Bhadravathi Eparchy

Mar Joseph Arumachadath, MCBS
Bishop of Bhadravathi


The diocese of Bhadravathi was erected, as per the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church and with the Assent of the Holy See, through the decree (Prot. No. 673/2007) of the Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil on 21 August 2007 bifurcating the diocese of Mananthavady and assigning the civil district of Shimoga in Karnataka State as the territory of the new diocese and Mar Joseph Arumachadath, mcbs was appointed as its first bishop.? After having obtained the consent of the Synod and the Assent of the Holy See, the same Major Archbishop has further decreed on 18 January 2010 (Prot. No. 63/2010) the transfer of the civil district of Chickmagalur belonging to the diocese of Mananthavady, to the diocese of Bhadravathi and thus extending the territory of the diocese of Bhadravathi to include also the civil district of Chickmagalur in Karnataka state. The territory of the diocese of Bhadravathi thus includes two civil districts of?Karnataka?State?viz., Shimoga and Chikmagalur.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron St. Joseph and St. Alphonsa
Date of Erection 21 August 2007
Bishop Mar Joseph Arumachadath
Date of Birth 10 April 1960
Date of ordination 7 May 1988
Date of Episcopal Ordination 25 October 2007
Email of the Bishop


Fax. 08182-256549
E-mail of the Diocese
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's House

St.Joseph's Church

Sagar road, Shimoga-577204

Karnataka, India

Procurator Fr.Francis Allumpurath, o. praem
Chancellor Fr.Francis Allumpurath, o. praem
Area 15666 Sq. Km
Language Kannada, Malayalam, and English

Total Population


27, 94, 392
Catholic population 9, 213
Parishes 24
Fillial Churches 10
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 31
Major seminarians 6
Minor Seminarians 6
Women Relegious working in the Eparchy 108
Women Relegious Houses 26
Men Relegious Houses (Priest + Brother) 10
High Schools 3
Primary School 3
Dispensaries 1
Old age Home 1
orphanages 3
Publications 1


Bishop's House,
Diocese of Bhadravathi, Sagar Road,
Phone : 08182-255923, 256549, Mob: 09480544440
Fax      : 08182-256549
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