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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 Dharmapuri

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
    1
  • Centers, hostels for youth:
    6
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    14
  • Orphanages:
    13
  • Socio-economic centers:
    6

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities:
    Convener: Father Adiruben Nolase R.
  • Bible:
    Convener: Father Adiruben Nolase R.
  • Catechesis:
    Convener: Father Adiruben Nolase R.
  • Charismatic Movement:
    Convener: Father P. Xavier
  • Dialogue & Ecumenism:
    Convener: Father J. Arockisamy
  • Evangelization & Pious Association:
    Convener: Father A. Madalaimuthu
  • Family Women:
    Convener: Father S. Maria Joseph
  • Labor:
    Convener: Father S. Christopher
  • Laity:
    Convener: Father A. Susairaj
  • Liturgy:
    Convener: Father A. Arockia Savariappan
  • Manager of Schools:
    Convener: Father A. Joseph
  • Social Communication:
    Convener: Father Adiruben Nolase R.
  • Social Service & Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Castes:
    Convener: Father S. Maria Joseph
  • Vocation:
    Convener: Father D. Devasagayam
  • Youth:
    Convener: Father Samson Raja SDB

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Altar Servers Association
  • Catholic Association
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Holy Childhood
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Madhar Sangam
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • Diocese publishes a monthly newsletter, Dharmapuri Diocese News Letter (DDNL)
  • Father Adiruben Nolase is in charge of the social communications center called Kalai Aruvi (Stream of Arts) which is also the pastoral center.

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Primary:
    22
  • Primary - Students:
    16,976
  • Post Secondary:
    6
  • Post Secondary - Students:
    6,917
  • Pre-primary:
    12
  • Pre-primary - Students:
    4,307
  • Secondary:
    10
  • Secondary -Students:
    13,000

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