The diocese of Sivagangai, Tamilnadu is situated in the south of India. Our diocese is situated in the southeast corner of Tamil Nadu State and falls in the rain shadow region.
The Diocese of Sivagangai was bifurcated from the Madurai Archdiocese on 30 August 1987 by Pope John Paul II. There are 82 parishes, grouped into 5 vicariates. There are 734 mission centers, 155 diocesan priests, 60 religious priests, 34 religious brothers, and 438 religious nuns. The terrain of this diocese is quite barren as there are no rivers or mountains. It is perennially drought-prone and backward in development coupled with the fact that groundwater is scarce and salty. It also lacks proper transport facilities.

Hindus are the majority in this region, more than 83 %, and Muslims and Christians are the minority. Muslims are 10.46% and Christians are 6.19 %. There are 180 thousand Catholics in my diocese, 80% living in villages in less than standard living conditions. Priests along with catechists go to the rural areas to visit the sick and celebrate the Holy mass. The Catechism classes are conducted for the children in the evenings. Besides the usual ministries like Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, Sodality of Mary, and Altar Servers, it is noteworthy and unique that in the diocese of Sivagangai, there are 1250 voluntary Lay Evangelizers. They are actively engaged in direct re-evangelization.

Part of our pastoral care, we have taken initiatives to coordinate already existing health care providing catholic hospitals, dispensaries, primary health care providing centers, homes, and schools for special children and homes for the aged. The literacy rate in my diocese is about 40%, much lower than that in the State; school dropouts among the poor are increasing. Therefore, providing education, healthcare, and safe living conditions to the children, and assuring them a better future, has been the top priority of the diocese. There are 106 Primary Schools, 30 Middle schools, 43 high schools, and 7 University Colleges to help the education of poor children in rural areas. We work hard to maintain 30 children’s homes and orphanages, provide them with a safe environment and healthy food, and promote holistic education. Since good private schools are not affordable to poor Catholic families, the diocese builds good schools with student homes and orphanages and creates opportunities for a healthy future for our children.

We have also special homes like 3 centers for the mentally challenged, 4 aged homes, and 2 homes for handicapped children. They are operating with 100% of support from the benefactors. The diocese felt the need for upgrading the education of the poor from primary school to high school and currently, we have more than 8670 students residing in our orphanages.

The Sivagangai Diocese has been actively involved in serving the underprivileged and marginalized communities in our region, particularly in the areas of education and welfare. Our schools and orphanages have been striving to provide a nurturing environment for the young minds and hearts entrusted to our care. However, we face significant challenges, especially in terms of basic infrastructure. One of the most pressing needs is the lack of proper sanitation facilities in many of our schools. This absence of adequate bathrooms and toilets not only hampers the students’ well-being but also affects their access to quality education. We firmly believe that ensuring proper hygiene and sanitation is crucial for the overall growth and development of these children. Furthermore, we are eager to enhance the learning experience of our students by building additional classrooms. This will enable us to accommodate more children and offer them a conducive environment for learning and personal growth. The availability of well-structured classrooms will undoubtedly contribute to their academic progress and overall quality of life.

I acknowledge and appreciate your generosity because you never grow tired of helping the poorest of the poor. Please become partners with us, in our common Catholic mission for the Kingdom of God, among orphan children, and suffering people. I strongly believe in the word of God which says, “…whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me!” (Mt 25:40). Thank you very much for your generosity. May God bless us all!

You can support the Diocese of Sivagangai #1881 through your prayers and monetary donation by making a check payable to THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 3424 Wilshire Blvd 3rd Fl., Los Angeles CA 90010, memo #1881. You may also donate online by clicking the donate button. When making an online donation, reference #1881 in the Memo box. Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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