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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 Dinajpur

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Bishop Sebastian Tudu
Bishop Tudu
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Bishop Sebastian Tudu
Bishop's House,
Kosba, P.O. Box – 5,
Dinajpur – 5200

Phone: +88-0531 65669, +88-0531 65810
+88 01732582509
Fax :+88-0531 51496
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Sebastian Tudu was born on June 17, 1967, at Changura village of northwestern Gaibandha district. His priestly ordination was on Dec 30, 1999, at Mariampur parish in Dinajpur.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as bishop of Dinajpur on Oct 29, 2011. His episcopal ordination at Dinajpur was on Jan 27, 2012.

Bishop Tudu is the first local bishop in the predominantly tribal diocese, and also the first bishop from tribal Santal community.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Moses M. Costa, CSC (1996-2011)
  • Bishop Theotonius Gomes, CSC (1978-1996)
  • Bishop Michael Rozario (1968-1978)
  • Bishop Joseph Obert, PIME (1948-1968)
  • Bishop John Baptist Anselmo, PIME (1928-1947)
  • Bishop Santino Taveggia, PIME (1927-1928)
  • Bishop of Krishnagar (1906-1927)

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