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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

  • Centers for people affected by leprosy:
    17
  • Dispensaries:
    82
  • Family apostolate centers:
    7
  • Homes for orphans:
    41
  • Homes for the aged, disabled:
    27
  • Hostels:
    68
  • Socio-economic centers:
    91

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Administrative Committee
  • Committee for Finance and Property
  • Deanery Committee
  • Director of Ecumenism and Dialogue: Diocesan Father Sunil Rozario:
  • Director of Seva Kendra, Kolkata: Diocesan Father Reginald Fernandes:
  • Director of Youth Committee: Diocesan Father Gregory Monteiro
  • Director Social Communications: Father Robin Gomes, SDB
  • Education Committee
  • Notary: Diocesan Father Victor David
  • Pastoral Council
  • Presbyteral Council
  • Social Committee
  • Tribunal

Social Communications

  • Chitra Bani social communications center:
    Director: Father P.J. Joseph, SJ
    Email:[email protected]
  • Newspaper (weekly): The Herald:
    Editor: B.L. Mathai
    Phone: +91 33-2248 1457
    Email: [email protected]
  • Nitika, Don Bosco center for catechesis, animation, social service
  • Production studio for Bengali programs of Radio Veritas Asia

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergartens:
    54
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    32
  • Primary Schools:
    65
  • Secondary Schools:
    63

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