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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 Gumla

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    1
  • Colleges - Students:
    1235
  • Middle schools (with primary school):
    43
  • Middle schools (with primary school) - Students:
    17125
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    61
  • Pre-Primary Schools - Students:
    2675
  • Primary Schools:
    126
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    8934
  • Secondary Schools:
    30
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    20213
  • Training Schools (Computer):
    2
  • Training Schools (Computer) - Students:
    251
  • Vocational training (Women Development Center):
    3
  • Vocational training (Women Development Center) - Students:
    77

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Clinics and dispensaries:
    29 (56,366 people were assisted in the year 2009)
  • Hospitals:
    3 (25,321 people were assisted in the year 2009)
  • Hostel for boys:
    9
  • Hostel for girls:
    9
  • Organizations for Social Welfare Activities:
    Director: Father Peter Paul Van Nuffel, SJ Address: Arouse, Sisai Road,
    Gumla P.O. and Dt. - 835207, India

    Director: Father Marck De Brouwer, SJ, Address: Gram Uthan Kendra, Gumla P.O. and Dt. - 835207, India, Phone: +91 6524 223765
  • Orphanages:
    4 (No. of children/students: 110)
  • Youth Centers:
    Director: Father Ignatius Minj, Address: Diocesan Youth Center, Gumla, India

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
  • Catechetical Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
  • Commission for Education:
    In-Charge: Father John Albert Bara
  • Commission for Faith Formation:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
  • Commission for Formation of Seminarians:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Commission for Land and Legal Matters:
    In-Charge: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
  • Commission for Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Xavier Ekka
  • Commission for Mother Child Health Care:
    In-Charge: Sr. Felisitas Aind, dsa
  • Commission for Pontifical Mission Organizations:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Commission for Social Communication:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
  • Commission for Vocations:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Commission for Youth Apostolate:
    In-Charge: Father Ignatius Minj
  • Diocesan Priest:
    In-Charge: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
  • Ecumenism:
    In-Charge: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
  • Eucharistic Crusade:
    In-Charge: Father Kishore Kindo
  • Family Comission:
    In-Charge: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
  • Holy Childhood:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Pontifical Societies:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Propagation of Faith:
    In-Charge: Father Ajit Kumar Ekka
  • Social Works:
    In-Charge: Father Marck De Brouwer, SJ

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Sabha (Catholic association):
    Spiritual Adviser: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
    President: Mr Philmon Kujur
    Secretary: Mr Erenius Xalxo
  • Christian Living Community (CLC):
    Convener: Father Arun Kujur
  • Crus Vir (Eucharistic Crusade):
    Convener: Father Kishore Kindo
  • Mahila Sangh (Women forum):
    Spiritual Adviser: Father Alois Moses Xalxo
    President: Mrs. Flora Minj
    Secretary: Mrs. Mary Baxla
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
    Spiritual Advisers: Father Samuel Kujur (Gumla), Father Peter Tirkey (Chainpur)

Social Communications

  • Church-run cultural centers:
    In-Charge: Father Peter Paul Van Nuffel
    Address: c/o Tribal Museum, Gumla
  • Media organizations:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
  • Newsletters:
    1 (Gumla Catholic Diocese News)
  • Social communications office:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Kullu
    Address: c/o Pastoral Center

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