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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.

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    1
  • High Schools:
    17
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    7
  • Lower Primary Schools:
    35
  • Nurseries:
    45
  • Technical Institutes:
    3
  • Technical Training Colleges:
    3
  • Upper Primary Schools:
    21

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Home for the aged
  • Home for the destitute
  • Hospitals & Dispensaries:
    1
  • Hostels for boys:
    4
  • Hostels for girls:
    12
  • Orphanage for boys
  • Orphanages for girls:
    6
  • Palliative Care Centre
  • Social Service Centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Baladeepam:
    In-Charge: Father Thomas Madukammoottil
  • Bible Apostolate :
    In-Charge: Father Chacko Narimattathil
  • Catechism:
    In-Charge: Father Thomas Madukammoottil
  • Communication & Media:
    In-Charge: Father Thomas Madukammoottil
  • Education :
    In-Charge: Father George Vettikattil
  • Family Apostolate :
    In-Charge: Father Mathew Mundakodiyil
  • Higher Education:
    In-Charge: Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
  • Malankara Catholic Association:
    In-Charge: Father John Panachiparambil
  • Malankara Catholic Youth Movement :
    In-Charge: Father Varghese Vellavoor
  • Pontifical Mission Organization:
    In-Charge: Father John Kayathinkal
  • Social Apostolate :
    In-Charge: Father Dr. Varghese Thannickakuzhy

Social Communications

  • Communication & Media:
    In-Charge:Father Thomas Madukammoottil
  • Monthly Publication:
    1
  • Printing press:
    1

ther Church Organizations and Associations

  • Anti-Alcohol Movement:
    Director: Father Thomas Chaprath
  • KCBC (Kerala Catholic Bishops' Conference) Commission for Family:
    Director: Father Mathew Mundakodiyil
  • Kerala Labour Movement:
    In-Charge: Chacko Chelamparambath
  • SC/ST (Scheduled caste/ Scheduled Tribe) Movement:
    Director: Father Varghese Kadakketh
  • Snehabhavan:
    Director: Father Mathew Arambankudiyil
  • St Vincent de Paul Society :
    Director: Father Mathew Kandathil

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