Chanda Eparchy

Bishop Emeritus /Former Bishop or Aux.Bp

Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI
Bishop Emeritus of Chanda

Deceased Bishops

Mar Januarius Palathuruthy CMI
Bishop of Chanda (1977 - 1990)


Pope John XXIII established the first Syro-Malabar Ordinariate of Chanda on 31 March 1962 with Msgr. Januarius Palathuruthy CMI as its first Ecclesiastical Superior with the faculties of Apostolic Exarch. It was carved out from the Archeparchy of Nagpur. The ?Ordinariate? was raised to the status of an Apostolic Exarchate on 29 July 1968 and Msgr Januarius was made its Apostolic Exarch. On 26 February 1977 Pope Paul VI raised it to the status of an Eparchy and Msgr. Januarius was appointed its first bishop. It comprises the civil districts of Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra state and Adilabad in Andra Pradesh. On 3 July 1990 Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI succeeded Bishop Januarius as its second Bishop. On 28 March 1995 Bishop Januarius was called to his eternal rest. The civil district of Adilabad was bifurcated from the Eparchy of Chanda and the new Eparchy of Adilabad was established in 1999.

After the retirement of Mar Vijayanand Nedumpuram, Fr Ephrem Nariculam was appointed the third bishop of Chanda on 31 July 2015 and was consecrated and installed on 24 October 2014.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron St.Thomas, the apostle
Date of Erection 26 February 1977
Bishop Mar vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI
Date of Birth 24 September 1938
Date of ordination 17 May 1967
Date of Episcopal Ordination 03 July 1990
Email of the Bishop
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's home

Ballapur P.O Chandrapur Dt.

M.S 442701, India



242729(O) , 241068 (p)

Fax 07172-242729
E-mail of the Eparchy
syncellus Fr.Joy Puthussery CMI
Procurator Fr. K.D Chacko
Chancellor Fr. K.D Chacko
Statistics ?
Area 32,233Sq. Km
Language Marathi, Hindi and Tribal language

Total Population

Catholic population 12,749
Parishes 5
Mission centers 35
Diocesan Priest 37
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 50
Religious Brothers working in the Eparchy 06
Major seminarians 24
Minor Seminarians 27
Women Relegious working in the Eparchy 382
Women Relegious Houses 72
Men Relegious Houses (Priest + Brother) 12
Minor seminaries 03
High Schools 22
Primary School 10
Dispensaries 14
Kinder gardens 10
spacial school or training center for differently abled 06
Hospitals 05
B ed college 1
Retreate center 02
Orphanages 34
Publications 01
Social services 05
Care home for aged 02
Care home for forsaken 01
Legel aid center 01
ITI and NIOs 01
Tailoring centers 05
Nature care centre 01


Bishop's House, Ballarpur p.o, Chandrapur Dt. Maharashtra
Phone : 07172-240537, Per: 07172-241068
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