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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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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    7
  • Elementary Schools:
    9
  • High Schools:
    32
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    27
  • Primary Schools:
    36
  • Special Training Centers:
    4
  • University:
    1

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Aids Hospital:
    1
  • Dispensaries:
    3
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Orphanages:
    2
  • Social Service Centre:
    4
  • Youth Centres:
    1
  • Youth Hostels:
    48

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics & Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas
  • Central Pool of Funds:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. George Punnolil
  • Communication & Media:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Victor Renthungo
  • Construction:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Vayalayil
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Jacob Charalel
  • Evangelization:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas
  • Family:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas
  • Health:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. S. Charles
  • Laity:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Neisalhou Carolus
  • Publication & Censor:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Neisalhou Carolus
  • Sharing (Editor):
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Victor Renthungo
  • Small Christian Communities:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas
  • Social Communications:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Lawrence Khing
  • Social Service:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. S. Charles
  • Vocations:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Victor Renthungo
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Rev. Fr. Lawrence Khing

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association
  • Catholic Nurses Guild
  • Catholic Teachers
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Pontifical Mission Aid Societies
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

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