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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.

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Diocese of Balasore

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
  • Middle Schools:
  • Primary Schools:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Communication centers:
  • Cultural centers:
  • Dance and music schools:
  • Health centers:
  • Home for the aged:
  • Homes for physically disabled:
  • Hospitals:
  • Hostels:
  • Schools for mentally disabled:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical Apostolate:
    In-Charge: Father J. Antony
  • Catechetics:
    In-Charge: Father Jacob Kallupurackal
  • Communications:
    In-Charge: Father Tom Mannukunnel
  • Community Health:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Pushpa Minz
  • Developmental Work:
    In-Charge: Father Jojo Chakalamattam
  • Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Francis Puthenthayil, CM
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Father Jose Aresseril
  • Family/Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Saji Karathankal
  • Holy Childhood:
    In-Charge: Father Varghese Panegadan
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Biju Azakulathil
  • Public Relation Office:
    In-Charge: Father Tom Mannukunnel
  • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe:
    In-Charge: Father Cyprian Lakara
  • Seminarians:
    In-Charge: Father Laurance Thalikulam
  • Seminarians:
    Father Laurence
  • Small Christian Community:
    In-Charge: Father Jose Aresseril
  • Vocation:
    In-Charge: Frs. Sangaram Murmu, Kuriakose Mambrakatt
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Father Kuriakose Mambrakatt

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Altar Boys
  • Holy Childhood
  • Jesus Youth
  • Legion of Mary
  • Marian Youth
  • St. Vincent De Paul

Social Communications

  • Balasore Deepti:
    The diocese publishes an english newsletter, Balasore Deepti.
  • Social Communication Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Tom Mannukunnel

    Director: Father Tom Mannukunnel
    Address: Utkal Vani Cultural Centre
    Kalidaspur, Haripur - P.O.
    Balasore -03, India
    Phone: +91 6782266725
    Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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