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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 Chingleput

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly:
    7
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    35
  • Orphanages:
    23
  • Socio-economic centers, training centers:
    28

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Service & Research Foundation of Asia on Family & Culture (SERFAC), an institution focusing on the development of the family in Asia:
    Sister Catherine Bernard,Post Box. No. 18, Manimangalam, Varadharajapuram via
    Chennai - 600 048.
    Phone: (91) 44-2276 1328

Social Communications

  • Communication Commission:
    Father J. Periyanayagam
    Email: [email protected]
  • Diocesan website:
    www.chengaidiocese.org
  • Monthly magazine (English and Tamil ):
    Malaiarul (grace from the hill)

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Middle School:
    12
  • Post-secondary Students:
    24
  • Primary School:
    46
  • Secondary School:
    29

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Address:
    Pastoral Center, School Street, Chingleput - 603101, India
    Phone: (91) 44-2742 2449
  • Basic Christian Communities Commission:
    Father S. George Stephen
  • Christian Life Commission:
    Father P. John Bosco
  • Communication Commission:
    Father J. Perianayagam
  • Dialogue & Ecumenism:
    Father A. Alexis Manohar
  • Diocesan College of Consultors
  • Diocesan Curia
  • Diocesan Finance Committee
  • Diocesan Formation Council
  • Diocesan Laity Council
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • Diocesan Pastoral Team
  • Diocesan Priests
  • Diocesan Project Committee
  • Diocesan Tribunal
  • Education Commission:
    Father P. Patrick
  • Evangelization Commission:
    Father A. Martin Joseph
  • Family Commission:
    Father G. Thomas Premkumar
  • Health Commission:
    Father Desmond Daniels
  • Labor Commission:
    Father S. Augustine Devadoss
  • Laity Commission:
    Mr. M. Amalanathan
  • Night School Commission:
    Father R. Lucas
  • Other Diocesan organizations
  • Political Commission:
    Father B. John Suresh
  • Property Commission:
    Father J. Thomas Mundackal
  • SC/ST/BC Commission:
    Father A. Arockiaraj
  • Vocation Commission:
    Father R. S. Gabriel
  • Women:
    Mrs. Lilly Mary
  • Youth Commission:
    Father P. Esthakiyus

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Justice & Legal Cell Commission:
    Father G. Kanikairaj

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