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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 Niigata

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Apostolic Administrator Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
Archbishop  Isao Kikuchi
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Apostolic Administrator Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
Bishop's House,
656 Ichiban-cho,
Higashi Ohata-dori,
Chou-ku, Niigata-shi,
Niigata-ken 951-8106, Japan

Phone: (025)222-7457
Fax :222-7467
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, S.V.D., was born in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, on Nov. 1, 1958. He was ordained priest on March 15, 1986. Pope John Paul II appointed him on May 14, 2004 as bishop of Niigata. His episcopal ordination was on Sept. 20, 2004. On Oct. 25, 2017, Pope Francis appointed him archbishop of Tokyo.

On 16 Dec 2017, He was appointed as the apostolic administrator of Niigata.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi (29 Apr 2004 Appointed - 25 Oct 2017 Appointed, Archbishop of Tokyo)
  • Bishop Francis Keiichi Sato, O.F.M (1985-2004)
  • Bishop John Shojiro Ito (1962-1985)
  • Father John Baptist Tokisuke Noda (1953-1961, Prefect Apostolic)
  • Bishop Peter Magoshiro Matsuoka (1941-1953; 1941-1945 Administrator Apostolic; 1945-1953 Prefect Apostolic)
  • Father Anton Ceska, S.V.D (1926-1941, Prefect Apostolic)
  • Father Joseph Reiners, S.V.D (1912-1926 ,Prefect Apostolic)

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