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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 Dharmapuri

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Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj
Bishop Dorairaj
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Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj
Bishop's House,
Nethaji By-Pass Road,
Post Box No. 32,
Dharmapuri-636 701, India

Phone: 04342 2288 409
Fax :(91) 4342-262200
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Dorairaj was born in Chennai in June 1954. He was ordained priest in 1981 and was appointed auxiliary bishop of Madras and Mylapore in November 1998. Bishop Lawrence succeeds Bishop Joseph Antony Irudayaraj SDB as bishop of Dharmapuri.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Dorairaj as the new bishop of Dharmapuri on Jan. 13, 2012.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Joseph Anthony Irudayaraj (Feb. 28, 1997 – Jan. 13, 2012)

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