Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Jaipur

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Rite: Latin
Region : Agra
Patron: Our Lady of Annunciation
Founded: 20 July 2005
Province: Agra
Status: Diocese
Total area: 129,060 sq. kms.
Total Population : 2,58,28,271 
Catholics Total: 4,657
Diocesan Priests: 14
Religious Priests: 32
Religious Sisters: 0
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Jaipur at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 25Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 01
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

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

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 14High Schools : 07
Upper Primary Schools: 04Lower Primary Schools:07
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :01Presses & Media Centres : 01


The new diocese comprises of 12 districts in Rajasthan, all until now in the Diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur: Jaipur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa, Alwar, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Bikaner, Nagaur, Churu, Hanumangarh and Sri Ganganagar, covering an area of 129,060 sq. kms. with a population of about 2,58,28,271 out of which about 4,096 Catholics. Jaipur is also the Capital of the State of Rajasthan. There are currently 32 Priests and 117 Religious Sisters working in the territory of the new Diocese.

The first Bishop of Jaipur, Most Rev. Oswald Lewis, was born on July 30, 1944, ordained priest on December 30, 1972 for the Diocese of Lucknow and was appointed as the Co-adjutor Bishop Meerut on April 16, 1998. Bishop Oswald, during his long priestly ministry in Lucknow, held varied and important assignments in pastoral, educational and administrative areas. He was the Parish Priest of the Cathedral, Principal of Schools, Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of Lucknow. He was for over 12 years Secretary of the Association of Catholic Education Institutions in U.P. (1985-1997) at the end of which he was given the “Bharat Jyoti” Award for ‘Best Educationist’ by the Governor of U.P.

Former Bishops

Bishop Emeritus of Jaipur
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:30-Dec-1972
Episcopal Ordination:16-Apr-1998

Tel(P): (0)9414931184
Email(P): bposwaldlewis@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, Ghat Gate,Jaipur - 302 003 (Rajasthan)
Tel(O): 0141-26 00 743
Fax : 26 00 743
Email : cathbishjaipur@rediffmail.com