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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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Territorial Prelature of Batanes

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College:
  • College - Students:
  • Kindergarten:
  • Kindergarten - Students:
  • Post-Graduate:
  • Post-Graduate - Students:
  • St Dominic College of Batanes, INC. (SDC):
    Address: Basco, Batanes 3900, Philippines
    Contact No: 0917-8613414
    Acting President: Father Brigido R. Casas
    Email: [email protected]

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Hospitals:
    2 (1 General Hospital & 1 District Hospital)
  • There are clinics in every barangay

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission on BEC (Centro Catolico):
    Director: Father Andrew Algerico Gonzales
  • Commission on Biblical Apostolate:
    Director: Father Roy Maliglig
  • Commission on Catechetics:
    Director: Father Eduardo Pangilinan
  • Commission on Church Patrimony:
    Director: Father Aldred Hordoñez
  • Commission on Family & Life:
    Director: Father Francis M. Montero
  • Commission on Liturgy, Worship and Popular Devotions:
    Director: Father Brigido Casas
  • Commission on Missions:
    Director: Father Wilfred Calinawan
  • Commission on Social Communications:
    Director: Father Eduardo Pangilinan
  • Commission on Vocations:
    Director: Father Merlito Abiog
  • Commission on Youth Apostolate:
    Director: Father Roy Maliglig

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Adoracion Nocturna Filipina:
    In-Charge: Mr. Pedro Bayesa
  • Adorers of the Most Holy Trinity:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Anicia Hontomin
  • Batanes Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Sevilla Garcia
  • Catholic Women's League:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Remedies Valiente
  • Children of Mary:
    In-Charge: Ms. Narcisa Rodriguez
  • Couples for Christ:
    In-Charge: Mr. Julius Baroña
  • El Shaddai Foundation
  • Ivatan Bible Apostolate:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Anicia Hontomin
  • Marriage Encounter:
    In-Charge: Mr. & Mrs. Orlando & Anicia Hontomin
  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Sevilla Garcia
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Association
  • St. Joseph Association:
    In-Charge: Mr. Pedro Valiente
  • Tertiary Order of the Dominican Laity:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Sevilla Garcia

Social Communications

  • Director: Father Eduardo Pangilinan:
    Address: c/o Bishop's House, Basco, Batanes, Philippines
    Email: [email protected]

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