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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 Jhabua

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    12
  • Home for the Aged:
    1
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Leprosy Centres:
    2
  • School for deaf & dumb:
    1
  • TB recuperation center:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible and Liturgy: Father Raju Mathew
  • Building Committee Incharge: Father Thomas Marattil
  • Catholic Charismatic Ministry: Father Raju Mathew
  • CHAMP Local Unit President: Sr. Lissy CSSE
  • Coordinator for Scholarships of Students: Father William Baria
  • Coordinator of Mata Maria Samiti: Sr. Matilda SJSS
  • Coordinator of Pontifical Mission Society:Father Mathias Bhuriya
  • Diocesan Health Coordinator: Sr. Anita SJSS
  • Director of Apostolic Union of Clergy: Father Sylvester Meda
  • Director of Catechetics:
    Father Raju Mathew
  • Director of Ecumenism and Dialogue: Father John Peter Kujur
  • Director of Family and Christian Life: Father Thomas P.T.
  • Director of Seminarians & Formation: Father Anil Kerketa
  • Director of Social Works: Father Anthon Kattara
  • Director of Youth Commission: Father Mathew Kattara SDB
  • Editor of Diocesan Newsletter: Father Anthon Kattara
  • Employees Welfare Committee: Father Thomas P.A
  • Holy Childhood Animator:Father Mathew Kattara SDB
  • Hostel Steering Committee Incharge: Father Basil Bhuria
  • Joint Secretary of Priests Council: Father Anil Kerketta
  • Justice, Peace and Development Commission: Father Anthon Katara
  • Media and Communication: Father Mahimairaj
  • Member of Marriage Tribunal: Father Lawrence S
  • Prison Ministry Coordinator: Father Anthon Katara
  • Project Selection Committee: Father Anthon Kattara
  • Public Relation Officer (PRO): Father Joseph Thayil
  • School of Excellence: Father Leslie
  • Secretary of Education Commission: Father Stephen V T
  • Secretary of Priests Council: Father Stephen V.T
  • Vehicle Committee: Father Thomas P.A

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Vocational Training Centres:
    2
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    6
  • Middle Schools:
    13
  • Primary Schools:
    23
  • High Schools:
    8

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