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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 Kandy

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Major Catholic Educational Institutions:
    Good Shepherd Convent
    Address: 100, Peradeniya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-2228002

    St. Anthony's College
    Address: Katugastota Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-2213652
    Fax: +94 81-2213559
    Email: [email protected]/[email protected]
    Temple of Tooth Relic (of Buddha) in Kandy

    St. Patrick's School
    Address: Talawakelle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 52-2258606

    Don Bosco Technical Centre
    Address: 3/2, Bahirawakande Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-2234075
    Fax: +94 81-2232343

    St. Dominic Savior' s Vocational Training Centre
    Address: 79 B, Mahawatte, Kundasale, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 52-2258606

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetic, Bible & 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
  • Family Apostolate
  • Laity
  • Legion of Mary (Pious Associations)
  • Liturgy & Cultural Affairs
  • Pastoral Committee
  • Pontifical Mission Societies
  • Social Committee
  • The Secretariat Committee
  • Tribunal
  • Youth Apostolate Administrative Committee

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Pastoral Council

Other Church Organizations and Institutions

  • Major Catholic Organizations:
    Commission for Justice, Peace & Human Rights
    Address: 255/50, Dr. C. D. L. Fernando Mawatha,
    Katugastota Road , Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-4477692
    Email: [email protected]

    Human Rights Office
    3/4 A, Digana Road Kandy Sri Lanka
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel/Fax: +94 81 2424511

    Blessed Joseph Vaz Centre
    Address: c/o St. Anthony's Cathedral, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-4930633

    Family Apostolate Centre
    Address: 658, Peradeniya Road, Kandy .

    Diocesan Pastoral Centre

    Address: 274, D. S. Senanayake Veediya, Kandy
    Phone: +94 81-2225128/2238725

    Regional Pastoral Centre
    Address: 116, Vihara Road, Matale, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 66-2222394

    St. Patrick's Apostolic Institute
    Address: Talawakelle, Sri Lanka

    St. Paul's Book Centre
    Address: 30, Cross Street , Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-2237459

Social Communications

  • Centre for the Diocesan Media Apostolate:
    141, D. S. Senanayaka Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Phone: +94 81-2233964

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