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Cardinal Cheong

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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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools :
    4
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students:
    875
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    34
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students:
    5,772
  • Primary School:
    32
  • Primary School-Students:
    20,077
  • Secondary School :
    20
  • Secondary School-Students:
    6,171

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers for family apostolate:
    1
  • Clinics and dispensaries:
    10
  • Hospitals:
    3
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
    6
  • Socio-economic centers, training centers:
    1
  • Youth centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Conference of Religious in India President:
    Sister Camilla
  • Education Secretary:
    Father Stany D'Souza
  • Family Apostolate:
    Father M.J. Jacob
  • Laity:
    Father Robert D'Mello
  • Liturgical, Biblical and Catechetical:
    Father Duming Dias
  • Marriage Bureau:
    Father Jacob M.J
  • Pontifical Mission Aid Societies:
    Father Stany D'Souza
  • Social Communication:
    Father Clarence Dias
  • Social Works:
    Father Gilbert Lobo
  • Vocation Promotion:
    Father Robert D'Mello
  • Women:
    Sister Winnifred B.S
  • Youth:
    Father Franklyn D'Souza

Social Communications

  • Diocesan Newsletter:
    Hombelaku
  • Social Communications Commission:
    Father Clarence Dias
    Address: St. Jude's Church, Anandapuram, India

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