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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 Kurunegala

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Major Catholic Educational Institutions:
    Holy Family Balika Maha Vidyalaya
    Address: Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2223287
    St. Anne's College
    Address: Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2222348

Catholic Social Welfare

  • "Welcome Home":
  • "Welcome Village":
  • Boys' homes:
  • Center for handicapped boys:
  • Children's homes:
  • Girls' homes:
  • Home for the elderly:
  • Orphanages:
  • Schools for the illiterate:
  • Training center for the deaf:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Administrative Committee
  • AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach)
  • Biblical Apostolate
  • Catechetics, 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
  • Educational Services Committee :
  • Family Apostolate
  • Laity
  • LAKRIVI (Lanka Kriyakari Veerayo, children's movement)
  • Legion of Mary
  • Liturgy & Cultural Affairs
  • Missionary Childhood
  • Pastoral Committee
  • Pastoral Council
  • Pontifical Mission Societies
  • Sacred Heart Sodality
  • Social Committee
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Secretariat Committee
  • Tribunal
  • Youth Apostolate

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Major Catholic Organizations:
    Catholic Centre
    Address: St. Anne's Street, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2222989
    "Flower Villa"
    Address: Millawa, Kurunegala Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2220589
    Caritas - "Janasetha"
    Address: Pellandeniya, Maspotha, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2227147/ 0777-831990
    Diocesan Catechetical Centre
    Address: 254, Puttalam Road, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2233484
    Fax: (94) 37-2233484
    "Sath Pahana" (Diocesan Pastoral Center)
    Address: Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 37-2281197

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