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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 Amravati

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
  • Junior Colleges:
  • Primary Schools:
  • Special Schools:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Homes for the Destitute:
  • Hospitals and Dispensaries:
  • Hostels & Boarding Houses:
  • Social Work Centers:
  • Training Centers:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Health & Catholic Nurses:
    In-Charge: Father K.J. Joseph
  • Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue & Ecumenism:
    In-Charge: Father V. Nelson
  • Commission for Justice, Peace & Social Works:
    In-Charge: Father Jolly
  • Commission for Laity, Small Christian Communities & Family:
    In-Charge: Father A. Arockiasamy
  • Commission for Scheduled Castes /Scheduled Tribes /Backward Classes:
    In-Charge: Father Sanjay Wankhede
  • Commission for Vocations & Social Communications:
    In-Charge: Father Joselyn
  • Commission for Word and Worship:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Thavamony
    (Bible, Catechetics, Liturgy and Proclamation)
  • Commission for Youth:
    In-Charge: Frs. Nelson & Sanjay Bodhak
  • Diocesan CRI Coordinator:
    In-Charge: Brother Nikko
  • Diocesan Women:
    In-Charge: Father Mathew Tiruvath
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Father George V.
  • Pontifical Mission Societies:
    In-Charge: Father Cyriac V.C.
  • Prison Ministry:
    In-Charge: Father Alban Machado

Social Communications

  • Communication Commission:
    Father Joselyn Pancras is in charge of the Communication Commission
    Address: c/o Bishop's House
    Post Box - 224
    Amravati (Camp P.O). 444 602
    Maharashtra, India

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