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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.

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Diocese of Trincomalee

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Bishop Christian Noel Emmanuel
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Bishop Christian Noel Emmanuel
Bishop's House,
36 Centre Road,
Orr's Hill, Trincomalee,
Sri Lanka

Phone: 94- 262222.677
Fax :94-262223238
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Christian Noel Emmanuel was born December 25, 1960 in Trincomalee. After secondary school, he entered the St. Joseph's Minor Seminary.

During 1978-1981 he studied philosophy at the National Seminary of Kandy. After a year of regency, in 1983 he entered the St. Paul's Major Seminary, Triruchirappally, in India for theology studies, which completed in 1986.

He was ordained deacon 12 March, 1985 and was incardinated in the then undivided Diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa. He received priestly ordination on May 21, 1986, in the Cathedral of Trincomalee.

He appointed Bishop of Trincomalee on June 03, 2015 by Pope Francis, who accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai. The consecration and installation of the new bishop was held on July 25, 2015.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai (1983-2015)
  • Bishop Leo Rajendram Antony (1974-1983)
  • Bishop Ignatius Philip Trigueros Glennie, SJ (1947-1974)
  • Bishop Gaston Robichez, SJ (1917-1946)
  • Bishop Charles Lavigne, SJ (1898-1913)

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