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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 Diphu

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    12
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Hostels for youth:
    37
  • Socio-economic centers:
    3
  • Youth Centres:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible and Catholic Literature:
    In-Charge: Father John Timung
  • Catechists:
    In-Charge: Father Augustus Barla
  • Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Tom Mangattuthazhe
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Father Robinson Teron
  • Evangelization:
    In-Charge: Father Mathew Thomas
  • Health:
    In-Charge: Father Thankachan Joseph
  • Laity:
    In-Charge: Father John Timung
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Jobby Muppathiyil
  • Media:
    In-Charge: Father Dominic Teron
  • Peace and Justice:
    In-Charge: Father Vinod Chamakalayil
  • SC Communities:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Nedumpettil
  • Vocations:
    In-Charge: Father Tom Magattuthazhe
  • Women:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Lucia Teronpi
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Father Saji Kaduvapparayil

Social Communications

  • Fr. Dominic Teron is in charge of the Communication Commission
  • The diocese runs a centre called Catholic Literature centre

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post- Secondary Schools - Students:
    153
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    12
  • Pre-Primary Schools - Students:
    3,860
  • Secondary Schools:
    25
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    5,697
  • Post- Secondary Schools:
    2
  • Primary Schools:
    20
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    6,059

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