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Diocese of Agartala Diocese of TURA Diocese of Nongstoin

The Diocese of Agartala which comprises the entire state of Tripura was bifurcated from the erstwhile Diocese of Silchar. The Diocese has 13 parishes and a Catholic population of 18,000 in a total of 3.1 million people. The Diocese of Agartala is dedicated to Christ the Light of the World with St. Francis Xavier as the patron and its motto being LEAD US ONWARD.

The total population of Tripura may be broadly classified into non-tribal and tribal. The tribal communities form 30.95% of the population classified into 19 Scheduled Tribes, of which Tripuri is the largest in number. Other major tribes are Jamatia, Halam , Reang, Noatia, Chakma, Mog , Lushai, and Kukki. Bangla (Bengali) and Kokborok (Tripuri language) are the State languages.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Lumen Monteiro
Youth Director: Fr. Remol Marak SBD

Tura was made a diocese on April 7, 1973, by detaching territories from the Archdiocese of Shillong - Guwahati. It covers an area of 8167 sq.kms and its Population is 730,000 out of which 191,632 are Catholics. The diocese comprises East and West Garo Hills districts and the part of Goalpara district south of Brahmaputra River. Languages spoken are Garo, Rabha, Assamese, Khasi, Bengali and English.

Tura is a city and a municipality in West Garo Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. One of the largest towns in Meghalaya, Tura is a valley located at the foothills of the Tura Hills and right below the Tura Peak. The climate in Tura is moderate throughout the year and has a large number of interesting and unexplored areas.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Andrew R. Marak
Youth Director: Fr.Jacquish B. Sangma

Nongstoin is the headquarters of West Khasi Hills district in the state of Meghalaya in India. Nongstoin lies about 93 km from Shillong. Nongstoin in Meghalaya is famous for a very unique stone which has natural embroidery colour in itself. The stone is found only here.

The first saw mill of Meghalaya was established here and hence it became the capital of log works, which was later banned by the honourable Supreme Court of India. In January 2006, Pope Benedict XVI erected a diocese in Nongstoin, covering the West Khasi Hills district.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Victor Lyngdoh
Youth Director: Fr. John Albert
Diocese of Dibrugarh Diocese of Diphu Diocese of Miao

The Diocese of Dibrugarh was carved out from the Diocese of Shillong on July 12, 1951 with Rt. Rev. Orestes Marengo, sdb, as its First Bishop. The Diocese of Dibrugarh now comprises of the five civil districts of Assam, namely, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Golaghat. According to the 2001 census it has a total populationof53,29,982 out of which 1,20,000 are Catholics. Assamese, Hindi, English, Sadri, Uraon, Mundari, Kharia, Boro Kachari, Mishing, Nepali, Bengali and Garo are the languages spoken.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Joseph Aind
Youth Director: Fr. Ruben Dungdung

The diocese was erected on December 5, 1983, detaching the district of Karbi Anglong of Assam from the Archdiocese of Shillong- Guwahati and the district of North Kachar Hills from the Diocese of Silchar.

Its Total population is 750,000 and the Catholics number around 44,218. Karbi, Garo, Tiwa, Khasi, Hindi, Sadri, Uraon, Cachari, Dimasha, Assamese and Bengali are the languages spoken.

Bishop: Rt. RPU. Paul Mattekatt
Youth Director: Fr. Saji Lukose

The diocese of Miao, bifurcated from Dibrugarh on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 has an area of 43,955 sq. kms., with the total population of 473,120.

As of today, the Catholic population of East Arunachal is 70,000(approx) with 12 mission stations. It covers 6 districts namely Tirap, Changlang, Anjaw, Lohit, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. George Palliparampil SDB
Youth Director: Fr. Felix Anthony
Lady Animator: Sr. Philisita Kujur MSMHC
Diocese of IMPHAL Diocese of Guwahati Diocese of Shillong

The Archdiocese of Imphal covers the entire State of Manipur which is bounded by Nagaland in the North, Mizoram in the South, Upper Myanmar in the East and Cachar district of Assam in the West. Total populationis2.3 millions and the Catholics are around 80,000. Over 35 languages are spoken and among them the main ones are Anal, English, Manipuri, Hmar, Mao, Maram, Mayon, Mizo, Monsang, Maring, Paite, Poumai, Rongmei, Tangkhul, Thadou and Zou. In the heart of the town and surrounded by a moat, are ruins of the old Palace of Kangla. Until 2003, the grounds used to be occupied by the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force. Another place of historical interest is the Polo Ground which is the oldest existing polo ground in the world. Near the Polo Ground is the Manipur State Museum, which has a good collection of old artifacts and nice pictures depicting the history of Manipur. 'Ima Keithel' at Khwairamband Bazar is the only market in the world where, as the name suggests, all the stalls are run by women.

Bishop: Most Rev. Dominic Lumen
Youth Director: Fr.Athew Mathew

The Diocese of Guwahati was erected on August 16, 1992 carved out from the Diocese of Shillong, Tura and Tezpur.

