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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 Coimbatore

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post Secondary Schools:
    20
  • Colleges:
    2
  • Community Colleges:
    1
  • Pre-Primary Schools :
    --
  • Primary Schools:
    29
  • Secondary Schools :
    38
  • Technical Schools:
    1

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    16
  • Family apostolates:
    1
  • Home for the elderly:
    3
  • Homes for the disabled:
    6
  • Hostels for youths:
    3
  • Orphanages:
    5
  • Socio-economic centers:
    25
  • Youth centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Evangelization:
    Father Aloysius Xavier
  • Basic Christian Communities:
    Father Victor Paulraj
  • Bible:
    Father I. Jacob
  • Cathechism:
    Father Aloysius Xavier
  • Catholic Association:
    Father Maria Pappu
  • Clergy :
    Father Amalraj
  • Communication:
    Father Aloysius Xavier
  • Diocesan Pastoral Centre:
    Father Aloysius Xavier
  • Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Father Antony Samy
  • Education:
    Father M. Gurusamy
  • Family:
    Father Pushpanathan
  • Labor:
    Father John Paul Vincent
  • Laity:
    Father Maria Irudhaynathan
  • Legal Cell :
    Father John Joseph Stanis
  • Liturgy :
    Father Aloysius Xavier
  • Peace and Justice:
    Father Kennedy
  • Pious Associations:
    Father M. Maria Antony
  • Prayer Groups:
    Father George Dhanasekar
  • Prison Ministry:
    Father Louis
  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes:
    Father Kennedy
  • Vocation :
    Father Maria Mudiappan
  • Young Christian Students:
    Father Maria Soosai
  • Youth :
    Father A. Maria Joseph

Social Communications

  • Diocesan website:
    www.coimbatorediocese.com
  • Monthly Magazine:
    Kovai Thuthan (Tamil), Coimbatore News letter (English)
  • Press:
    Address: AARESI, St. Mary's Press, Karumathampatty, Coimbatore 638 659, India
    Phone: (91) 421-2334257
  • Social Communications Office (This office is situated in the Pastoral Centre):
    Father Aloysius Xavier

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