Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Jabalpur

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Rite: Latin
Region : Madhya Pradesh
Patron: St. Peter & Paul
Founded: 18 July 1932
Province: Bhopal
Status: Diocese
Total area: 52,980 Sq.km
Total Population : 9,200,870
Catholics Total: 24,979
Diocesan Priests: 82
Religious Priests: 52
Religious Sisters: 129
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Jabalpur at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 58Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 03
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 24
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 01
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 02HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 02
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 19High Schools : 11
Upper Primary Schools: 06Lower Primary Schools:13
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :01Presses & Media Centres : 01


The diocese is situated in Madhya Pradesh, and comprises the following districts: Jabalpur, Damoh, Mandla, Shahdol, Narsinghpur and the Tahsil of Lakhnadon in Seoni district.

Erected by the Brief "De Romoanorum Pontificum" dated July 18, 1932, the Prefecture Apostolic of Jabalpur, came into existence by dismembering from the Diocese of Nagpur the districts of Jabalpur, Mandla, Narsinghpur and the tahsil of Laknadon, from the Diocese of Allahabad, the districts of Sagar, Damoh, Rewa, Siddhi, Shahdol, Satna, Panna, Chattarpur and Tikamgarh.

The Prefecture Apostolic was raised to a diocese by the Papal Bull "Wui Genus Humanum" dated July 5, 1954 and Bp C. Dubbleman O. Praem, was appointed First Bishop of Jabalpur.

When the Archdiocese of Bhopal was created, the district of Sagar was dismembered from the Diocese of Jabalpur. And when the Exarchate of Satna was created, the districts of Rewa, Siddhi, Satna, Panna, Chattarpur, Tikamgarh were dismembered from the Diocese of Jabalpur.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Leobard D'SouzaBishop1966-1975
Most Rev. Conrad Dubbleman O. PraemBishop1932-1966