Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Sagar

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Madhya Pradesh
Patron: Little Flower
Founded: 26 February 1977
Province: Bhopal
Status: Diocese
Total area: 39,020 km2
Total Population : 4,538,500
Catholics Total: 7,225
Diocesan Priests: 56
Religious Priests: 18
Religious Sisters: 267
Minor Seminarians: 20
Major Seminarians: 13

Diocese of Sagar at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 41Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 06
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 55

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 03
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 01
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 01
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 17
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 17HIV / AIDS Centre: 01

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 03
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 19High Schools : 03
Upper Primary Schools: 07Lower Primary Schools:01
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :01Presses & Media Centres : 0


The Diocese of Sagar was first canonically erected on July 29, 1968 as Apostolic Exarchate, by the decree "Quo Aptius" which detached the civil districts of Sagar, Raisen, and Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh from the Archdiocese of Bhopal. It was then entrusted to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

By another decree "De Bono Animarum" on April 2, 1973, the civil district of Guna in Madhya Pradesh which formerly belonged to the Diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur, was attached to the then Exarchate by the Sacred Congregation for Oriental Churches.

On February 26, 1977 by the Papal Bull "Divina Verba" of Pope Paul VI, the Exarchate of Sagar was raised to a Diocese and Msgr Clemens Thottungal was appointed its First Bishop.

On his retirement Bp Joseph Pastor Neelankavil, cmi, was appointed the second bishop of Sagar by the Papal Bull "Resonant Saepenumero". He was ordained and installed Bishop on February 22, 1987.


Former Bishops

Right Rev. Anthony Chirayath
Bishop Emeritus of Sagar
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:2-Jan-1970
Episcopal Ordination:25-Mar-2006

Tel(P): 09826895006
Email(P):  chirayathanthony@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, P. B.32 Sagar Cantt. - 470 001 (Madhya Pradesh)
Tel(O): 07582-22 26 33
Fax : 22 21 75
Email : sagardiocese@yahoo.com (O)
Most Rev. Most Rev. Joseph Pastor Neelankavil
Bishop Emeritus of Sagar
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:17-May-1960
Episcopal Ordination:22-Feb-1987

Tel(P): 0487-2387235
Email(P): neelankavilb@gmail.com
Contact Details
Sagar Mission Home.,
Kuttur P.O - 680 013.
Attoore Road, Trichur
Tel(O): 07582-22 26 33
Fax : 22 21 75
Email : sagardiocese@yahoo.com (O)
Most Rev. Clemens Thottungal, C.M.IBishop1968-1987