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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 Sintang

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Bishop Samuel Oton Sidin
Bishop Oton Sidin
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Bishop Samuel Oton Sidin
Keuskupan, Jl. Ahmad Yani 8,
Sintang 78611, Kalimantan Barat,

Phone: (0565) 21213/ (0565) 21940
Fax :(0565) 21213/ (0565) 21940
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Bishop Samuel Oton Sidin, OFMCap., was born on Dec 12, 1954, in Pontianka. Following elementary school, he attended the minor seminary in Nyarumkop. Entering the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in 1977, he completed philosophical and theological studies at the inter-diocesan major seminary in Pematangsiantar in Medan (Sumatra). He professed perpetual vows on July 18, 1982 and was ordained priest on July 1, 1984.

Following ordination he held the following assignments: 1984-1985: parochial vicar in Nyarumkop 1985-1990: studies in spirituality at the Antonianum, Rome; 1990-1993: assistant novice master; 1993-1997: novice master; 1997-2003: Provincial Minister of Pontaniak; 2003-2008: Director of the Rumah Pelangi and of the project for forest conversation; 2009-2012: Provincial Minister of Pontianak; since 2012: Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Tebet, Jakarta.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Agustinus Agus (29 Oct 1999 Appointed - 3 Jun 2014 Appointed, Archbishop of Pontianak)
  • Bishop Isak Doera (May 19, 1977-Jan. 1, 1996)
  • Bishop Lambertus van Kessel, SMM (Jan. 3, 1961- August 1973)

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