Diocese of

Simla and Chandigarh

India India

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Continent: South and East Asia

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Simla and Chandigarh (English) / Simlen(sis) et Chandigarhen(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Delhi

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Saint Joseph, St. Michael

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Present Prelates

Bishop (2009.02.10 – ...):Bishop Ignatius Loyola Ivan Mascarenhas (74)Bishop Ignatius Loyola Ivan Mascarenhas (74)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Simla and Chandigarh (Roman Rite)

Bishop Ignatius Loyola Ivan Mascarenhas (74)Bishop Ignatius Loyola Ivan Mascarenhas (74)
(2009.02.10 – ...)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India)

Justice, Love, Humility

Born:1949.06.03 (Delhi, India)
Ordained Priest:1977.12.17
Consecrated Bishop:2009.04.03

Priest of Delhi (India) (1977.12.17 – 2009.02.10)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India) (2009.02.10 – ...)

Bishop Gerald John Mathias (70)Bishop Gerald John Mathias (70)
(1999.12.22 – 2007.11.08)

Bishop of Lucknow (India)

Towards new society

Born:1953.09.20 (Kallianpur, India)
Ordained Priest:1979.04.22
Consecrated Bishop:2000.04.09

Priest of Lucknow (India) (1979.04.22 – 1999.12.22)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India) (1999.12.22 – 2007.11.08)

Bishop of Lucknow (India) (2007.11.08 – ...)

Bishop Gilbert Blaize Rego
(1971.03.11 – 1999.11.10)

Born:1921.09.03 (India)
Ordained Priest:1953.12.05
Consecrated Bishop:1971.09.11
Died:2012.06.21 († 90)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India) (1971.03.11 – 1999.11.10)

Bishop Alfred Fernández
(1967.04.13 – 1970.06.25)

Born:1915.09.08 (India)
Ordained Priest:1942.12.20
Consecrated Bishop:1967.06.29
Died:1983.01.27 († 67)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India) (1967.04.13 – 1970.06.25)

Bishop of Allahabad (India) (1970.06.25 – 1975.12.15)

Archbishop Joseph Alexander Fernandes
(Apostolic Administrator 1966 – 1967.04.13)

Bishop John Burke
(1964.05.12 – 1966.08.03)

Born:1896.03.13 (Ireland)
Ordained Priest:1921.06.21
Consecrated Bishop:1959.11.01
Died:1970.07.24 († 74)

Apostolic Administrator of Delhi and Simla (India) (1950 – 1951.04.12)

Bishop of Simla (India) (1959.06.04 – 1964.05.12)

Bishop of Simla and Chandigarh (India) (1964.05.12 – 1966.08.03)

Titular Bishop of Bononia (1966.08.03 – 1970.07.24)

Bishops of Simla (Roman Rite)

Bishop John Burke
(1959.06.04 – 1964.05.12)

(see above)

Special Churches

Jalandhar (←), Jammu–Srinagar (↖), Kangding 康定 (→), Bijnor (↘), Delhi (↓), Jaipur (↓), Meerut (↓)

Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 83,560 km²

Population: 22,814 Catholics (0.1% of 22,184,650 total)

Pastoral Centres: 62 parishes

Personnel: 148 priests (60 diocesan, 88 religious), 507 religious (98 brothers, 409 sisters), 14 seminarians

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Last updated on 2024.05.15

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