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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 Dumka

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Hostels for youth- Students :
    7,364 (girls)
  • Clinics and dispensaries which provide medical services:
    28
  • Grihni schools:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    3
  • Hostels for youth (Girls):
    41
  • Hostels for youth (boys):
    41
  • Hostels for youth- Students :
    8,900(boys)
  • Socio-economic centers, family apostolate:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • "Sade Marsal":
    In-Charge: Social Development Centre
  • Communication & Media:
    In-Charge: Charles Hansdak
  • Diocesan Animator of Lay Associations :
    In-Charge: Father Charles Soren
  • Diocesan Chaplain of Mahila Sangh:
    In-Charge: Father Maria Louis Joseph
  • Diocesan Director of Education:
    In-Charge: Father Abesh Kisku (Phone: 9905707462)
  • Diocesan Faith Formation Team:
    In-Charge: Father Albinus Murmu
  • Diocesan Youth Coordinator:
    In-Charge: Father Marcel Jetta Hembrom
  • Director/Coordinator of Catechists:
    In-Charge: Father Jerry Moses
  • Dudhani:
    Address: P.O. & Dist. Dumka, Jharkhand, India - 814 101; Phone: 9430168182
  • Eucharistic Crusade:
    In-Charge: Father Christopher Hembrom
  • Health Ministry:
    In-Charge: Sr. Ammulya Nag, OSU
  • Small Christian Communities:
    In-Charge: Father Albinus Soren
  • Social Development Centre & Vocational Training:
    In-Charge: Father Emmanuel Murmu
  • Women's Desk:
    In-Charge: Sr. Pancrasia SCCG

Social Communications

  • Newsletters:
    Vianni Vani (Newsletter of Dumka Diocese)
    Ganak Sutam - (Newsletter of women's Self Help Group)
  • Newspapers, newsletters, magazines:
    Katic Preritkp - (Soldiers of God) (A Santali monthly magazine)
    Marsal Tabon - (A Santali monthly magazine)
  • Social communications office :
    In-Charge: Father Emmanuel Murmu
    Address: c/o Social Development Centre
    Dudhani, P.O. & Dist. Dumka, Jharkhand - 814 101, India
    Phone: +91 6434 222583

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools:
    43
  • Post-secondary Schools - Students:
    28,133
  • Primary Schools:
    43
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    28,133
  • Village/ Balwadi Schools:
    59
  • Village/ Balwadi Schools - Students:
    2,168
  • Secondary Schools:
    19
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    6,677

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