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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 Ambikapur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

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Catholic Social Welfare

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  • Training centers:
  • Youth hostels:
    70, with 6,315 students

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • All India Catholic Union Federation (AICUF):
    Father Anuranjan Kerketta, SJ
  • Balwadi (Nursery Classes):
    Sister Irene SJL, c/o Bishop's House, Phone: (91) 7774-230973; (91) 7774-230612
  • Catechetical Department:
    Father Rajendra Kerketta and Sister Neelam Xess, c/o. Bishop's house
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS):
    Father Deonis Xaxa, c/o Bishop's House
    Phone: (91) 7774-230004
  • Catholic Sabha:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Crusbir (children:
    Father Peter Xess
  • Director of schools:
    Father Tobias Tigga, c/o Bishop's house;
  • Finance:
    Father Pascal Tirkey, c/o Bishop's House
  • Holy Childhood & Vocations:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Land and properties:
    Father Xavier Ekka, c/o Bishop's house
  • Liturgy:
    Father Rajendran Kerketta
  • Mahila Sangh (Women:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Marriage Tribunal, Legal Matters and Historian:
    Father Theodore Lakra, c/o Bishop's house;
  • Pastoral Council
  • Pastoral Council:
    Father Xavier Ekka
  • Raigarh-Ambikapur Health Association:
    Sister Jacintha Tirkey, DSA , c/o. Bishop's House
  • Social Welfare Department:
    Father William Urray, c/o Bishop's House
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (91) 7774-230612; mobile: (91) 9425254493
  • Women Development (Grihni):
    Sister Florentia DSA, c/o. Bishop's House
  • Youth:
    Father Solomon Tirkey

Social Communications

  • Diocesan Newsletter:
    Ambika News

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