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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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Diocese of Chanda

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Junior College - Students:
    384
  • Junior Colleges:
    5
  • Pre-Primary School - Students:
    9300
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    35
  • Primary School - Students:
    15290
  • Primary Schools:
    32
  • Secondary School - Students:
    193500
  • Secondary Schools:
    29

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Balbhavans:
    22
  • Dispensaries:
    8
  • Family Apostolate center:
    1
  • Grihini home economics school:
    2
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals:
    4
  • Hostels for boys:
    2
  • Hostels for girls:
    2
  • Schools for the mentally disabled:
    2
  • Schools for the physically disabled:
    2
  • Short-stay home for unwed mothers:
    1
  • Social work centers:
    5
  • Tailoring training centers:
    4
  • Typewriting training center

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catholic Nurses Guild:
    Advisor: Father Thomas Punchayil
  • Catholic Religious of India (CRI) Chanda unit:
    President: Fr. Suresh Madapattu CMF
  • Commission for Health:
    Co-ordinator: Sr. Seena DM
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council:
    Secretary: Fr. Jobin Ovelil
  • Education Commission:
    Director: Fr. Robert Nicholas
  • Presbyteral council:
    Secretary: Father Joshy Vazhapilly, CMI
  • Public Relations Officers:
    Fr. Dinesh Mate, Fr. Binoy Chekonthayil CMI, Fr. Subin Kallampalli
  • Vocation Promoter:
    Fr. Bibin Vincent
  • Women:
    Sr. Yajna CMC

Social Communications

  • Diocesan Newsletter:
    Chanda Samachar (bimonthly)
    Editor: Fr. Vigil Parassery
    Mobile Phone: (91) 09545641645

    Chanda Jyothi (Bi Annual)
    Editor: Fr. Anoop Aerimattathil
  • Media Center:
    Director: Fr. Vincent Pangola
    Address: Bishop's Home, Ballarpur P. O, Chandrapur Dt,
    Maharashtra, India
  • Social Communications Director:
    Fr. Jobin Ovelil
    Address: Loksamgraha Social Service Society, BTS Plot,
    Ballarpur P. O, Chandrapur Dt, Maharashtra, India

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