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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 Gulbarga

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • B. Ed. College:
    1
  • D. Ed. College:
    2
  • High Schools:
    12
  • Nursery Schools:
    18
  • Pre-university Colleges (10+2):
    6
  • Primary Schools:
    23
  • Technical Schools (boys):
    2
  • Technical Schools (girls):
    2

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    10
  • Home for the Disabled and Destitutes:
    1
  • Home Science (Grahini Kendra):
    4
  • Hospitals:
    1
  • Hostels/Boarding:
    16
  • Mobile Clinics:
    1
  • Non formal education centers:
    8
  • School for the Disabled:
    1
  • School for the Dropouts:
    8
  • Self Help Groups (SHG):
    more than 1000
  • Social Service Centers:
    4

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Child Sponsorship Programme:
    In-Charge: Father Fredrick D'Souza
  • Commission for Bible and Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Gerald Sagar
  • Commission for Catechism:
    In-Charge: Father Sunil Andrade
  • Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Victor Machado
  • Commission for Education:
    In-Charge: Father Santhosh Dias
  • Commission for Evangelization and Proclamation:
    In-Charge: Father Anil Prasad
  • Commission for Justice and Development:
    In-Charge: Father Jagadish Pinto
  • Commission for Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Robert Crasta
  • Commission for Small Christian Communities:
    In-Charge: Father Clary D'Souza
  • Commission for Social Communication:
    In-Charge: Father Anil Crasta
  • Commission for Women:
    In-Charge: Sister Gladys CSST
  • Coordinator of Commissions:
    Father Victor Machado
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Conference of Catholic Religious of India (CRI): Sister Mable DHM
  • Diocesan Offices:
    'Seva Sangam' - Diocesan social development NGO for integral rural development: Father Jagadish Pinto
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Gulbarga Diocese Education Society (GDES): Father Ivan J. Santhosh Dias
  • Diocesan Offices:
    'Sujnana' - Diocesan Pastoral Centre
  • Diocesan Offices:
    'Yuvachethana' - Youth Centre for Gulbarga Diocese: Father Michael SDB
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council:
    In-Charge: Rayappa Reddy
  • Family Life Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Roque Naveen D'Souza
  • Formation:
    In-Charge: Monsignor Leo Veigas
  • Health Commission:
    In-Charge: Sister Helen Monteiro UFS
  • Holy Childhood Commission:
    In-Charge: Father David D'Souza
  • Pontifical Mission Society:
    In-Charge: Father Stany Lobo
  • Prison Ministries:
    In-Charge: Sister Ida SSpS
  • Vocation:
    In-Charge: Father Clary D'Souza
  • Youth Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Michael SDB

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Alter Boys and Girls Association
  • Ashadeepa Programme for Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Ashakirana Programme for HIV/AIDS Awareness and Counseling
  • Catholic Lay People
  • Catholic Women Cells
  • Holy Childhood Association (Yesu Balara Sabhe)
  • Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM)
  • Juvenile Ministry
  • Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights (KUCFHR)
  • Missing Child Helpline
  • Prison Ministry India
  • Women Federations (Mahila Maha Sanhe and Mahila Mahasangha)
  • Young Christian Students/ Young Students Movement (YCS/YSM)

Social Communications

  • :
    Tri-monthly diocesan bulletin in Kannada
  • :
    A Centre for Social Communications and Public Relations
  • :
    Diocesan Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue
  • :
    Tri-monthly bulletin for social development in Kannada

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