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Syro Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chanda

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Metropolitan  Nagpur
Rite  East Syrian Rite
Area  32,233 km²
Patron saint  Thomas the Apostle
Parish  6
Parishes  6
Pope  Francis
Country  India
Established  26 February 1977
Denomination  Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Cathedral  Cathedral of St Thomas the Apostle in Ballarpur
Ecclesiastical province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagpur
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2009); 3,764,000; 14,757 (0.4%)

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chanda is an eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) of the East Syrian Rite Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, yet suffragan of the Latin Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagpur.


Its cathedral episcopal see is St. Thomas Cathedral, in Ballarpur, in India's Maharashtra state.


  • It was created on 29 July 1968 as Apostolic Exarchate of Chanda, a pre-diocesan Eastern Catholic missionary jurisdiction, on then Latin territories, split off from its present Metropolitan, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagpur, and from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amravati.
  • Promoted as Eparchy of Chanda on 26 February 1977 by the Bull Nostra Ipsorum of Pope Paul VI, promoting its Exarch to become the first Eparch (bishop).
  • Lost territory on 23 June 1999 to establish the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Adilabad (a suffragan of the Latin Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad)
  • Ordinaries

    Apostolic Exarch of Chanda
  • Januarius Paul Palathuruthy, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) ( July 1968 – 26 February 1977 see below)
  • Suffragan Eparchs (Bishops) of Chanda
  • Januarius Palathuruthy, C.M.I. ('see above 26 February 1977 – retired 1990.04.20)
  • Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram, C.M.I. (1990.04.20 – retired 2014.07.31), previously Prior General of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (1985 – 1990.04.20)
  • Mar Ephrem Nariculam (2014.07.31 – ...), of the Syro-Malabar Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, previously Chaplain of the Syro-Malabar Community in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Coordinator of Priestly Formation at a Seminary and as a Lecturer in Theology in the city.
  • References

    Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chanda Wikipedia

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