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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

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

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Diocese of Ambikapur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Pose-secondary School:
    18
  • Pose-secondary School Students:
    6506
  • Pre-primary:
    76
  • Pre-primary Students:
    4091
  • Primary School:
    55
  • Primary School Students:
    11299
  • Secondary School:
    48
  • Secondary School Students:
    5880

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    39
  • Homes for the disabled:
    1
  • Hospitals:
    1
  • Training centers:
    1
  • Youth hostels:
    70, with 6,315 students

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • All India Catholic Union Federation (AICUF):
    Father Anuranjan Kerketta, SJ
  • Balwadi (Nursery Classes):
    Sister Irene SJL, c/o Bishop's House, Phone: (91) 7774-230973; (91) 7774-230612
  • Catechetical Department:
    Father Rajendra Kerketta and Sister Neelam Xess, c/o. Bishop's house
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS):
    Father Deonis Xaxa, c/o Bishop's House
    Phone: (91) 7774-230004
  • Catholic Sabha:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Crusbir (children:
    Father Peter Xess
  • Director of schools:
    Father Tobias Tigga, c/o Bishop's house;
  • Finance:
    Father Pascal Tirkey, c/o Bishop's House
  • Holy Childhood & Vocations:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Land and properties:
    Father Xavier Ekka, c/o Bishop's house
  • Liturgy:
    Father Rajendran Kerketta
  • Mahila Sangh (Women:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Marriage Tribunal, Legal Matters and Historian:
    Father Theodore Lakra, c/o Bishop's house;
  • Pastoral Council
  • Pastoral Council:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Raigarh-Ambikapur Health Association:
    Sister Jacintha Tirkey, DSA , c/o. Bishop's House
  • Social Welfare Department:
    Father William Urray, c/o Bishop's House
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (91) 7774-230612; mobile: (91) 9425254493
  • Women Development (Grihni):
    Sister Florentia DSA, c/o. Bishop's House
  • Youth:
    Father Solomon Tirkey

Social Communications

  • Diocesan Newsletter:
    Ambika News

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