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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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Diocese of Dindigul

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
  • Family apostolates:
  • Homes for the disabled:
  • Homes for the elderly:
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
  • Orphanages:
  • Socio-economic centers:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Anbiams (Basic Christian Communities):
    Convener: Father A. Morris
  • Bible:
    Convener: Father K.A. Arockiasamy
  • Catechetical & Liturgical:
    Convener: Father S. Gabriel Antonysamy
  • Charismatic:
    Convener: Father A. Maria Arputham
  • Dialogue & Ecumenism:
    Convener: Father A. Panneer Selvam
  • Education:
    Convener: Father J.Selvaraj
  • Evangelization:
    Convener: Father S. Devaraj
  • Family & Health:
    Convener: Father S. Stephen Gaspar
  • Justice & Peace:
    Convener: Father Ernest Antonysamy
  • Pious Associations:
    Convener: Father A. Soosai Arockiadoss
  • Pontifical Mission Societies:
    Convener: Father A. Melkie Lawrence
  • Property in-charge:
    Convener: Father S. Amalraj
  • SC/ST & BC (Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes and Backward Castes):
    Convener: Father Joseph Xavier
  • Social Communication:
    Convener: Father R. Maria Louis
  • Vocation:
    Convener: Monsignor K.S. Arockiasamy
  • Women commission:
    Convener: Sister Mary Irene, SSHJ
  • Youth & Labor Convener:
    Father John Napoleon

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Sacred Heart League
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society

Social Communications

  • Diocesan website:
  • Printing Press:
    Address: St. Mary's Press, Beschi College, Dindigul- 624 001, India
  • Social communications office: Father Maria Louis:
    Address: P.B. 62, St. Joseph's Cathedral Campus, Dindigul 624 001, India Email:[email protected]
  • The diocese publishes a newsletter:
    Dindigul Diocesan Newsletter (DDN)
  • The diocese runs a cultural troupe called Dindigul Diocesan Valanar Kalaikottai Kalaikuzu
  • The Jesuits in the diocese publish Narkuranai Veeran and Yesuvin thiru yirudhai Thoothan (Tamil Monthly)

Catholic Educational Institutions

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