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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 Bangued

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Activities and Organizations

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Apostleship of Prayer:
    Diocesan President: Mrs. Lolita Borjal
    Spiritual Director: Father Nilo S. Peig, JCD
  • Catholic Women's League:
    Diocesan President: Mrs. Leanida Balbin
    Spiritual Director: Father Nilo S. Peig, JCD
  • Diocesan Council of the Laity:
    President: Mr. Philip Tingonong
    Spiritual Director: Father Ruben P. Valdez
  • Knights of Columbus:
    District Deputies:
    B41: Engr. Romulo Bona
    B42: Mr. Robert Bonbon
    B43: Mr. Rodolfo Santiago
    Spiritual Director: Father Ruben P. Valdez
  • Legion of Mary Curia President: Mrs. Nonila Briosos:
    Spiritual Director: Father Emilio C. Cortez, Jr.

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergarten:
    2
  • Kindergarten - Students:
    199
  • Post-Graduate:
    1
  • Post-Graduate - Students:
    38
  • College:
    1
  • College - Students:
    1398
  • Primary Schools:
    3
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    1596
  • Secondary Schools:
    18
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    5512

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolate:
    1
  • Socio-economic centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical Apostolate:
    Director: Father Devasagayam Savariyappan, SVD
  • Catechetical Apostolate:
    Coordinator: Sr. Margarita Angupa, SIHM
  • Commission on Christian Formation (CFC):
    Head: Father Floro B. Bautista
  • Commission on Worship and Liturgy:
    Head: Father Antonio B. Ruyan
  • Department for Lay Ministers and Pastoral Leaders:
    Chair: Father Roderick V. Ardaniel
  • Diocesan Social Apostolate Commission (DSAC):
    Chair: Father Renato M. Amasi
  • Family and Life Apostolate:
    Chair: Father Emilio C. Cortez, Jr.
  • Justice and Peace Department:
    Chair: Father Renat
  • Lay Apostolate:
    Director: Father Ruben P. Valdez
  • Mass Media Apostolate:
    Director: Father Carmelo P. Gonzales
  • Migrants Apostolate:
    Priest-in-Charge: Father Alvin B. Aberio
  • Mission Promotion Office:
    Director: Father Conradus Haribaik, SVD
  • Office for Basic Ecclesial Communities:
    Director: Father Jay U. Solmerano
  • Social Development Center:
    Chair: Miss Pura Sumangil
  • Vocation Promotion Office:
    Director: Father Leonardo A. Tuba?a

Social Communications

  • In-charge: Father Carmelo P. Gonzales:
    Address: Blessed Arnold Janssen Communication Center
    Zamora cor. Rizal St., Bangued, 2800 Abra, Philippines
    Phone: +63 (74) 752-8438, 752-8439
    Email: [email protected]

Social Communications

  • Mass Media Apostolate:
    A. Radio
    Radio DZPA-AM, Founded 1970
    Radio DWWM-FM, Founded 1986
    Address: Blessed Arnold Janssen Communication Center
    Zamora cor. Rizal St., Bangued, 2800 Abra, Philippines
    Phone: +63 (74) 752-8438, 752-8439
    Email: [email protected]
    Director: Father Carmelo P. Gonzales
    Station Manager: Miss Merla Ruiz

    B. Newspaper
    Abra Today, Founded 1989
    Address: Blessed Arnold Janssen Communication Center
    Zamora cor. Rizal St., Bangued 2800 Abra, Philippines
    Phone: +63 (74) 752-8374
    Email: [email protected]
    Editor-in-Chief: Father Carmelo P. Gonzales
    Associate Editor: Father Jay U. Solmerano

Social Communications

  • The diocese has a Catholic weekly
  • There are two radio stations:
    1 AM, 1 FM

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