Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Khunti

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Rite: Latin
Region : Bijhan
Patron: St. Michael Archangel
Founded: 1 April 1995
Province: Ranchi
Status: Diocese
Total area: 3,765 Sq km
Total Population : 847,363
Catholics Total: 91,062
Diocesan Priests: 32
Religious Priests: 41
Religious Sisters: 115
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Khunti at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 20Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 04
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 13
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 02
Social Centres : 02HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 04Degree Colleges: 02
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 02High Schools : 22
Upper Primary Schools: 26Lower Primary Schools:05
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 0


The first Catholic missionary of Chotanagpur, Fr. Augustin Stockman s.j, was sent in 1868 by Bishop Stein of Culcutta to explore the possibility of evangelization among the tribals. He journeyed from Midnapur on a rickety bullock-cart and on tenth day arrived at Chaibasa in Singhbhung district. After three year’s stay and hard work six poor Munda families from Kuntpani in the Ho Land, asked him for baptism. Unable to settle them among the Hos, he brought them to Tutuyu and settled them here near Kochang village which he named Burudih. 

The fire of the Catholic faith which had been ignited in Butudih Kochang would soon spread to Bandgaon, Sarwada and Dolda.  By 1885, when Fr. Constant Lievens sj., the “Apostle of Chotanagpur,” came the Catholics numbered 2,000. With the arrival of Fr. Lievens, the missionary approach and methodology changed. He settled in Torpa and began to help the tribals in court cases to regain possession of their land away snatched by rapacious landlords. He preached the Gospel by his word and deed. This brought spectacular success as well as painful trial.  The Mundas flocked to Torpa and gradually many mission stations were established in present Khunti and Ranchi diocese. 

In 1892 Fr. John Baptist Hoffmann S.J., a German missionary, volunteered to go to Bandgaon and a year later shifted to Sarwada.  His outstanding contributions were to ensure security of the lands of tribals, to free them from debt traps of landlords and moneylenders and to preserve their language and culture. To achieve these objectives, he played an instrumental in getting the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act passed, founded the Catholic Cooperative Credit Society and compiled a 16 Volumes “ENCYCLOPEDIA MUNDARICA”, which he worked on after his repatriation to Germony in 1915 by the British Government.

The Diocese of Ranchi, was created in 1927 being bifurcated from the Archdiocese of Calcutta with Msgr. Louis Van Hoeck s.j. as the first Bishop.  He initiated to work in the area of education of the Tribals and laid the foundations of indigenous clergy, which was further consolidated and expanded by his successor Bishop Oscar Servin s.j.

In 1952 Ranchi was elevated to the status of an Archdiocese with Most Rev. Nicholas Kujur sj., a son of the soil, as its first Archbishop.  In the four decades and half since the Archdiocese was created, there are now 16 Dioceses, Khunti is one of these.

The Diocese of Khunti was created on 12th May 1995 by Pope John Paul II with south- east territory carvad out of the Archdiocese of Ranchi.  Khunti Diocese comprises the whole of Khunti district, Bandgaon parish in West Singhbhum district, Kudda parish in Gumla district, Mahugaon, Bundu and Vijaygiri in Ranchi district.  The catholic population of the Diocese consists mostly of Scheduled Tribes, in particular of the Mundas.  Most Rev. Stephen Tiru, Bishop of Dumka, was transferred to Khunti in 1995 as the first Bishop of the new Diocese. On 30th November 2012 Most Rev. Binay Kandulna, the Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, was appointed as the Bishop of Khunti, who was installed on 12th January 2013 as its second prelate.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Binay KandulnaApostolic Administrator2012-2012
Most Rev. Stephen M TiruBishop1995-2010