Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Sivagangai 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Tamil Nadu
Patron: St. John de Britto
Founded: 3 July 1987
Province: Madurai
Status: Diocese
Total area: 8,353.2 Sq Kms
Total Population : 2,502,340
Catholics Total: 1, 87,304
Diocesan Priests: 153
Religious Priests: 54
Religious Sisters: 408
Minor Seminarians: 03
Major Seminarians: 28

Diocese of Sivagangai  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 76Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 03
Men Religious Houses: 29Women Religious Houses: 89

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 09
Orphanages : 33Homes for Aged & Destitute : 04
Schools for Physically Challenged: 04Homes for Physically Challenged : 01
Crèches: 14Boarding Houses : 09
Counselling Centres : 01De-addiction Centre: 02
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 01

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 04
Parallel Colleges : 03Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 03
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 19High Schools : 18
Upper Primary Schools: 35Lower Primary Schools:75
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 0


Pope John Paul II by the Bull dated July 3, 1987 decreed the erection of the Diocese of Sivagangai. The new Diocese of Sivagangai was bifurcated from the Madurai Archdiocese. Bp S. Edward Francis was the First Bishop of the New Diocese.

The territory of the Diocese of Sivagangai comprises the two civil districts of Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai. It has fifty-seven Parishes.

The foundation for the marvellous growth of the new Diocese of Sivagangai would be the labours and martyrdom of our patron saint, St. John de Britto, who was put to death at Oriyur on February 4,1693.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. J. Susaimanickam
Bishop Emeritus of Sivagangai
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:27-Jan-1971
Episcopal Ordination:15-May-2005

Tel(P): 7867010404
Email(P): bishopsusaimanickam@gmail.com
Contact Details
St. Benedict’s Monastery Arul Nagar, Karungalakudi, Cholapuram - 630557 Sivagangai Dt. (Tamilnadu)
Tel(O): 04575-24 17 44
Fax : 24 29 54