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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 Jashpur

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Activities and Organizations

Social Communications

  • Jyoti and Mukti Communication Centre:
    Father Angelus Minj
    Address: c/o Bishop's House, Kunkuri, 496225, Jashpur Dt., Chhattisgarh (C.G), India
    Phone: (91) 7764- 204002
  • Monthly newsletter:
    Raigarh Jugnu, in Hindi, is edited by Father Emmanuel Kerketta, the vicar general

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools (high and higher-secondary):
    20
  • Basic Training Institute (BTI; Diploma in Teachers' Training) for girls, run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross at Pathalgaon, Raigarh District:
    1
  • Co-education colleges, run by the Jesuits at Kunkuri:
    1
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    38
  • Primary Schools:
    87
  • Secondary (Middle) Schools :
    44

Catholic Social Welfare

  • College students' hostels:
    1
  • Diocesan Jaga Jyoti Pastoral Centre at Ginabahar conducts various pastoral programs:
    Director: Father Gregory Tigga
  • Dispensaries:
    36
  • Homes for the disabled:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    1
  • Nursing institute (run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross):
    1
  • School children's hostels:
    26
  • Socio-economic centers, training centers:
    3
  • Women's training centers (run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross) :
    3

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catholic Sabha (Assembly of Catholics)
  • Christian Living Community (C.L.C.)
  • College of Consulters
  • Cruz Veer (Children's association)
  • Education
  • In-charge of Seminarians
  • Justice and Peace (Social Welfare)
  • Mahila Sangh (Association of Women)
  • Marriage Tribunal
  • Priests' Senate
  • Women's Welfare
  • Word and Worship (Catechetics, Bible and Liturgy)

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