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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 Chikmagalur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergartens:
    25
  • Kindergartens-Students :
    2,048
  • Primary and Elementary Schools:
    34
  • Primary and Elementary Schools-Students:
    13,742
  • Secondary Schools and Pre-University colleges:
    26
  • Secondary Schools and Pre-University colleges-Students:
    7,507
  • Total Schools:
    85

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers for victims of violence and trafficking
  • Dispensaries/ health centers:
    8
  • Homes for the elderly, disabled:
    27
  • Hospitals:
    4
  • Hostels:
    16
  • Marriage counseling and family life center
  • Nursery
  • Orphanage/child welfare center

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible:
    Father Paul D'Souza & Father Rajendra R
  • Catechetics:
    Father Moses M. J. & Father Joseph Madtha
  • Diocesan Commissions Co-ordinator :
    Msgr. George D'Souza
  • Education:
    Father Agnel Fernandes & Sr. Geraldine
  • Family:
    Father Felix Thomas Rosario & Father Paul Machado
  • Health and Pro-Life :
    Sr. Augusta & Sr. Irene
  • Inter-Religious Dialogue & Ecumenism :
    Father Joe Mary Lobo & Father Anthony Raj C
  • Justice, Peace & Development :
    Father Peter Brank & Sr. Maria
  • Labour:
    Fathere Gilbert Pinto & Mr. Naveen J. Pinto
  • Laity :
    Father Balaraju & Sr. Florine
  • Liturgy :
    Father Anthony Raj A. & Father David Anthonappa
  • Pontifical Mission Societies :
    Ronald Cardoza
  • Proclamation & Evangelization :
    Father George Andrade & Father Lancy Pinto
  • Small Christian Communities :
    Father Shantaraj R. & Father Marcel Pinto
  • Social Communications :
    Father Patrick J. Rao & Father Vijay Kumar M
  • Society of the Holy Childhood :
    Fredric D'Souza
  • Vocations & Formation :
    Father David Prakash M. F & Father Charles Pereira
  • Women:
    Sr. Gabriel Mary & Mrs. Molly Pinto
  • Youth:
    Father Vincent D'Souza & Sr. Susheela

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal :
    Father Elias Sequeira
  • Catholic Enquiry Centre :
    Father Thomas Martis
  • Chikmagalur Multipurpose Social Service Society (CMSSS- SevaSamasthe)
  • Prison Ministry :
    Mr. Pradeep Rebello

Social Communications

  • Diocesan Monthly Publication:
    Snehajyothi(Kannada)
    Editor: Father David Prakash M.F

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