Rajkot Eparchy

Mar Jose Chittooparambil
Bishop of Rajkot

Bishop Emeritus /Former Bishop or Aux.Bp

Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Rajkot

Deceased Bishops

Mar Jonas Thaliath CMI
Bishop of Rajkot (1977 - 1981)


The Diocese of Rajkot lies at the northwestern most part of India. It comprises 7 districts of the Gujarat state, together popularly known as Saurashtra and Kutch. On February 25, 1977, Pope Paul VI erected the new Diocese of Rajkot, separating it from the Diocese of Ahemdabad. CMI fathers were working in these areas of the mission since 1972. The entire mission was handed over to the Sacred Heart Province, Kalamassery. Mar Jonas Thaliath CMI was appointed the first Bishop of Rajkot in 1977. After a few years of his service Bp. Jonas was called to his eternal rest in 1981. After him Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI was appointed the second bishop of Rajkot Diocese in 1983. Bishop Gregory Karotemprel CMI served the Diocese till 2010. On September 11, 2010 Mar Jose Chittoparambil CMI was appointed the third Bishop of the eparchy.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron Sacred Heart of Jesuse
Date of Erection 25 February 1977
Bishop Mar Jose Chittoparambil CMi
Date of Birth 10 december 1954
Date of ordination 08 May 1985
Date of Episcopal Ordination 11 september 2010
Email of the Bishop ccjosecmi@gmail.com
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's house,

P B No. 1501

kalawad road

Rajkot 360 005, Gujarat


(0281) 2563891, 2563004, 2563427


(0281) 2563427 / 2563889 personal

E-mail of the Diocese bishoprajkot@safy.com


Protosyncellus Fr.Jacob Marangattu CMI
Procurator Fr.Joseph stanly Madickankal
Chancellor Fr.Josy Kalathil
Statistics ?
Area 109, 950 sq km
Language Gujarati
Total Population 15 million
Catholic population 13,000
Mission centres 44
Parishes 14
Semi Parishes 22
Diocesan Priest 29
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 85
Major seminarians 14
Minor Seminarians 22
Women Relegious working in the Eparchy 484
Women Relegious Houses 105
Men Relegious Houses (Priest + Brother) 28
Minor seminaries 2
High Schools 20
Primary school 06
Special school for training centers differently abled 04
Hospitals 03
Dispensaries 32
Communication Center 01
Hostels 04
Publications 04


Shanti Nivas, Bishop's House
P.B. No. 1, Kalawad Road,
Rajkot, Gujarat.
Phone : 0281-2563415, 2563004, 2563203, 2563891, 2563889
Fax      : 0281-2563427
Web    : www.rajkotdiocese.org
Email      :  Email Address

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