History - Towards A Participatory Church

Towards A Participatory Church

That’s the vision of the diocese. The growth of the church is measured by the growth of the Laity. The diocese believes in sharing the responsibilities of the church with the powerful hands of laity. Therefore, the diocese fosters ‘Small Christian Communities’ for better participation and development.

In the beginning of the last decade in our meetings, seminars on various occasions, the diocese spelt out its vision and goal as to make the diocese a communion of communities by building up Small Christian and Human Communities based on Gospel values and to involve all sections of the people of God in planning, decision making and execution of all the projects and apostolate in the diocese in order to make the diocese a self supporting, self-reliant and self propagating community.

We see a four-fold goal to be achieved in the first decade of third millennium.

  1. To make Christian Communities strong in faith, witnessing through life and active in apostolates.
  2. To make the diocese a praying community.
  3. To make the diocese a fully participatory church.
  4. To make parishes and institutions self-supporting and self-reliant.

The Diocese of Sambalpur is a growing church. With committed service of 31 diocesan priests, 75 Religious priests, 220 religious sisters and 60 Full time and 127 part time catechists we wish to achieve the goal. God bless us.

A bird’s eyeview of the diocese of Sambalpur

Parishes : 22
Quasi Parish : 01
Outstations : 193
Catholics : 35, 942
Families : 6, 281
Religious Congregations of Men : 04
Religious Congregations of Sisters : 17
Convents : 26
Diocesan Priests : 25
Major Seminarians for the diocese : 52
Religious Priests : 76
Religious Brothers : 08
Religious Sisters : 220
Full time Catechists : 30
Part time Catechists : 149
Minor Seminaries : 02
Regional Theologate : 01
Novitiate of Religious Sisters : 01