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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Allahabad

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
    13
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    18
  • Nursery Schools:
    4
  • Primary Schools:
    11
  • Professional Colleges:
    3

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boarding houses:
    5
  • Dispensaries:
    11
  • Elderly homes:
    3
  • Homes for battered women and bonded children:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    5
  • Orphanages:
    3

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible:
    In-Charge: Father George Madathikudiyl
  • Catechectics:
    In-Charge: Father Sunil Robert Noronha
  • Children:
    In-Charge: Father Archibald D'Silva
  • Dialogue & Ecumenism, Education:
    In-Charge: Father Baptist Castelino
  • Evangelization:
    In-Charge: Father Amrose De Souza
  • Family:
    In-Charge: Father Rolfile D'Souza
  • Health:
    In-Charge: Father Reynod D'Souza
  • Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Damien Gomes
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Francis
  • Marriage Tribunal:
    In-Charge: Father Sebastian Francis
  • Media & Communication; Vocation & Formation:
    In-Charge: Father Isidore D'Souza
  • PMS & Holy Childhood:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Mascarenhas
  • Priests Welfare:
    In-Charge: Father John Louis D' Souza
  • PRO:
    In-Charge: Father Louis Mascarenhas
  • Religious:
    In-Charge: Father Eugene Mascarenhas
  • Social Welfare:
    In-Charge: Father Deepak D'Souza
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Father Vincent Pereira

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Kanpur Catholic Association

Social Communications

  • Public relations officer:
    Father Louis Mascarenhas
  • Social Communication Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Isidore D'Souza
  • The diocese publishes a quarterly newsletter, Sushi (witness), in English and Hindi.

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