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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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Diocese of Iligan

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools:
    2
  • Post-Secondary Schools -Students:
    2227
  • Pre-primary School - Students:
    566
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    8
  • Primary School - Students:
    2622
  • Primary Schools:
    9
  • Secondary School - Students:
    6793
  • Secondary Schools:
    15

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Clinics and dispensaries:
    2
  • Homes for the aged:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    1
  • Orphanages:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible Apostolate (BA ):
    In-Charge: Father Rodolfo M. Encabo
  • Commission on Culture (ECC):
    In-Charge: Msgr. Leo E. Labiste
  • Commission on Inter-Religious Dialogue (ECID):
    In-Charge: Rodulfo M. Galenzoga
  • Commission on Mission (ECM):
    In-Charge: Father Victor T. Retiza
  • Commission on Seminaries (ECS):
    In-Charge: Alberto C. De Lara
  • Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP):
    In-Charge: Father Albert T. Mendez
  • Commission on the Laity (ECLA):
    In-Charge: Nazer M. Zaragoza
  • Commission on Vocation (ECV):
    In-Charge: Father Edgar S. Momay
  • Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities (B.E.C.):
    In-Charge: Father Raymundo E. Iwayan
  • Diocesan Catechetical Apostolate (DCA ):
    In-Charge: Father Diomedes F. Cabiles
  • Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA ):
    In-Charge: Sr. Emily B. Lumido, MSM
  • Diocese of Iligan Education Office (DIEO ):
    In-Charge: Father Aureo A. Pati-an
  • Family and Life Apostolate (FLA):
    In-Charge: Father Anastacio B. Daugdaug
  • Lay Liturgical Ministry (LLM ):
    In-Charge: Father Bernard E. Begornia
  • Prisoner:
    In-Charge: Father Chibuike Ojilere, CSSp

Social Communications

  • Magazine:
    "KOINONIA"

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