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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 Jaffna

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Major Catholic Educational Institutions:
    St. Patrick's College
    Address: St. Patrick's Road, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (92) 21-2222388
    St. Anthony's College
    Address: Kayts, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    St. Don Bosco School
    Address: St. Don Bosco School, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Major Catholic Social Welfare Centers:
    Home for Unwed Mothers Address: Inuvil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    "Arobanam" Boys' Town D-8
    Address: Uruthirapuram, Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 21-2285805
    Amala Annai Orphanage Address: Mulangavil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    St. Joseph's Home for the Elders
    Address: Columbuthurai, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Centre for Counselling
    Address: Arokiapuram, Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
    Home for Mentally Retarded Children
    Address: "Ark", Uduvil, Manipay, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Holy Cross Health Centre
    Address: Beach Road, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Holy Cross Day Care Centre
    Address: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Administrative Committee
  • Catechetics, Bible and Education
  • Catholic Education Committee
  • Committee for Finance and Property
  • Deanery Committee
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Diocesan Pastoral Care and Mission
    Finance and Property
    Catholic Education
    Social Ministry (Social Development, Family Apostolate)
    Pastoral Training Centre
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • Family Apostolate
  • Laity
  • Legion of Mary (Pious Associations)
  • Liturgy and Cultural Affairs
  • Pastoral Committee
  • Pontifical Mission Societies
  • Social Committee
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Secretariat Committee
  • Youth Apostolate

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Major Catholic Organizations:
    Good Shepherd Centre
    Peace program with leaders
    from various religions
    Bishop Emilianuspillai Memorial Home
    Arul Ashram
    Catechetical Centre
    Commission for Family, "AHAVOLI"
    Caritas -- "HUDEC"
    Commission for Justice and Peace
    Commission for Liturgy
    Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue
    Commission for Youth
    Commission for Laity
    Diocesan Commission for Evangelization
    Diocesan Committee for Renewal and Apostolic Life
    Diocesan Committee for Culture
    Diocesan Committee for Pontifical Mission Societies (P.M.S.)

Social Communications

  • St. Joseph's Catholic Press:
    Address: Main Street, Jaffna, Sri Lanka Phone: (92) 21-2222378

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