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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Diocese of Khandwa

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Clinics:
    2
  • Dispensaries:
    7
  • Health Centres:
    12
  • Home for the Disabled and Destitute:
    1
  • Hospitals:
    3
  • Hostels for Boys:
    14
  • Hostels for Girls:
    13
  • Khandwa Diocesan Social Services (KDSS):
    Address: Khandwa Diocesan Social Services
    Pastoral Centre
    Near Stadium
    Khandwa -450001, India
    Phone: +91 733- 2227991
  • Khandwa Diocesan Social Services (KDSS):
    Director: Father Thomas M.T.
    Father Sebi T
    Sr. Julia OSA
    Sr. Molly MMS
    Mr. Sushil Francis
    Mrs. Rajkishori Tigga
  • Leprosariums:
    5
  • Orphanage:
    1
  • Vocational Training Centers:
    6

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible and Catechism (Word & Worship):
    Director: Father Boban M
    Father Sinu Mathew M
    Director: Sr. Jeevan (FSMA)
    Director: Mr. Mangilal (Catechist, Pandhana)
  • CDPI (Conference of Diocesan Priests of India):
    Father Augustine
    Father Pius Ginare
    Father Sebastian Tanan
    Father Sebastian Kaiparambil
    Father Thomas M.T.
    Father Manu John
  • Commission for Women:
    Directress: Sr. Bincy FCC
    Sr. Pranita SMMI
    Sr. Savio OSA
    Mrs. Nirmala
  • Dialogue & Ecumenism:
    Director: Father George Bhuria SVD
    Father Mathew K.J.
    Father Thomas M.T.
    Father Saji V Kurian
    Sr. Nancy B.S
    Mr. G. Balroi
  • Education:
    Secretary: Father Saji V. Kurian
    Father Benny P
    Father Sebastain Tanan
    Sr. Asha C.S.S.J
    Sr. Manju SSpS
    Sr. Archana S.J.S.M
  • Family & Laity:
    Director Father M. Chinnappar
    Father Mathias Lakra
    Mr. Peter Damodhar
    Mrs. Clara
  • Marriage Tribunal (Inter-Diocesan):
    Father Sebastian Kaiparambil
  • Pontifical Mission Society:
    Father Manu John
  • Prison Ministry:
    Director: Father Mathew K.J
    Father Lourenco Dias
    Sr. Angel SSpS
  • Social Communications:
    Director: Father Biju T
    Father Jomon Varghese
  • Vocation:
    Coordinator: Father Biju T
    Father Pius Ginare
    Father Jose George
    Sr. Prabha SJS
  • Youth:
    Director: Father John Victor
    Father Jose George
    Sr. Babita MMS
    Mr. Nilesh
    Miss Shilpa

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Diocesan Pastoral Center:
    Address: Pastoral Centre
    Near Stadium
    Khandwa-450 001, India
    Phone: +91 733-2222673
    Director: Father Mathew K.J.
  • Youth Centre:
    Address: M.P. Regional Youth Office
    Catholic Church Compound
    Khandwa-450 001, India
    Phone: +91 733-2224528
    Director: Father Mathew K.J

Social Communications

  • Communication Centre Pradeepti:
    Address: Pradeepti
    Padam Nagar
    Indore Khandwa Road
    Khandwa-450 001, India
    Phone: +91 733-2243236
  • Diocesan News Letter "Paigham":
    Editor: Father Sebastian Tanan
    Father Biju T
  • Public Relation Office (PRO):
    In-Charge: Father Mathew K.J.

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