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.