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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Nalgonda

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-Secondary Schools:
    2
  • Post-Secondary Schools -Students:
    1379
  • Primary Schools:
    1
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    284
  • Secondary Schools:
    11
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    6869

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
    1
  • Centers, hostels for youth:
    5
  • Clinics and Dispensaries:
    16
  • Elderly homes:
    3
  • Homes for the disabled:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Orphanages:
    5
  • Socio-economic centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Diocesan Education Committee:
    Deputy General Manager of Diocesan Schools: Father M. Balashowry
    Phone: (91) 8682-244723
  • Diocesan Marriage Tribunal:
    Chairman: Father P. Arogyam
    Phone: (91) 8684-220780
  • Diocesan Pastoral Centre (Suvartha Nilayam):
    Director: Father P. Marianna
    Phone: (91) 8682-244457
  • Diocesan unit of Catholic Religious of India (CRI):
    President: Father Karlapati Kishore
    Phone: (91) 8681-248126
  • Scholarships Desk (linked to the Education Committee):
    Director: Father P. Solomon
    Phone: (91) 8682-233194

Social Communications

  • Newsletter:
    The diocese has a monthly newsletter called Proclaim

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