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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 Berhampur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    26
  • Homes for elderly:
    6
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Orphanages:
    3

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics & Bible :
    Father Simon Elavuthingal
  • Communications:
    Father Ashok Kumar Nayak
  • Developmental Works:
    Father Marshal Mihir Upasi
  • Ecuminism & Dialogue:
    Father Paul Manickathan
  • Education :
    Bimal Chandra Nayak
  • Family & Laity :
    Father Mathew Singh, CM
  • Health :
    Sr. Tresa Kolathupadavil, SABS
  • Holy Childhood :
    Father Thomas Parayil
  • Liturgy :
    Father Sanjeeb Nayak
  • Proclamation :
    Father Chittaranjan Senapati
  • Scheduled Caste & Backward Class:
    Father Vijaya Kumar Nayak, CM
  • Seminarians:
    Father Marshal Mihir Upasi
  • Vocation :
    Father Robindra Swal Singh
  • Women:
    Sr. Rashmi, DC
  • Youth:
    Father Ajit Kumar Nayak

Social Communications

  • Monthly Magazine :
    Divya Prabha (Divine Light)in the Oriya language
  • Social Communication Commission:
    Father Ashok Kumar Nayak

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Schools in Berhampur diocese:
    34

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Children of Mary Association
  • Holy Childhood
  • Mother Association
  • Pontifical Mission Aid Societies
  • Society of Faith Formation
  • St Vincent De Paul Society
  • Women's Desk

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