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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 Kothamangalam

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    2
  • Engineering College:
    1
  • High Schools:
    20
  • Kindergarten:
    53
  • Lower Primary Schools:
    51
  • Self-financing colleges:
    1
  • Senior Secondary Schools:
    21
  • Teacher's Training College:
    1
  • Technical Schools:
    6
  • Unrecognized schools:
    4
  • Upper Primary Schools:
    26

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Counseling centers:
    2
  • Dispensaries:
    14
  • Homes for the poor and aged:
    17
  • Hospitals:
    12
  • Hostels:
    11
  • Hostels:
    10
  • Orphanages for boys:
    2
  • Orphanages for girls:
    5
  • Social service units:
    5

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Apostleship of Prayer:
    Father Mathew Ezhanikatt
  • Bible Apostolate:
    Promoter Father Jose Arackel
  • Catechetical Centre:
    Director Father Jose Arackal
  • Family Apostolate:
    Director Father Joseph Kochuparampil
  • Labor Apostolate:
    Father Jacob Thalappillil
  • Social service:
    Director Father Thomas Cheruparampil
  • Vocation Guidance:
    Father Sebastian Thuruthipillil

Social Communications

  • Cherusoonam CML Bulletin
  • Deivarajyam Diocesean Monthly
  • Printing presses:
    3
  • Publications, monthlies:
    2

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