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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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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Health Service Center:
    1.Asha Niketan Hospital
    2.Dev Mata Hospital
    3.Karunalaya Dispensary
    4.Kripa Sagar Dispensary
    5.Mother Clara Dispensary
    6.Pilar Mata Dispensary
    7.Pushpa Kalyan Kendra Hospital
    8.Sneha Bhawan Dispensary
    9.St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Health Service Centers:
    9

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catholic Nurses:
    Director: Father Saiju Kolarikkal
  • Christian Life:
    Director: Father Maria Stephen
  • Communication:
    Director: Father Shellmon Antony
  • Education:
    Director: Father Joseph P.P.
  • Formation:
    Director: Father Mathew V.C.
  • Justice & Peace:
    Director: Father Michael Sebastian
  • Laity & Family:
    Director: Father Thomas Panackal
  • Mission Procurator:
    Director: Father Suman Kumar Tirkey
  • PACNI (Pastoral Care of Nomads in India):
    Director: Father Chinnapan
  • Pious Associations:
    Director: Father George Stephen (Spritiual Director)
  • Pontifical Mission & Holy Childhood:
    Director: Father Mathew V.C.
  • Prison Ministry:
    Director: Father Joseph Thannipilly
  • Public Relation Officer:
    Director: Father Anand Muttungal
  • SC & ST (Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe):
    Director: Father Ishwardas Minj
  • Small Christian Communities:
    Director: Father Thomas Panackal
  • Social Services:
    Director: Father Michael Sebastian
  • Syro Malabar Catholics:
    Director: Father Hans
  • Women:
    Director: Dr. Jaya Peter
  • Youth & Jesus Youth:
    Director: Father Shellmon Antony

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Asha Niketan Social Welfare Centre
  • Caritas India Regional Office
  • Cyriac Elias Rural Organisation for Women and Children (CEROWC)
  • Divine Retreat Ashram
  • Divya Vani, Pastoral Centre
  • Madhya Pradesh Samaj Seva Sanstha (MPSSS)
  • Pastoral Animation Centers
  • Poornodaya Training Centre
  • Professional Schools
  • Social Service Centers
  • Socio Pastoral Development Centre
  • St. Joseph's School of Nurses Training Centre

Social Communications

  • Communication Centers:
    1.Navchetana
    2.Navdeep Communications
    3.Sadhana Sanchar
  • Public Relation Officer:
    Director: Father Anand Muttungal

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Catholic Educational Centers:
    18
  • Educational Institutions:
    49
  • Vocational Training Centres:
    4

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