The diocese of Jagdalpurstretches the BastarDivision of the state of Chhattisgarh which lies in the south eastern part in India; it has an area of 39, 171 sq. Kms. and a population of 3 million. It comprises the civil districts of Bastar,Kanker,Dantwara, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Sukma andNarayanpur, jointly known popularly as Bastar.
In 1972 BastarRegion was entrusted to the CMI missionaries for missionary activities. The pioneer missionaries worked hard to build the church in Bastar. In 1977 the exarchate of Jagdalpur was raised to the status of a diocese and Most Rev.PaulinusJeerakath CMI of happy memory was appointed the first Bishop. With a dream of integral development, Bishop Paulinus led the diocese until he was called to eternal rest in 1990. On March 19, 1993 Mar. Simon Stock Palathra CMI was ordained Bishop and he guided the destinies of the diocese till 2013. From 17 September, 2013 Bishop Joseph Kollamparampil CMI is shepherding the people of Bastar.
Bastar is one of the fastest developingareas of India. The largest chunk of the population in Bastar is tribal. Though Hindi is the common language of the state, the people in the villages speak different dialects. The literacy level is very low. Christians are a tiny minority. The people are very poor and their livelihoodmainly depends on agriculture, fishing, hunting collecting forest produce etc. The tribal culture has its own uniqueness. The people believe in superstitions and natural powers.
In the binging, the diocese had just two mission centres and very few Catholics. But, with the arrival of zealous Priests and Nuns, the diocese became alive with mission activities. The objectives include:
The work of Evangelization is one of the topmost priorities of the diocese. We have a team of evangelization which consists of a director (a Priest), sisters and some lay evangelizers who are trained in various field of evangelization work. Throughout the year they visit different parishes and mission centres of the diocese and conduct many programmes such as: couple's retreat, counselling, Home Mission, Prayer service, Family Counselling, Pre-Marriage course, Parish Retreat, Teacher's Orientation Programme, Catechism Exam. The department also publishes a news letter with different themes according to liturgical season. The last page of the news letter contains the Matrimonial News.
|Area||37171 sq. KMS|
|Total Population||31 Lakhs (3.1 Million)|
|Demographic Profile||Tribal 71%, SC and OBC 18%, General 11%|
|Stations / Centre||77|
|Rel. Congregations (Men)||04|
|Rel. Congregations (Women)||11|
|Hr. Sec. Schools||09|
|B. ED Collage||01|
|Social Welfare Centres||07|
|Centres for Differently Abled||03|
|Old Age Homes||03|
|Interreligious Dialogue Centre||01|