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Cardinal Cheong

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 Gwalior

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Educational Institutions: 15:
    Total Students: 14,000

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Hospitals:
    St. Joseph's Hospital, Beneficiaries: 600
  • Social Service:
    Father A. David
  • Social Service Centre:
    Gwalior Catholic Seva Samaj

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetic:
    In-Charge: Father Lawrence D'Souza
  • Catholic Association:
    In-Charge: Father Joyce Sebastian, Mr. T.V. Joseph
  • Christian Family Movement:
    In-Charge: Father P. Martin Joseph
  • Communications:
    In-Charge: Father C. Alphonse
  • Council of Catholic Women of India:
    In-Charge: Mrs. Mary Manuel
  • Diocesan Social Service:
    In-Charge: Father A .David
  • Ecumenism:
    In-Charge: Father Vincent Soares
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Vincent Soares
  • Evangelization & Social:
    In-Charge: Father A. David
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Lawrence D'Souza
  • Pontifical Mission Organizations:
    In-Charge: Father C. Alphonse
  • Vocations:
    In-Charge: Father P. Martin Joseph
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Father Sunny Michael

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Vianney Bhawan (Pastoral Center)

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