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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 Ootacamund

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    1
  • Post Secondary Schools:
    13
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    9
  • Primary Schools:
    48
  • Secondary Schools:
    27
  • Training Schools:
    2

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers, hostels for youth:
    2
  • Family apostolates:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    1
  • Homes for the elderly:
    4
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    37
  • Orphanages:
    18
  • Socio-economic centers:
    31

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible, Catechetics, Liturgy, Family, Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Father Maria Joseph
  • Clergy:
    Monsignor A. Anthony Swamy
  • Education:
    Monsignor A. Anthony Swamy
  • Evangelization and Pious Associations:
    Father J. Alexander
  • Pontifical Missions:
    Father C. Antonysamy
  • Social Work, Labor and Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes:
    Father Jeyakumar
  • Vocation and Seminary:
    Father Christopher Law
  • Youth, Laity and Communication:
    Father Joseph Raj

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Apostolic Union
  • Catholic Association of India
  • Franciscan Third Order
  • Legion of Mary
  • Little Way Association
  • Sodality of our Lady
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers

Social Communications

  • Father Joseph Raj is in charge of the Social Communications office:
    Address: Arulagam, Pastoral Centre, Ooty - 643 00, The Nilgiris, India
    Email: [email protected]
    Diocesan website: www.ootacamunddiocese.org.
  • Monthly Magazine:
    The diocese publishes a monthly magazine called Kurusadiyin Kuraloli and a newsletter, Ootacamund Diocesan News Bulletin (Monthly)

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