The Diocese Of Belgaum was erected on September 19, 1963 by the Papel Bull ‘Summa illa
Sollicitudo’ of Pope Pius XII, Two civil districts of Belgaum and North Karnataka were separated
from the Archdiocese of Goa and two other Civil Districts of Dharwad and Bijapur were taken
from the Diocese of Pune in forming the Diocese of Belgaum.
The Most Rev.Dr. Michael Rodrigues was appointed the first Bishop.By Papal Bull 'Christi
Missum’ of Pope Paul VI the North Karnataka District was separated from the Belgaum Diocese
to form the Diocese of Karwar on January 24, 1976.
Belgaum Diocese now consists of the civil districts of Belgaum, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Gadag and
Haveri in Karnataka State and the Changad Taluk in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra State.
Patroness of the Diocese: Our Lady Of The Family Rosary of Fatima
Area : 44,216 Sq. Km
Total population :
Langauges: Kannada, Konkani, English
Total No. of Diocesan Priests - 79
Religious Men and Women in the Diocese
Total No. of Congregations - 12 Men & 35 Women
Total No. of Communities - 40 Men & 70 Women
Total No. of Religious Priests - 85
Total No. of Religious Brothers - 12
Total No. of Religious Sisters - 425
B.C . 69, Camp, Belgaum-01, Karnataka, India.