Dioceses of India
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Diocese of Kumbakonam

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Rite: Latin
Region : Tamil Nadu
Patron: Our Lady of Assumption
Founded: 1 September 1899
Province: Pondicherry-Cuddalore
Status: Diocese
Total area: 7823 sq.kms
Total Population : 5,044,798
Catholics Total: 214,115
Diocesan Priests: 135
Religious Priests: 49
Religious Sisters: 453
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Kumbakonam at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 88Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 10
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 10Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 13
Orphanages : 09Homes for Aged & Destitute : 04
Schools for Physically Challenged: 03Homes for Physically Challenged : 03
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 03HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 07Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 04
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 18High Schools : 17
Upper Primary Schools: 15Lower Primary Schools:58
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :02Presses & Media Centres : 02


The diocese of Kumbakonam was bifurcated from the archdiocese of Pondicherry and was erected on 1st of September 1899 by the apostolic letter of Pope Leo XIII. It is prestigious to note that the first two bishops were the M.E.P. missionaries. Rt.Rev.Msgr.Hugo M.BOTTERO led the diocese from 1899 to 1913 and Rt.Rev.Msgr.Marie Augustine CHAPUIS from 1913 to 1930. After a year of able guidance by Msgr. M.A. Xavier as its Apostolic Administrator, Rt.Rev. Msgr. Peter Francis became the first indigenous bishop in 1931 and was followed by Rt.Rev.Msgr. D. Paul Arulsamy in 1955. In his tenure of 33 years (1955-88), the diocese witnessed the liturgical and theological renewal of the Second Vatican Council. At his resignation in 1988, Msgr. Antony David as its diocesan administrator led the diocese. The fifth bishop, Rt.Rev. Msgr. Peter Remigius was ordained bishop on 3rd January 1990. Under his able leadership and vast experience both at the national and international level, he has widened up its horizon towards the integral development of people.

The diocese is situated in 12 civil taluks from 5 districts of Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Perambalur, Thiruvarur and a small portion of South Arcot; it covers 7823 sq.kms. Among the total population of 50,44,798, the Catholics form 4.66 %, Muslims 4.24 %, Hindus 91% and others 0.10 %.

The diocese of Kumbakonam has a catholic population of 1,98,048 in 75 parishes and 525 substations grouped under 6 vicariates. The 124 diocesan priests are committed to the diocese with common aims and united efforts with their bishop and brother-priests. About 30 Religious Priests, 17 Religious Brothers and 453 religious Sisters cooperate with the diocesan bishop and priests in the apostolate and exercise their charism in the diocese.

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Former Bishops

Right Rev. Nazarene SoosaiBishop1990-2007
Most Rev. D. Paul ArulswamyBishop1955-1988
Most Rev. Peter FrancisBishop1931-1955
Most Rev. M.A. XavierApostolic Administrator1930-1931
Most Rev. Marie Augustine ChapuisBishop1913-1930
Most Rev. Hugo M. BotteroBishop1899-1913
Most Rev. Hugo M. Bottero Bishop1899-1913