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We are a portion of God's people, forming a particular Church-One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ assembled by the call of the Bishop.
Diocese of Aurangabad with God's grace and guidance of the Bishop will fulfill the prophetic, priestly and servant role of Christ, and thereby establish the Kingdom of God.
A Brief History of the Diocese of Aurangabad. The Diocese of Aurangabad was erected by the Decree 'Qui Arcano' (No.1139/78 ) dated December 1977, comprising of eight civil districts. The area comprising the civil Districts of Aurangabad, Jalna, Hingoli, Nanded and Parbhani were drawn from the Diocese of Amravati. Latur, Beed and Osmanabad from the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. This entire region constitutes the Political Unit of the Maharashtra State called the Marathwada. Rt. Rev.Dominic Abreo was consecrated on 9th April 1978 as its first Bishop. He shepherded the Diocese till his demise on 1st May 1987. After the death of Bishop Dominic Abreo, Msgr. Ignatius D' Cunha was elected as the Administrator on 3rd May 1987. Later, the Holy See, on 22nd February 1989, appointed him as the second Bishop of Aurangabad and he was consecrated on 3rd April 1989. On his resignation on 20th January 1998, due to ill health, Rev. Fr. Paul George was elected as the Administrator of the Diocese. On 5th March 1999, Most Rev. Sylvester Monteiro, the then Auxiliary Bishop of Nagpur, was appointed to the See of Aurangabad and was installed on 25th March 1999. After serving the Diocese for 6 years, Bishop Sylvester died on 14th August 2005. Rev. Fr. Paul George was again elected as the Administrator. The Bishop of Amravati Diocese, Most Rev. Edwin Colaco was transferred to Aurangabad Diocese on 20.10.2006 and he was installed as the Bishop of Aurangabad Diocese 08.12.2006. On 13.05.2015, The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Msgr. Edwin Colaco from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Aurangabad and appointed Fr. Ambrose Rebello as the new Bishop of Aurangabad diocese. Msgr.Ambrose Rebello was ordained as Bishop on 28/8/2015.
Marathwada region, being the most backward region of the State of Maharashtra, the spiritual, educational and socio -economic growth of the people, especially of the marginalized was a matter of great concern for the Diocese. The poverty, illiteracy and injustice meted to the catholics belonging to scheduled caste community was of utmost concern to the Church in Aurangabad. Primarily, spiritual growth of the people was given greater importance by the first Bishop, Most Rev. Dominic Abreo. Therefore, to enable the people to grow in Christian faith and sacramental life the Bishop established new Parishes, Mission Stations and Mass Centres in various villages, with good number of Catholic population. The Diocese now has 25 Parishes, Mission stations, 29 Sub-Stations and 44 Mass Centres.