Roman Catholic Diocese of Ajmer

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Diocese of Ajmer
Dioecesis Aimerensis
अजमेर के सूबा
Country  India
Ecclesiastical province Agra
Metropolitan Agra
Area 157,681 km2 (60,881 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
9,320 (0.0%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ajmer
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Pius Thomas D'Souza
Metropolitan Archbishop Albert D'Souza
Emeritus Bishops Ignatius Menezes Bishop Emeritus (1979-2012)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ajmer (Latin: Aimeren(sis)) is a suffragan Latin diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Agra in northwestern India, yet still depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral episcopal see is Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Ajmer, Rajasthan state.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 9,980 Catholics (0.0% of 22,073,000 total) on 146,690 km² in 10 parishes and 25 missions with 60 priests (40 diocesan, 20 religious), 479 lay religious (27 brothers, 452 sisters) and 18 seminarians.


Diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur comprised twenty four districts, namely Ajmer, Alwar, Baran, Barmer, Bikaner, Bundi, Churu, Dausa, Hanumangarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Karauli, Kota, Nagaur, Pali, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Sirohi, Sri Ganganagar and Tonk in the state of Rajasthan. In July, 1890 the Holy See detached a very large portion of the Archdiocese of Agra to form a new unit, the Rajasthan mission entrusting it to the Capuchin Fathers of the Paris Province who were to work under the supervision of the Archbishop. In December, 1891, the new mission became the Prefecture Apostolic of Rajputana and in 1913, the then Prefect Rt. Rev. Fortunatus Henry Caumont O.F.M. Cap. was appointed the first bishop of Ajmer. On 11 March 1935, parts of the diocese which were in the state of Madhya Pradesh were detached to become part of the then newly erected Prefecture Apostolic of Indore.


(Latin Rite)

Ecclesiastical Superior?s of Rajputana
no data available
Apostolic Vicar?s of Rajputana
no data available
Suffragan Bishops of Ajmer
Suffragan Bishop of Ajmer-Jaipur
  • D’Mello (see above May 13, 1955 – retired November 15, 1978), died 1987
Suffragan Bishops of Ajmer
  • Ignatius Menezes (born India) (November 15, 1978 – retired November 3, 2012), later Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Allahabad (India) (2013.01.31 – 2013.10.17)
  • Pius Thomas D'Souza (born India) (November 3, 2012 – ... ), no previous prelature

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wikisource". Retrieved 27 March 2016. 

Sources and external links[edit]

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHull, Ernest (1911). "Rajpootana". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. volume 12. New York: Robert Appleton.  The entry cites:
    • Madras Catholic Directory, 1910;
  • FORTUNAT, Au Pays des Rajas (Paris, 1906).