lower Primary Schools:04
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :04Presses & Media Centres : 02


The Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar comprises the civil districts of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar, Phulbani (Kandhamal) and Puri in the state of Orissa.

The Diocese of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar was part of the Diocese of Visakhapatnam since 1845. In 1922, the Spanish Vincentian Fathers came to Orissa. In 1928, Pope Pius XI declared the mission of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar "sui juris".

In 1937 the mission was created into a Diocese and was made suffragan of Ranchi. On January 24, 1974, it became a Metropolitan See and Most Rev. Henry D'Souza was appointed the first Archbishop of Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar. A part of the former Cuttack - Bhubaneshwar diocese was erected into the Diocese of Berhampur. In April 1985 Archbishop Henry D'Souza was transferred to the Archdiocese of Calcutta. On August 11, 1985, Bp Raphael Cheenath, svd, of the Diocese of Sambalpur succeeded him as Archbishop.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Henry D’Souza Archbishop1974-1985
Most Rev. Henry D'SouzaBishop1974-1985
Most Rev. Paul Tobar Gonsalves cmBishop1949-1971
Most Rev. Florencio Sanz Esperanza cmBishop1939-1949