• Profile of Indore Diocese

    The original territory of Indore Mission was covering a geographical area of 1, 10,000 sq.kms, comprising 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh. The Mission territory was formed by extracting some portions from the Dioceses of Ajmer, Allahabad and Nagpur in 1931, and was officially assigned to the Society of the Divine Word. Fr. Peter Janser was appointed the superior of the Mission, and Fr. Leo Krezeminski arrived in Indore on November 04, 1932. The Mission was elevated to a Prefecture Apostolic in 1935 and Msgr.Peter Janser was appointed the first Prefect Apostolic. On May 15th 1952 it was raised to the status of a Diocese and Msgr.Francis Simons SVD was appointed as the first Bishop of Indore Diocese. In 1964 the districts of Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Raisen and Sehore were separated and the Arch Diocese of Bhopal was created. In the same way in 1968 the districts of Ujjain, Shajapur and Rajgarh were separated from Indore Diocese and the new Diocese of Ujjain was established. In February 1977 the Diocese of Khandwa was erected by separating the districts of Khandwa and Khargone. Again in March 2002 the new Diocese of Jhabua was established by separating the Districts of Jhabua, Ratlam, Mandsour and some parts of Neemuch and Dhar districts from the Diocese of Indore. Presently the diocese covers three districts namely Indore, Dewas and Dhar.

  • Profile of IDSSS

    IDSSS entered into social development programs from 1980. We started with awareness programs on social issues among the rural/slum community. Gradually the program continued with community empowerment activities such as formation of community based organizations (CBOs), Village Action Team (VAT), Village Development Committees (VDC) Self Help Groups (SHGs), youth groups, and farmers groups. Problems related to poverty, health, education, economic needs, and income generation activities were discussed in the group meetings to raise awareness level of people. It was followed by trainings on capacity development of local people and CBOs for decision making, planning and program implementation. Support for formal and non-formal education of poor children was also given priority. Gradually the efforts started bearing fruits through the participation of people in various community activities and qualitative changes were noticed in their thinking, attitude and outlook towards the life and problems of the community. With the support of government social welfare schemes and subsidies, large number of poor people in rural and slum localities are getting the benefit to improve the quality of their lives. Indore Diocese Social Service Society (IDSSS) is a legally constituted entity, mandated to initiate holistic community development programs in the entire Diocese, covering 210 villages and 40 slums in the districts of Indore, Dhar and Dewas. The programs are facilitated by the help of Fathers, Sisters and Animators working at the grass root level. Food, shelter, clothes and employment are the basic problems of almost 40% of our people living in remote rural areas and slums of the cities. In order to address some of these social, economic and human concerns of the deprived and poor people, in our operational area, IDSSS has taken several steps to ameliorate the problems through sensitization of the community on socio-cultural, economic and livelihood issues of people. It also collaborates, associates and builds strong mutually beneficial networks with like-minded Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Government Agencies for accessing resources for the community development activities. The participatory functioning of IDSSS is guided by its vision and mission based on gospel values, under the guidance of the Governing Body, the President and the Project Monitoring Committee.