Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Meerut 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Agra
Province: Agra
Status: Diocese
Total area: 28,337 Sq. Kms.
Total Population : 2,95,20,400
Catholics Total: 28,875
Diocesan Priests: 66
Religious Priests: 51
Religious Sisters: 627
Minor Seminarians: 11
Major Seminarians: 18

Diocese of Meerut  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 120Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 03Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 17Women Religious Houses: 97

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 13Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 14
Orphanages : 02Homes for Aged & Destitute : 05
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 04
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 16
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 04HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 02Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 03
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 36High Schools : 35
Upper Primary Schools: 17Lower Primary Schools:17
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :48Presses & Media Centres : 01


By the Apostolic Bull "Quandoquidem Christus" of February 20, 1956, the present civil district of Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Dehra Dun, Rampur, Moradabad, Bijnor, Garhwal, Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Ghaziabad, and Haridwar in west (U.P) were detached from the Archdiocese of Agra and formed into the Diocese of Meerut.

In May 1972, the new Diocese of Bijnor was formed the districts of Bijnor (excluding Dhampur Tehsil), Garhwal, Tehri, Uttarkashi and Chamoli, taken from Meerut Diocese.

The boundaries of Meerut Diocese are: north -Diocese of Bijnor: south-Agra Archdiocese; east-Lucknow and Bareilly dioceses west-Delhi Archdiocese and Simla-Chandigarh Diocese.

The Church of Our Lady of graces, Sardhana, was raised to the dignity of a minor Basilica by Pope John XIII on December, 13, 1961.

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Former Bishops

Right Rev. Oswald Lewis Coadjutor1998-2005
Most Rev. Joseph B. Evangelisti ofm capBishop1956-1973