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Cardinal Cheong

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 Alleppey

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College Students:
    2001
  • Colleges:
    5
  • High School Students:
    12130
  • High Schools:
    9
  • Lower Primary School Students:
    4760
  • Lower Primary Schools:
    16
  • Nursing School & college:
    1
  • Senior Secondary School Students:
    2036
  • Senior Secondary Schools:
    4
  • Technical Institutions:
    6
  • Technical Institutions- Students:
    175
  • Upper Primary Schools:
    1

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Hospitals:
    6
  • Orphanages:
    5

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities:
    In-Charge: Father Vijay Isaac
  • Bible & Catechetical Apostolate:
    Director: Father Joy Puthenveetil
  • Corporate Educational Agency:
    Corporate Manager: Father Xavier Kudiamssery
  • Family Apostolate:
    Director: Father Fernandus Kakkaseryil
  • Liturgical Commissions:
    In-Charge: Father Joslad Koilparampil
  • Media Ministry:
    In-Charge: Father Vijay Isaac
  • Ministry of Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Berleigh Veliyakam
  • Social Work:
    In-Charge: Father Siju P. Job
  • Vocations:
    In-Charge: Father Sebastian Sasthamparampil
  • Youth Ministry:
    In-Charge: Father Edward Puthenpurackal

Social Communications

  • Altar Boys Association:
    Director: Father Sebastian Sasthamparampil
  • Catholic Nurses Guild:
    Director: Father Solomon Charanghat
  • Catholic Teachers Guild:
    Director: Father Xavier Kudiamssery
  • Charismatic Renewal:
    Director: Father Joseph Jenesuis Saiza
  • Fishermen:
    Director: Msgr. Paul Arakal
  • Holy Childhood Association:
    Director: Father Sunny Arakkal
  • Jail Ministry:
    Director: Father Reynold Vattathil
  • Jesus Youth:
    Director: Father Joseph Jenesuis Saiza
  • Kerala Catholic Students League :
    Director: Father Vijay Issac
  • Kerala Catholic Youth Movement:
    Director: Father Paul J. Arakal
  • Kerala Latin Catholic Association:
    Director: Father Berleigh Veliyakam
  • Legion of Mary:
    Director: Father Berleigh Veliyakam
  • Little Way Association:
    Director: Father Sebastain Aroujo
  • Madya Vargana Samithi:
    Director: Father Edward Puthenpurakal
  • Printing press:
    1
  • St. Vincent De Paul:
    Director: Father Ignatius Chullikal

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