Priests in The Diocese
History of Jhansi Diocese
Jhansi diocese is in the northern India's state of Uttar Pradesh. It has an area of 29,418 square kilometers, with seven civil districts: Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, and Mahoba. There are 12,832 Catholics, representing 0.046 percent of 82, 32,071 people in the territory. Followers of other religions are Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The diocese has 24 parishes and mission stations. Most of the Catholics are migrants and are railway employees with very few locals, who live in the towns. People in the diocese speak Hindi, Urdu, Bhundelkhandi and English. The Region then belonging to the Allahabad diocese, was detached in 1929 and was entrusted to the Maltese Province Capuchins, who were working in Allahabad diocese. Though the area was declared a prefecture on Jan. 12, 1940, it remained without its prefect due to World War II. On Jan. 21, 1946, Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap was appointed its Prefect Apostolic. On July 5, 1954 the Prefecture was raised to be a diocese by appointing the Prefect Apostolic Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap as its first bishop. Msgr Baptist Mudartha was appointed its auxiliary bishop in 1963. He succeeded Msgr Fenech as its first Indian bishop in August 1967. Bishop Baptist Mudartha was Transferred to Allahabad in 1977. Bishop Frederick D'Sousa was ordained Bishop on 25-04-1977 and he assumed the charge of the Diocese as the third Bishop. On Feb. 10, 1999, the civil districts of Bhind, Datia, Gwalior, Morena, Shivpuri and Sheopur, belonging to the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh state, were detached from Jhansi diocese, to form the diocese of Gwalior. Church activities Besides pastoral care of the Catholics, the church is involved in the ministries of education and social welfare activities. Through Sadbhavana Samiti (Ecumenical Forum), the Church is trying to bring all religious people together.

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the Vatican Information Service (VIS) bulletin of the Holy See Press Office stated that Pope Benedict XVI has "accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Jhansi (India) presented by Bishop Frederick D'Souza in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and appointed Bishop of Jhansi (India) Rev. Peter Parapullil, the Vicar General of the same diocese. The Rev. Peter Parapullil was born December 2, 1949 at Perumanoor, Archdiocese of Verapoly, Kerala. He completed his studies in philosophy at the seminary of Alwaye, Kerala, and then moved to St. Joseph's Seminary in Allahabad. He holds a BA and an MA in English Literature at the University of Bundelkhand, and a Diploma in Social and Religious Communication at the Gregorian University in Rome, attending a short seminar on the same subject to the CREC Avex in Lyon, France. He obtained a BA in Education from the Annamalai University. He was ordained a priest on 29 February 1976 in the parish of Gwalior, in the Diocese of Jhansi. After ordination he held the following positions: 1976-1978: assistant at the Pakdilpur Mission; 1978-1979: assistant priest at St. John, Lashkar; 1979-1981: Assistant Priest at Christ the King Church; 1981-1982: Rector of the Apostolic School; 1982-1992: Procurator and Rector of the Shrine of St. Jude, Jhansi; 1992-1993: Studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, residing at the Pontifical North American College; 1993-1999: Director of Social Work; 1994-1998: Member of Caritas India; 1998-1999: Director of Communications Sector; 1999-2005: Secretary of the Bishop, Director of Pastoral Care and Archivist of the Curia, 2003: Vice President of Uttar Pradesh Utaranchal of SIGNIS India. Since 2005, he is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Jhansi. From 2006 to 2012, he was also pastor of the Cathedral of Jhansi in 2012 and is also Dean of Christ the King College, Jhansi.