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Cardinal Cheong

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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Archdiocese of Changanacherry

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boarding house for street children
  • De-addiction centers:
  • Dispensaries:
  • Homes for the disabled:
  • Homes for the mentally disabled:
  • Hospices:
  • Hospitals:
  • Mental health-care centers:
  • Orphanages:
  • Youth hostels:

Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices -Courses

  • Career Guidance Centre, Changanassery (Bishop Lavigne Centre)
  • Catholic Students
  • Dalit Catholic Youth League
  • Prayer Fraternity Group
  • Youth Bible College
  • Youth Training Programme
  • Yuvadeepti Typing Institute

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • CANA: Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family:
    Phone: (91) 481-423641
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Website: www.cana-johnpaulinstitute.org
  • Marthoma Vidyanikethan (1990):
    Higher Institute of Religious Science for Laity (HIRS)
    Phone: (91) 481-421891
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Missionary Orientation Centre (MOC) (1972):
    Address: Paurastya Vidyanikethan (Institute of Religious Studies for Sisters)

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Professional colleges:
  • Colleges:
  • Higher secondary schools:
  • Boarding schools for boys:
  • Boarding schools for girls:
  • High schools:
  • Pre-primary schools:
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Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices -Apostolate for Children

  • Cherupushpa Mission League
  • Holy Childhood Society
  • Kerala Catholic Students

Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices -Family Apostolate (1973)

  • Dalith Catholic Vanitha Samithi
  • Home Life Institute
  • Jyothis Counselling Centre
  • Kudumba Jyothis (Monthly)
  • Kudumba Jyothis Publications
  • Marriage Preparation Course
  • Mathru Jyothis (1980)
  • Pithru Vedi (1983)
  • Vayojana Vedi (1980)
  • Vivaha Sahaya Nidhi

Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices -Other Associations

  • All Kerala Catholic Congress (1928)
  • Catholic Nurses Guild
  • Catholic Teachers
  • Dalit Catholic Mahajana Sabha (1955)
  • Eastern Catholic Association
  • Eastern Theological Association of India (1997)
  • Ecclesial Association of the Social Animators
  • Franciscan Almaya Sabha
  • Legion of Mary (1940, 1955)
  • Madhya Virudha Samithy
  • Sacerdotal Secular Institute of Apostolic Sodales
  • St Vincent de Paul Society (1947, 1954)

Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices -Youth Apostolate (1972)

  • Yuvadeepti (1972)

Social Communications

  • Catholic publishing houses and publications in the archdiocese

Social Communications -Rashtra Deepika Publications

  • Business Deepika
  • Children
  • Deepika Daily
  • Deepika Weekly
  • Karshakan
  • Kuttikalude Deepika
  • Rashtradeepika
  • Rashtradeepika Cinema
  • Sthreedhanam

Social Communications-Other Publications and Publishing Houses

  • Bible Bhashyam (Vadavathoor)
  • Carmel Publishing House
  • Christian Orient
  • Dukrana
  • HIRS Publications
  • Karmalakusumam (CMI)
  • Kathiroli (Sandesanilayam)
  • Kudumba Jyothis (Family Apostolate)
  • Kudumba Jyothis Publishing
  • Madhyathan (Official Organ)
  • Oruma (Chass)
  • Prathibha
  • Sasthrapadham (SET)
  • Sathyadarsanamala (Vidyanikethan)
  • Sneha Sena (SJ)

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