Dioceses of India
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Archdiocese of Raipur

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Rite: Latin
Region : Chhattisgarh
Patron: Mary Queen of Apostles
Founded: 16 January 1964
Province: Raipur
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 60,814 Sq.km
Total Population : 22,055,579
Catholics Total: 32,987
Diocesan Priests: 91
Religious Priests: 62
Religious Sisters: 381
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Archdiocese of Raipur at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 65Retreat Centres: 03
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 09
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 07Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 36
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 04
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 06
Social Centres : 02HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 02
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 06
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 31High Schools : 07
Upper Primary Schools: 07Lower Primary Schools:21
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :03Presses & Media Centres : 02


Raipur was established as a Prefecture by the Papal Bull "Religio Vera Christique Salus" of Pope Paul VI on January 16, 1964, with territory taken from the Archdiocese of Nagpur, comprising the Districts of Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg, all in Madhya Pradesh. It was entrusted to the Southern German Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) which sent the first group of their priests in 1951.

On July 28, 1964 the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith placed the Prefecture as suffragan to the Archdiocese of Bhopal. The same Congregation by its decree of June 16, 1966 detached the District of Bastar (M.P) from the Diocese of Vishakapatnam (A.P) and attached it to the Prefecture with effect from August 15, 1966. On March 23, 1972 Bastar District was separated from Raipur Prefecture and established as an Exarchate (later Diocese of Jagdalpur) entrusted to the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

Raipur was erected into a diocese on July 5, 1973 and Msgr John Weidner, sac, was nominated Apostolic Administrator on February 8, 1974. Since 1975, the diocese comprises the Districts of Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg and Rajnandgaon.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel
Archbishop Emeritus of Raipur
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:15-May-1975
Episcopal Ordination:7-Feb-1993

Tel(P): 09425210345
Email(P): abjaseva@gmail.com
Contact Details
Seva Niketan, Cherikheri, Mandir Hasaud-492001 Raipur Dt. (Chhattisgarh)
Tel(O): 0771-24 23 995
Fax : 40 52 429
Email : achbp_rpr@rediffmail.com
Most Rev. Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel Bishop1993-2004