Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Mangalore 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Karnataka
Patron: St. Joseph
Founded: 1 September 1886
Province: Bangalore
Status: Diocese
Total area: 5,924.26 Sq.km
Total Population : 37,44,513
Catholics Total: 2,67,340
Diocesan Priests: 275
Religious Priests: 132
Religious Sisters: 1489
Minor Seminarians: 54
Major Seminarians: 19

Diocese of Mangalore  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 128Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 01Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 06Religious Formation Houses : 06
Men Religious Houses: 03Women Religious Houses: 158

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 05Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 03
Orphanages : 09Homes for Aged & Destitute : 08
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 05
Crèches: 04Boarding Houses : 16
Counselling Centres : 04De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 02

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 07
Parallel Colleges : 11Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 02
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 11High Schools : 55
Upper Primary Schools: 75Lower Primary Schools:75
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :33Presses & Media Centres : 01


The diocese Mangalore comprises of the civil districts of South Kanara and Udupi in Karnataka, and Kasargod in Kerala. Since the beginning of the sixteenth century Mangalore which formed a part of Kanara passed several times successively under the jurisdiction of Goa, Verapoly and Pondicherry.

On September 27, 1879 Kanara was entrusted by the Holy See to the care of the Jesuit Province of Venice.

With the official proclamation of the establishment of the Indian hierarchy in a Council of the Bishops of Southern India at Bangalore on January 25, 1887, Mangalore (including the present diocese of Calicut) took it's place in the Indian hierarchy as the diocese of Mangalore.

By an Apostolic Brief "Cum Auctus Fidelium Grex" on June 22, 1923 the diocese of Mangalore was divided by separating from it the district of Malabar which forms the present diocese of Calicut. With this division the restricted diocese of Mangalore was entrusted to it's own clergy. By a decree of the Sacred Congregation for Propaganda Fide dated January 12, 1960 the Hosdrug Taluk was detached from this diocese and was attached to the diocese of Calicut.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:3-Dec-1966
Episcopal Ordination:15-May-1996

Tel(P): 096869225100
Email(P): bp.aloysiuspaul@gmail.com
Contact Details
St. Joseph's Seminary, Jeppu, Kankanady P.O., Mangalore - 575 002
Tel(O): 0824-24 40 524
Fax : 0824-24 44 035
Email : bp.aloysiuspaul@gmail.com
Most Rev. Basil S. D’SouzaBishop1965-1996
Most Rev. Raymond D’MelloBishop1959-1964
Most Rev. Basil S. PeresBishop1955-1958
Most Rev. Victor R. FernandesBishop1931-1955
Most Rev. Valerian J. D’SouzaBishop1928-1930
Most Rev. Paul Penni sjBishop1910-1928
Most Rev. Abundius Cavadini sjBishop1895-1910
Most Rev. Maria Pagani sjBishop1887-1895
Most Rev. Nicholas Maria Pagani sj Vicar Apostolic 1878-1886
Most Rev. Mary Epherm of Sacred Heart of Jesus ocdVicar Apostolic 1870-1873
Most Rev. Michael Antony of St. Louis ocdVicar Apostolic 1853-1870
Most Rev. Bernardine of St. Agnes ocdVicar Apostolic 1845-1853