Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Raiganj 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Bengal
Patron: St. Joseph the Worker
Founded: 8 June 1978
Province: Calcutta
Status: Diocese
Total area: 8920 sq.km
Total Population : 7, 261,145
Catholics Total: 85,000
Diocesan Priests: 99
Religious Priests: 29
Religious Sisters: 216
Minor Seminarians: 26
Major Seminarians: 31

Diocese of Raiganj  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 33Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 02
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 04
Men Religious Houses: 01Women Religious Houses: 39

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 19
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 63
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 05High Schools : 05
Upper Primary Schools: 01Lower Primary Schools:45
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :01Presses & Media Centres : 0


The Diocese of Raiganj was erected by Pope Paul VI by the Apostolic Bull "Ut Petrus et Pastor" dated June 8, 1978. The diocese was formed by detaching from the Diocese of Dumka, the district of West Dinajpur and Malda. The West Dinajpur district has been further subdivided into two Districts: North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur. The diocese lies completely in the State of West Bengal.

In 1952 a part of West Dinajpur and Malda were cut off from the Diocese of Dinajpur (now in Bangladesh) and the Prefecture of Malda was erected under the care of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign missionaries of Milan (PIME). But in 1962, when the Diocese of Dumka was erected, the Prefecture of Malda was suppressed and the area was fused with Dumka diocese. Now the area of the former Malda Prefecture plus the Islampur subdivision of former West Dinajpur has become the Diocese of Raiganj.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Leo TiggaBishop1978-1986