Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Jhansi

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Rite: Latin
Region : Agra
Patron: St. Jude Thaddues
Founded: 12 January 1940
Province: Agra
Status: Diocese
Total area: 29,418 Sq km
Total Population : 82,32,071
Catholics Total: 3,988
Diocesan Priests: 68
Religious Priests: 05
Religious Sisters: 149
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Jhansi at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 23Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 05
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 02Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 06
Orphanages : 04Homes for Aged & Destitute : 01
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 05HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 10Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 10High Schools : 08
Upper Primary Schools: 06Lower Primary Schools:05
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 01


The Diocese of Jhansi comprises the civil districts of Banda, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh and the civil districts of Datia, Shivpuri, Morena, Bhind and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

In 1929, the four districts of U.P. (Lalitpur was a part of Jhansi and Mohoba was a part of Hamirpur) were entrusted as a Mission to the Capuchins of the Maltese Province, who had been working in the Diocese of Allahabad alongside the confreres, the Bolongnese Fathers since 1929.

By a decree of Pope Pius XII, "Ad Evangelicam Veritatem", dated January 12, 1940, this mission was detached from the Allahabad diocese and erected into a Prefecture. On account of the Second World War, it remained orphaned of its Prefect till January 21, 1946.

On July 5, 1954, the Prefecture was raised to the status of a diocese by the Decree "In Prefectura Apostolica", and Msgr F. X. Fenech ofm cap, then Prefect Apostolic, became the First Bishop of Jhansi. In 1963 Msgr Baptist Mudartha was nominated as Bishop Auxiliary to Bp Fenech and in August 1967 Bp Mudartha was installed as the First Indian Bishop of Jhansi.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Baptist MudarthaBishop1967-1977
Most Rev. Francis Xavier Fenech OFM (Cap)Bishop1954-1967