Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore

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Diocese of Mangalore
Dioecesis Mangalorensis
मंगलौर के सूबा
Our Lady of Rosary of Mangalore
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
Country India
Territory Karnataka
Ecclesiastical province Bangalore
Metropolitan Bangalore
Area 5,924 km2 (2,287 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
267,343 (9%)
Parishes 112
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1 September 1886
Cathedral Our Lady of Rosary of Mangalore
Patron saint Saint Joseph
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza
Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard Moras
Dean Fr. John Baptist Crasta
Diocese of Mangalore map
Map highlighting districts falling under the Mangalore Diocese
Milagres church in Hampankatta, Mangalore

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore (Latin: Diocesis Mangalorensis) is a diocese located in the city of Mangalore in the Ecclesiastical province of Bangalore in India. The diocese falls on the southwestern coast of India. At present, it comprises the whole civil districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka state. This region was collectively referred as South Canara during the British Raj and the early post-independence era, prior to the States Reorganisation Act in 1956. It was established as a separate Apostolic Vicariate from the Apostolic Vicariate of Verapoly in 1853 and was promoted to a diocese on 1 September 1886.

On Monday, July 16, 2012, it lost territory when Pope Benedict XVI erected the new Roman Catholic Diocese of Udupi (made up of the three civil districts of Udupi, Karkala, and Kundapura), which will also become part of the Province of Bangalore.[1]

Bishops of the Diocese of Mangalore[edit]


  • Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza (8 November 1996 – present)
  • Bishop Basil Salvadore D’Souza (22 March 1965 – 5 September 1996)
  • Bishop Raymond D’Mello (5 February 1959 – 21 April 1964)
  • Bishop Basil Salvador Theodore Peres (4 January 1956 – 24 April 1958)
  • Bishop Victor Rosario Fernandes (16 May 1931 – 4 January 1956)
  • Bishop Valerian Joseph D'Souza (1928 – 14 August 1930)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (Apostolic Administrator 1923 – 1928)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (17 August 1910 – 12 June 1923)
  • Bishop Abbondio Cavadini, S.J. (26 November 1895 – 26 March 1910)

Vicar Apostolics of Mangalore (Latin Rite)[edit]

  • Bishop Ephrem-Edouard-Lucien-Théoponte Garrelon, O.C.D. (3 June 1870 – 11 April 1873)



Below are the Deaneries of Mangalore Diocese[2]

  • Bantwal Varado
  • Moodbidri Varado (Central Varado)
  • Central Varado (Cordel)
  • Puttur Varado (Eastern Varado)
  • Episcopal City Varado (Rosario Cathedral)
  • Belthangady Varado (Mangalore East Varado)
  • Kinnigoli Varado (Mangalore North Varado)
  • Mudipu Varado (Mangalore South Varado)
  • Pezar Varado
  • Bela Varado (Southern Varado)
  • St. John Paul II - New Varado


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See also[edit]

Coordinates: 12°51′22″N 74°50′11″E / 12.8562°N 74.8363°E / 12.8562; 74.8363