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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 Purnea

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Bishop Angelus Kujur, S.J
Bishop Kujur, S.J
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Bishop Angelus Kujur, S.J
Bishop's House,
Maharajaji Hata, Purnea P.O. & Dt,
Bihar 854301, India

Phone: 06454 242 848
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Angelus Kujur, S.J., was born on July 14, 1946, at Mundaltoli, Simdega diocese, Jharkhand state. He was ordained priest on April 13, 1980, in Dumka, Jharkhand. He was appointed as bishop of Purnea on Jan. 20, 2007. Bishop Kujur’s episcopal ordination was on April 18, 2007. His previous appointments were: master of novices at Jesu Jaher, Dumka. from 1986-89 and 1996 -99. He was the provincial of Dumka and Raiganj provinces from 1989-95. From 2001-07, he was the superior and director of spirituality center Jeevan Dhara, Raiganj.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Vincent Barwa (1998-2004, Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi)

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