Bijnor Eparchy

Bishop Emeritus /Former Bishop or Aux.Bp

Mar John Vadakel, CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Bijnor
Mar Gratian Mundadan CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Bijnor


The ecclesiastical unit of Bijnor was created as an Apostolic Exarchate on 23 March 1972 by the papal bull ?Beatorum Apostolorum? of Pope Paul VI and was entrusted to the Sacred Heart province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate for the work of evangelization and Rev. Fr Gratian Mundadan cmi was appointed the Apostolic Exarch. The Apostolic exarchate of Bijnor was bifurcated from the Eparchy of Meerut. It consists of the civil districts of Bijnor (excluding the?tehsil?of Dhampur), Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi and Chamoli of the then state of Uttar Pradesh. Later the district of Haridwar was created taking parts of Bijnor and Saharanpur and district of Rudraprayag was created by dividing the district of Pauri. In 2000, when the new state of Uttarakhand was created, the districts of Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, and Haridwar became part of the new state.?At present the eparchy of Bijnor consists of a part of the district of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh and districts of Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Tehri, Uttarkashi and a part of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Pope Paul VI raised the apostolic exarchate of Bijnor to an eparchy by the papal bull ?Quae cum Romano? on 26 February 1977 and Apostolic Exarch Gratian Mundadan CMI was appointed as its first Bishop. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI nominated Fr. John Vadakel CMI (Member of St. John?s CMI Province, Bijnor) the second Bishop of Bijnor on 14 August, 2009. He was Ordained and installed Bishop of Bijnor by Bishop Gratian Mundadan CMI at Kotdwar on 22 October, 2009.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron St. Joseph
Date of Erection 23 March 1972
Bishop Mar John vadakel CMI
Date of Birth 17 August 1942
Date of ordination 19 December 1975
Date of Episcopal Ordination 22 October 2009
Email of the Bishop
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's House, P.B No.1, kotdwar

pauri-Garhwai Dt.



+91 1382222231

E-mail of the Eparchy

Protosyncellus Fr.Michael Kanjirathumkunnel
Procurator Fr.Shaju Thekkekra
Chancellor Fr.Jose Alukkal
Statistics ?
Area 33919 Sq. Km
Language Hindi, Garhwalee and Urudu

Total Population


Catholic population 3705
Mission Centers 53
Diocesan Priest 53
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 22
Women Relegious working in the Eparchy 175
Women Relegious House 43
Men Relegious Houses (Priest + Brother) 8
Minor Seminaries 2
High Schools 13
Primary School 10
Kindergartens spacial school or training centre for differently abled 4
Dispensaries 13
Retreate center 1
Hostel 4
orphanages 4
Publications 3


Bishop's House, P. B No 1, Kotdwar, Pauri-Garhwal (Dt), Uttarakhand
Phone : 01382-222231, Per: 01382-222902
Fax      : 01382-222511
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Email      :  Email Address

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