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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 Malang

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Bishop Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan
Bishop Gunawan
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Bishop Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan
Jl. Guntur 2, Malang 65112,
Jawa, Indonesia

Phone: (0341)362.524
Fax :323.744
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Bishop Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan was born on July 13, 1955 in Malang. He did his seminary training in ‘Widya Sasana’ of Malang and made his solemn profession as a Carmelite on Jan. 18, 1981. In the following year on Feb. 7, he was ordained to the priesthood in Malang.

He was then sent Rome for higher studies, and obtained a licentiate in sacred scriptures in 1986 from the Jesuit-run Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in biblical theology in 1990 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum.

He has held several academic and pastoral responsibilities. Since 1986, he has been professor of sacred scriptures at Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute ‘Widya Sasana’ in Malang; vice rector of the Indonesia Biblical Society (1991-1996); vice rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute ‘Widya Sasana’ (1991-2000).

He also served as member of the Carmelite Institute of Rome (1996-2000); Director of the Indonesia Biblical Society (1996-2004); parish priest of 'St. Andrea Tidar' in Malang (1999-2000); rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' (2000-2004) and Member of the Spirituality Committee of the Carmelite Institute in Rome (2001-2007).

At the time of appointment as bishop on Sept. 3, 2016, he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana'.

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