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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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Bishop Vincentius Sutikno Wicaksono
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Bishop Vincentius Sutikno Wicaksono
Jl. Polisi Istimewa 17,
Surabaya, East Java,
Indonesia

Phone: +62 31-5677796 / 5615592
Fax :+62 31-5684004
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Vincentius Sutikno Wicaksono was born in Surabaya, East Java, on September 26, 1953. He was ordained a priest on Jan. 21, 1982. His episcopal ordination was on June 29, 2007. His motto is "Ut vitam habeant abundantius habeant" (that they may have life, and have it abundantly).

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Johanes Hadiwikarta (July 25, 1994 - Dec 13, 2003)
  • Bishop Aloysius Joseph Dibyakarjana (Dec 16, 1982 - July 25, 1994)
  • Bishop Johannes Antonius Maria Klooster, CM (May 1, 1953 - Dec 16, 1982)
  • Bishop Verhoeks, CM (March 13, 1938 - May 8, 1952)
  • Father Theophilus de Backere, CM (Prefect of Surabaia, Sept 16, 1928 - July 9, 1937)

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