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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 Anuradhapura

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Bishop Don Norbert Marshall Andradi
Bishop Andradi
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Bishop Don Norbert Marshall Andradi
Bishop's House
Anuradhapura,
Sri Lanka

Phone: (94) 25-2222503
Fax :(94) 25-2234901
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Don Norbert Marshall Andradi, Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI), was born on Aug. 30, 1949, at Diyalagoda, Maggona, in the Archdiocese of Colombo. He was ordained an Oblate priest on May 10, 1980, in the parish church in Kalamulla, Western Province. He was the first Oblate scholastic and rector of the OMI seminary in. He was elected Bishop of Anuradhapura and his episcopal ordination was on Jan. 10, 2004. Bishop Andradi completed his doctorate at St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada, and was a lecturer in Ottawa, Canada for a short while in 1995. He was the professor and Dean of the Theology faculty in the national seminary of Our Lady of Lanka (1995-2003). He is presently chairman of the Catholic National Commission for Liturgy and Culture.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Oswald Thomas Gomis (1995-2002)
  • Bishop Henry Swithin Thomas Alexander Wijetunge Goonewardena, OMI (1975-1995)

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