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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Diocese of Sivagangai

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College-Students :1,147
  • Colleges :3
  • Post-secondary Schools :17
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students :4,765
  • Pre-Primary Schools :27
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students :1,810
  • Primary Schools :81
  • Primary Schools-Students :14,050
  • Secondary School-Students :8,678
  • Secondary Schools :20

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolates :1
  • Homes for the elderly :3
  • Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries :14
  • Hostels for youth :11
  • Orphanages :2
  • Socio-economic centers :6

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities
  • Christian Life Commission (Bible, Catechetics, Liturgy )
  • Culture/Communication
  • Dalit Commission
  • Family Commission
  • Labour Commission
  • Sivagangai Social Service Centre (SMSSS)
  • Vianney Pastoral Centre
  • Youth Commission

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Amala Anani Amaithiyagam - run by Congregation of the Immaculate Conception Sisters
  • Christian Life Community
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Christian Workers Movement
  • Evangelization and Retreat Centre Arul Chandru Nilyam - run by Sacred Heart Brothers
  • Holy Childhood
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • St. Francis Anbagam - run by Capuchin Franciscans
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society

Social Communications

  • Magazine :Anandha Gangai Thuthu
  • Social Communications Center :Father Arputha Arasu

    Address: Ananda Gangai Communication/Cultural Centre, Vianney Pastoral Centre, Madurai Road, Sivagangai-630 561, India

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