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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 Bettiah

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Health centers and dispensaries:
    18
  • Homes for the disabled:
    2
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
    4
  • Training centers:
    10

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catholic Mahila Sangh (women:
    Sister Mukta, SSH
  • Couples for Christ:
    Mr. Victor Cherubim
  • Diocesan Biblical Commission:
    Father Tobias Toppo
  • Diocesan Catechetical Commission:
    Father Jerome F. Durack, SJ
  • Diocesan Commission for Book Censorship:
    Father Jerome F. Durack, SJ
  • Diocesan Commission for Catholic Charismatic Movement:
    Father Deepak D'Mello, SJ
  • Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism:
    Father Sampath Jayaprakash
  • Diocesan Commission for Education:
    Father Cyriac Poovakot, SJ
  • Diocesan Commission for Faith Formation:
    Father C. A. Moses
  • Diocesan Commission for Health Apostolate:
    Sister Elise, SSH
  • Diocesan Commission for Inter Faith Dialogue:
    Father Paul Joseph and Father Fulgence Tigga
  • Diocesan Commission for Land Matters:
    Father Berty Paul
  • Diocesan Commission for Liturgy:
    Father Fulgence Tigga
  • Diocesan Commission for Pontifical Mission Organizations:
    Father Berty Paul
  • Diocesan Commission for Small Christian Communities:
    Father C.A. Moses
  • Diocesan Commission for Social Communications:
    Father Finton Sah
  • Diocesan Commission for Socio Economic Development:
    Mr. James Seraphim
  • Diocesan Commission for Vocations:
    Father Henry Fernando, Father Fulgence Tigga and Father Finton Sah
  • Diocesan Commission for Youth Apostolate:
    Father Henry Fernando and Father Fulgence
  • Eucharistic Crusade:
    Father Berty Paul
  • Jesus Youth:
    Mr. Kevin Clarence
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul:
    Mr. Lawrence Raphael and Mr. James Seraphim
  • Young Christian Students Movement:
    Father Henry Fernando

Social Communications

  • Monthly diocesan newsletter:
    Chatra Chaya (Hindi)
  • Public Relations Office:
    Father Joy Karayampuram, SJ
    K.R. High School Campus, Bettiah - 845 438, West Champaran Dt., Bihar
    Phone: (91) 6254-237042
  • Social Communication Commission:
    Father Finton Sah
    Catholic Church, Khalpura - 841 211, Chapra, Saran Dt., Bihar
    Phone: (91) 6152-273240

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Primary Schools :
    22
  • Primary Schools-Students :
    17,000
  • Kindergartens:
    3
  • Kindergartens-Students:
    225
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    1
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students:
    552
  • Secondary Schools :
    12
  • Secondary Schools-Students :
    14,500

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