Archdiocese at a Glance

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The Journey that began in 1963 continues with renewed vision in the service of the Lord and his People

Archdiocese at a Glance


The history of the inception, growth and blossoming of the Archdiocese of Bhopal as it is today, is one that is replete with God's boundless mercies, finding expression in their fullness supplemented by dedicated human response and endeavour. On 01 November 1956 when the new state of Madhya Pradesh was erected, looking at the bright prospects of the Central Indian state 13 September 1963 Pope Paul (VI) has splashed in gold in the life sketch of the Archdiocese of Bhopal, as it was on this day, the Archdiocese was created and Most Rev Eugene D' Souza was appointed as its first Archbishop. Most Rev Pascal Topno succeeded Dr Eugene D' Souza in 1994 as the new shepherd and in June 2007 Most Rev Leo Cornelio became the new shepherd of the Archdiocese of Bhopal presently he continues to render his services to the Archdiocese as the Archbishop of Bhopal with much zeal and enthusiasm. Presently the Archdiocese of Bhopal has about 75 diocesan priests, 70 religious priests, 20 religious brothers and 550 religious sisters working in the 26 parishes and 20 mission stations of the Archdiocese of BhopaL .Bhopal Archdiocese as a whole has 2 Colleges, 7 Pastoral Animation Centres, 3 Nursing Colleges, 49 Schools, 13 Hostels, 5 Social Welfare Centers, 5 Hospitals, 5 Dispensaries, 5 Professional Training Centers, 5 Schools for the Physically and Mentally Challenged, 4 Communication Centers, 3 Hospices. Bhopal.