With a general population of 6.5 million spread out in an area of 18,588.2 sq. km covering five civil districts of Assam: Nagaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Nalbari and Goalpara, Guwahati diocese has the care of a vast number of tribes and communities like the Assamese, Rabhas, Garos, Karbis, Tiwas, Hajongs, Adibasis, Santals, Bodos, and Nepalese. Assamese, Rabha, Garo, Karbi, Tiwa, Hindi, Bodo, Santali, Sadri and English are the languages spoken.

Guwahati is a major city in eastern India, often considered as the gateway to the North-East Region of the country and is the largest city within the region.

Bishop: Most Rev. John Moolachira SDB
Youth Director: Sr.Christina Sangma
Youth President: Cicilia Sangma

In 1934, the Diocese of Shillong was erected and Bp Louis Mathias, sdb, was appointed as its First Bishop. Following his transfer to Madras, Bishop Stephen Ferrando, sdb, of Krishnagar diocese was transferred to Shillong as its second bishop in 1935.

Shillong Archdiocese, comprises the following districts of Meghalaya: East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi. Languages spoken are Khasi, Pnar, Hindi, English, Assamese, Garo, Karbi, Tiwa and Nepali. Christianity is the dominant religion in the city.

A sizeable proportion of the population follow the original Khasi religion. Other religions found in India are also represented in significant numbers in the city.

Bishop: Most Rev. Dominic Jala S.D.B.
Youth Director: Fr.Jameris Shylla
Diocese of Bongaigaon Diocese of Tezpur Diocese of Kohima

The Diocese of Bongaigaon is carved out of the Archdiocese of Guwahati consisting of Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Dhubri Districts of lower Assam that covers the surface area of 13,630 sq, km. with an over all population of 5.2 million of which 61,024 (1.2%) are catholics.

Catholic population is mainly tribals with the Bodos forming the single largest group. Santhals, Adivasis, Garos and Rabhas are the other major groups. General population comprises of Koch and Koch Rajbanshies, the Assamese and Bengalis. Dhubri and Barpeta districts have Muslim majority. Assamese, Bodo, Rabha, Santhali, Garo, Oraon, Mundari, Khadia, Hindi and English are the languages spoken.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Thomas Pulloppillil
Youth Director: Fr. Wilson Paul

Tezpur is a city and a municipal board in Sonitpur in the Indian state of Assam. It is an ancient town on the banks of the river Brahmaputra and is the largest of the north bank towns.

It is also the administrative headquarters of the Sonitpur district of Assam.

The Diocese of Tezpur comprises the Civil Districts of Darrang, Sonitpur, North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji on the North bank of the Brahmaputra; Rupahihat, Kaliabor and Samuguri subdivisions of Nagoan district on the Southern bank of Brahmaputra. Mundas, Kharia, Orang, Santhali, Assamese, Boro, Garo, Rabha, Tiwas, Karbis, Nishis etc. are the language spoken.

Bishop: Rt. Rev.Michael Akasius Toppo
Youth Director: Fr. Sebastian Topno

Kohima is the hilly capital of India's north eastern border state of Nagaland which shares its borders with Burma.It lies in Kohima District and is also one of the three Nagaland towns with Municipal council status along with Dimapur and Mokokchung. The Diocese named after the capital of the State covers an area of 16579sq.kms. Its total Population is 19,88,636 andamong those the Catholics number around 48,196.

Languages spoken are English, Nagamese and about 18 major tribal dialects.There are 16 principal tribes. Collectively they are known as Naga Tribes. They have numerous linguistic and dialectical variations which are different from one another.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Jose Mukala
Youth Director: Fr.Sojam Xavier
Lady Animator: Sr. Irene Lotha FCC
Youth President: Kebin Angami
DYP: Teisovi Gerard Meyase
Diocese of ITANAGAR Diocese of Jowai Diocese of Aizawl
The diocese of Itanagar is in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the North East. It was erected on December 7, 2005 and has an Areaof 52,283 sq. kms. Total population is 670.973, while the Catholic population is 80.914.It comprises of 10 districts of the state namely Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kamay, West Siang, East Siang, and Upper Siang. Languages spoken are Adi, Aka, Apatani, Digaru, Hill Miri, Idu, Khampti, Miji, Mishing, Mishmi, Monpa, Nyishi, Nocte, Sherdukpen, Singpho, Tagin, Tangsa, Wancho etc.
Bishop: Rt. Rev. John Thomas Kattrukudiyil
Youth Director: Fr.Clement Quadhas SVD

Jowai is the headquarters of Jaintia Hills district in the state of Meghalaya in India. It is the home of the Pnar Tribes.

It is a very scenic place which is located on top of a plateau which is surrounded on three sides by the Myntdu river. Situated at an altitude of 1500 m above sea level. It also serves as a business and education hub of the entire district. It has schools, colleges and hospitals and other amenities for a town.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Thomas Menam Perampil
Youth Director: Fr. Crescent R Laloo
DYP: Salan Bar Kumar

The Diocese of Aizawl comprises of the districts of Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj ( Barak Valley) of Assam State and the entire State of Mizoram.

Mizo, Bengali, Khasi, Hindi and English are the languages spoken. Its total Population is 39,72,965, Christians are 8,19,550 and among those there are 29,794 Catholics.

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Stephen Rotluanga
Youth Director: Fr.James Zodinliana Pautu