Prior to the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan, the territory of the present Diocese of Jalandhar was under the jurisdiction of Lahore Diocese, now in Pakistan. This Diocese was looked after by the Belgian Capuchin missionaries. After the partition, the areas of Lahore Diocese that were in India were brought together and constituted as the Prefecture Apostolic of Jullundur and was entrusted to the care of the British Capuchins, with Msgr. Alban Swarbrick OFMCap., as the Apostolic Prefect, in 1952. They nurtured the growth and development of this prefecture for two decades. Then it was raised to the status of a diocese and was entrusted to the Capuchins of the IndianProvince with Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFM Cap. as its first Bishop. They further developed the area and handed over the developed areas to the Diocese. Bishop Symphorian, after dynamically leading the Diocese for 35 years, retired in April 2007.
At present the Capuchins exercise their ministry in the civil districts of Jullundur, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Chamba and have eleven Priests and one Brother in this mission besides Bishop Symphorian Keeprath, the Bishop Emeritus. They have five monasteries namely: Alverna Friary, Dalhousie; St. Francis Friary, Batala; St. Francis Friary, Kartarpur and San Thome Friary, Kalanur, St. Joseph’s Friary, Bharariwal, Amritsar, St. Fidelis Friary, Mastkot.