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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 Khammam

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries/ Health centers:
  • Homes for the elderly, disabled:
  • Hospitals:
  • Leprosy Center:
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
  • Social Institutions:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible:
    Director: Father Madanu Raju
  • Commission for Catechetics:
    Director: Father Kanaparthi Prakash
  • Commission for Catechists:
    Director: Father Thappeta Showry
  • Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Director: Father M. Raju
  • Commission for Education:
    Director: Father P. Arul Prakasam
  • Commission for Jyothirmai:
    Director: Father M. Sleevappa
  • Commission for Laity and Family:
    Director: Father Gunda Joannes
  • Commission for Liturgy:
    Director : Father R. Prakash
  • Commission for Ongoing Formation for Priests:
    Director: Father N. Goa Showraiah
  • Commission for Pious Associations:
    Director: Father Gunda Amruthaiah
  • Commission for Pontifical Associations:
    Director: Father A. Shanthi Kumar
  • Commission for Sacred Music:
    Director: Father Korlapati Joji
  • Commission for SC, ST & BC (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes):
    Director: Father Kommu Anthony
  • Commission for Seminary Formation:
    Director : Father Thudum Thomas
  • Commission for Social Communications:
    Director: Father S. Isaac
  • Commission for Vocations:
    Director: Father Guvvala George
  • Commission for Women:
    Director: Father Kommu Anthony
  • Commission for Youth:
    Director: Father Pasala Sampath
  • Development & APSSS (Andhra Pradesh Social Service Society):
    Commission for Social
    Director: Father N. Goa Showraiah
  • Diocesan Boardings Rector :
    Father A. Vincent
  • Diocesan Master of Ceremonies:
    Father Komaravalli Joseph

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Ecclesiastical Institutions

Social Communications

  • Commission for Social Communications:
    Director: Father Surepalli Isaac
    Cell phone: (91) 9440869618
    Email: [email protected]
  • Public Relations Officer:
    Father Kanaparthi Prakash
    Cell phone: 9440667528
  • The diocese has a monthly newsletter

Catholic Educational Institutions

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