Roman Catholic Diocese of Karaganda

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Karaganda is a Latin diocese of the Catholic Church, suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Mary Most Holy in Astana, yet remains subject to the missionary Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.[1]

Diocese of Karaganda

Dioecesis Karagandansis

Карагандинская епархия
Qaraǵandy qalasynyń eparhiyasy
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Country Kazakhstan
Ecclesiastical provinceMaria Santissima in Astana
MetropolitanMaria Santissima in Astana
Area711,300 km2 (274,600 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
31,300 (0.9%)
ParishesKaraganda: St. Joseph Parish
Karaganda: Maria Mother of the Church Parish
Abaj: Annunciation of the Lord Parish
Temirtau: St. Andrew Parish
Balkhash: St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Zhezkazgan: Transfiguration of our Lord Parish
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established13 April 1991
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, Karaganda
Current leadership
BishopAdelio Dell’Oro
Metropolitan ArchbishopTomasz Peta
Auxiliary BishopsYevgeniy Zinkovskiy
Bishops emeritusJan Paul Lenga
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Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan.[2][3] The city also had the former Cathedral of St. Joseph.


Established on 1991.04.13 as Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan, on vast territory (most of ex-Soviet Turkestan) split off from the Diocese of Vladivostok.

Lost territories repeatedly :

Promoted on 1999.07.07 as Diocese of Karaganda, losing territory to establish Apostolic Administration of Astana, Apostolic Administration of Almaty and Apostolic Administration of Atyrau.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 8,340 Catholics (0.2% of 3,640,000 total) on 711,208 km² in 19 parishes and 2 missions with 19 priests (15 diocesan, 4 religious) and 38 lay religious (4 brothers, 34 sisters).

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Administrator of Kazakhstan
Suffragan Bishops of Karaganda

Auxiliary BishopsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Епархия Караганды". Католическая Церковь (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  2. ^ Diocese of Karaganda Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine at Union of Catholic Asian News
  3. ^ Catholic World Report: "In the land of the Gulag, a statement of faith in the future - A new cathedral in Kazakhstan has been dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima" by Joanna Bogle September 14, 2012

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Coordinates: 49°46′52″N 73°08′04″E / 49.7811°N 73.1345°E / 49.7811; 73.1345