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Diocese of Jhansi

Bishop Peter Parapullil

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  • Date of Birth : 1949-12-02
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Jhansi gets new bishop
India (Uttar Pradesh): Fr. Peter Parapullil takes over as the bishop of Jhansi.
November 2, 2012, 8:54 AM

Short History of Jhansi Diocese

Group: : Latin-rite
Phone : +91 510 2471391/ 2471329
Address : Bishop's House,
64, Cantonment,
Jhansi - 284001, Uttar Pradesh, India
Website : www.stjudeshrinejhansi.com

Jhansi diocese is in the northern India's state of Uttar Pradesh.

It has an area of 29,418 square kilometers, with seven civil districts: Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, and Mahoba.

Important cities in the diocese are: Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur

Population
There are 3,832 Catholics, representing 0.046 percent of 82, 32,071 people in the territory. Followers of other religions are Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

The diocese has 21 parishes and mission stations.

Most of the Catholics are migrants and are railway employees, who live in the towns. Rural convert Catholics are very few.

Economy
Most of the people in the region belong to the middle class, backward community and they are farmers. They cultivate wheat, paddy, gram and groundnut.

Language
People in the diocese speak Hindi, Urdu, Bhundelkhandi and English.

Attractions
Jhansi has a historical fort, which is a tourist attraction. Chitrakoot is another famous tourist centre. The fair at Hamirpur attracts lots of people. It also has a famous Orcha temple.

 
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Brief History

The diocesan territory, then belonging to the Allahabad diocese, was detached in 1929 and was entrusted to the Maltese Province Capuchins, who were working in Allahabad diocese.

Though the area was declared a prefecture on Jan. 12, 1940, it remained without its prefect due to World War II. On Jan. 21, 1946, Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap was appointed its Prefect Apostolic.

On July 5, 1954 the Prefecture was raised to be a diocese by appointing the Prefect Apostolic Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap as its first bishop.

Msgr Baptist Mudartha was appointed its auxiliary bishop in 1963. He succeeded Msgr Fenech as its first Indian bishop in August 1967.

On Feb. 10, 1999, the civil districts of Bhind, Datia, Gwalior, Morena, Shivpuri and Sheopur, belonging to the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh state, were detached from Jhansi diocese, to form the diocese of Gwalior.

The former prelates were:

  • Bishop Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap (1954 - Retired in 1967)
  • Bishop Baptist Mudartha (1967 - Transferred to Allahabad in 1977)

    Church activities
    Besides pastoral care of the Catholics, the church is involved in the ministries of education and social welfare activities.

    Through Sadbhavana Samiti (Ecumenical Forum), the Church is trying to bring all religious people together.

    Since the Church is not involved in aggressive conversion but in welfare activities, there is not any communal clash between the Church and other communities.

    Veneration
    The patron saint of the diocese is St. Jude Thaddeus.

    Jhansi city has a famous shrine dedicated to St. Jude Thaddeus, visited by many people, even from other religions and sects from many parts of north India, especially around the feast day, Oct 28. It was built in 1947 by its first Capuchin Bishop Francis Xavier Fenech in response to the favours received from him. It is alleged to be the first shrine dedicated to this apostle of Jesus in the South East Asia. Missioners of the diocese continue to spread devotion to him. Many diocesan institutions, persons and even places are named after the saint.
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    STATISTICS

    Name Type
    Schools 26
    Catholic Population 4,065
    Parishes 21
    Diocesan Priests 46
    Religious Priests 1
    Total Priests 47
    Religious Sisters 149
    Religious Brothers 9
    Ecclesiastical Institutions 5
    Professional Colleges 1
    Orphanages 4
    Hospitals 9
    Publications 2

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