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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 Jamshedpur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • B. Ed. Colleges:
    01
  • B. Ed. Colleges-Students:
    75
  • High Schools (10th std.):
    07
  • High Schools (10th std.)-Students:
    14910
  • P. G. Depts. / Colleges:
    01
  • P. G. Depts. / Colleges- Students:
    350
  • Primary Schools:
    43
  • Primary Schools-Students:
    16560
  • Secondary Schools (10+2):
    7
  • Secondary Schools (10+2) -Students:
    2146

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Canonical and Legal Advisers:
    Fr Augustine Kullu, Fr A. Ezhakunnel SJ, Thomas Nelliakunnel SJ.
  • Commission for Faith Formation :
    Fr Valerian Lobo
  • Commission for Land and Legal Matters:
    Fr George Mannarkam
  • Commission for Pontifical Mission Organizations:
    Vicar General, Fr C.R. Prabhu
  • Commission for vocations:
    Fr. Roque Cardoza, Fr Vincent David, Fr Johny P.D., Fr. Eugene Ekka
  • Commission for Youth Apostolate:
    Fr Cornelius Tigga
  • Diocesan Priest’s Forum/Priests Council:
    Fr Edward Kongari, Fr Bipin Pani, Fr George Mannarakam, Fr Edwin Coelho, Fr Hilarius Kongari SJ, Fr C.R. Prabhu, Fr. John Mundu SJ, Fr James Kalapura SJ, Fr Roque Cardoza, Fr Raphael Monteiro, Fr Walter Crasta, Fr Vijayan Menzes ofm cap, Charles Pereira SJ, Fr George Anthony SJ, Fr Emmanuel Horo
  • Eucharistic Crusade:
    Fr Valerian Lobo
  • Labor Relations:
    Fr N Casimir Raj SJ
  • Pontifical Societies:
    Vicar General, Fr C.R. Prabhu

Ecumenism

  • Associations of Jamshedpur:
    Eccl. Advisers: Parish Priests
  • CRI:
    Fr. Vijayan Menzes ofm cap
  • Health Services:
    Fr Bipin Pani
  • Holy Childhood:
    Fr Valerian Lobo
  • Mahila Sangh:
    Eccl. Advisors, Vicar General
  • Social Works:
    Fr Bipin Pani

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