Roman Catholic Diocese of Darjeeling

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Diocese of Darjeeling
Dioecesis Darieelingensis
दार्जिलिंग के सूबा
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Darjeeling.jpg
Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Darjeeling
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Calcutta
Metropolitan Calcutta
Area 10,880 km2 (4,200 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
33,553 (1,4%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Darjeeling
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Stephen Lepcha
Metropolitan Archbishop Thomas D’Souza

The Diocese of Darjeeling is a Latin Roman Catholic suffragan diocese situated in the north east of India, in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Calcutta, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

It includes within its territory the independent (essentially Buddhist) Himalayan state of Bhutan, where Christianity is practiced by a tiny minority and proselytism is forbidden.

The cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Immaculate Conception Cathedral, in Darjeeling, West Bengal state, India.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 37,109 Catholics (2.6% of 1,433,000 total) on 9,521 km² in 54 parishes and 3 missions with 132 priests (82 diocesan, 50 religious), 455 lay religious (121 brothers, 334 sisters) and 40 seminarians.[1].




(all Roman Rite) [1]

Ecclesiastical Superior of Sikkim
Apostolic Prefects of Sikkim
  • Father Jules Elmire Douénel, M.E.P. (see above 1929.02.19 – retired 1931.06.16)
  • Father Aurelio Gianora (1937.05.14 – death 1962)
Suffragan Bishops of Darjeeling
  • Eric Benjamin (born India) (1962.08.08 – death 1994.05.12)
  • Stephen Lepcha (born India) (1997.06.14 – ...).

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Coordinates: 27°02′47″N 88°15′51″E / 27.0464°N 88.2643°E / 27.0464; 88.2643