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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 Aurangabad

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
    20
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    2
  • Primary Schools:
    23
  • Technical Schools:
    1

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS Hospice
  • Home for the disabled
  • Home for the elderly
  • Hospitals, clinics:
    10
  • Socio-economic training centers:
    12
  • Youth Hostels:
    11

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Communication
  • Family
  • Liturgy
  • Pastoral Centre
  • Prison Ministry
  • Small Christian Communities
  • Social Work
  • Women
  • Youth

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Nurses Guild

Social Communications

  • Communication Center:
    Father Valerian Fernandez in charge of the communication center, Address: Bishop's House, P.O - Aurangabad Cantt., Aurangabad District, Maharastra -431002, India
  • Monthly Bulletin:
    The diocese publishes a monthly Bulletin in English for priests and Religious

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