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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 Hsinchu

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
  • Hostels:
  • Kindergartens:
  • Of the below, 17 kindergartens are under the name of the diocese, and 15 under the name of the priests.
  • On primary or elementary schools, 2 are under the religious congregations.
  • Primary Schools:
  • Regarding high schools, 2 are under the diocese and 2 under the religious group.

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Also, 3 orphanages and other child welfare centers are under the Diocese.
  • Homes for the Aged:
    2 (317)
  • Hope Workers Center founded in l986 by the Columbian priests.
  • Hospitals:
    2 (beneficiaries: 652,828)
  • Hsinchu Catholic Migrants and New Immigrants Service Center founded in 1997.
  • On the two Catholic Hospitals, one is under the Diocese and the other one under the Religious group.
  • Orphanages:
    3 (183)
  • Retarded Children Centers:
    5 (359)
  • Social Services Center under the Society of Jesus.
  • There are 7 homes for the elderly, the chronically ill, invalids and the handicapped under the Diocese.
  • Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office-founded in 2003 by the Columban priests.

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Aborigine Pastoral Commission
  • Association of Catholic School-Teachers & Officers
  • Association of Women Religious Congregations
  • Campus Ministry Pastoral Team
  • Caritas
  • Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue
  • Commission for Retired Priests
  • Commission for Social Service
  • Council of Priests
  • Diocesan Board of Kindergarten
  • Diocesan Commission for Catechists
  • Diocesan Commission for Vocations
  • Diocesan Consultors
  • Diocesan Curia
  • Diocesan Deans
  • Diocesan Financial Commission
  • Diocesan Formation Desk
  • Diocesan Seminarians
  • Diocesan Tribunal
  • Early Childhood Education Association
  • Eucharistic Crusade
  • Liturgical Commission
  • Megalopolis Aborigine Commission
  • Migrant Concern Desk
  • Pastoral Commission
  • Priests in Retreat
  • Residence of Priests
  • Sexual Harassment Counselling Committee
  • Vietnamese Mirgrant Workers and Brides Office
  • Youth at Risk Ministry Office
  • Youth Committee

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