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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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Archdiocese of Ranchi

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Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Bishop Bilung
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Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Archbishop's House,
P.O. Box 5, Dr. Camil Bulcke Path,
Ranchi-834001, Jharkhand, India

Phone: 0651 235 0144
Fax :235.01.44
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Bilung was born on April 15, 1961, at Sargidipa in the diocese of Rourkela, Odisha.

In 1979, he joined the Jyoti Bhavan minor seminary in Sambalpur. In 1985, he entered the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). He professed his first vows in 1986 and his solemn profession was in 1991. He was ordained priest on May 2, 1992, in Gaibira, the diocese of Rourkela. Between 1986 and 1992, he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth in Pune. From 2005 to 2006 he did a counselling course in Britain.

He has served as assistant parish in Puri from 1992 to 1994 and as rector of the Minor Seminary in Sambalpur from1994 to 1996. In 2005, he was made chairman of the vocation board. In 2007, he joined as pastor in Premnagar, archdiocese of Calcutta.

He was the provincial councillor from 2008 to 2011 and the rector of the SVD Minor Seminary in Lungai from 2010 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the provincial superior of the Divine Word Missionaries.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo (7 Aug 1985 Succeeded - 24 Jun 2018 Retired)
  • Archbishop Pius Kerketta, SJ (1961-1985)
  • Bishop Nicholas Kujur, SJ (1952-1960)
  • Bishop Oscar Sevrin, SJ (1934-1951)
  • Bishop Louis Van Hoeck, SJ (1928--1933)

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