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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 Gorakhpur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Catholic Diocese of Gorakhpur Education Society:
    St. Joseph's Campus, Civil Lines, University P.O., Gorakhpur - 273 009, U.P., India
    Phone: (91) 551-2201821
    Mobile: 9415038118
    Email: [email protected]
  • Degree College for women:
    1
  • Degree College for women - Students:
    147
  • High School - Students:
    15309
  • High Schools:
    15
  • Inter College - Students:
    11225
  • Inter Colleges:
    8
  • Junior High School - Students:
    696
  • Junior High Schools:
    2
  • Primary School - Students:
    4586
  • Primary Schools:
    8
  • Vocational Training School - Students:
    110
  • Vocational Training Schools:
    5

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boarding for Boys:
    5
  • Boarding for Girls:
    1
  • Dispensaries:
    7
  • Home for the Poor and Dying Destitutes:
    1
  • Leprosy Control and Eradication Center:
    1
  • Maternity Hospitals:
    4
  • Purvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti (PGSS):
    An organization for social service activities in the diocese of Gorakhpur
  • Referral Hospital:
    1
  • Rehabilitation Center for Differently Abled Children:
    1
  • Vocational Training Centers for Girls:
    5
  • Youth Centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible:
    Director: Father Roger Kanjirathumkunnel
  • Communication:
    Director: Father Rajesh Puthussery
  • Coordinator of English Medium Schools:
    Director: Father John Kadaliyil, CST
  • Coordinator of Hindi Medium Schools:
    Director: Father Dominic Panchickalkarottu
  • Coordinator of Major Seminarians:
    Director: Father Sebastian Thundathil
  • Dialogue and Ecumenism:
    Director: Father Theophane Kilianthara, CST
  • Education and Health:
    Director: Father Jose Manjiyil, CST
  • Evangelization, Catechetics and Family:
    Director: Father Cherian Puthussery, CST
  • Liturgy and Laity:
    Director: Father Sebastian Thundathil, CST
  • Media:
    Director: Father Jaison Kunnappally
  • Pontifical Mission Societies:
    Director: Father Jacob Poikathanickal
  • Social Work:
    Director: Father Gibi N. Jose
  • Vocation:
    Director: Father Thomas Kanjiravelil
  • Women:
    Director: Sister Rita Denis, LST
  • Youth:
    Director: Father Benny Manjaly

Social Communications

  • 'Maitri Sandesh' (annual, published by the major seminarians of the diocese)
  • 'Pragati Chinnh' (Hindi quarterly published by PGSS),
  • 'Purvanchal Prabha' (English quarterly published by PGSS)
  • Media and diocesan publication:
    3
  • Printing and training center:
    1

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