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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.

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Diocese of Kottar

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    2
  • Homes for the elderly:
    4
  • Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries:
    19
  • Hostels for youth:
    13
  • Orphanages:
    15
  • Socio-economic centers:
    562

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Address for all of them:
    Bishop's House, Post Box 17, Nagercoil - 629001,Tamil Nadu, India
  • Basic Christian Communities
  • Children
  • Ecumenism
  • Education
  • Evangelization
  • Family
  • Health
  • Labour
  • Laity
  • Religious
  • SC/ST
  • Social Communication
  • Social Justice and development
  • Vocation
  • Women
  • Word and Worship (Bible, Liturgy, Catechetics)
  • Youth/YCS/YSM

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Carmel III Order
  • Catholic Action Society
  • Catholic Association
  • Christian Life Community
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Franciscan III Order
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Movement for Better World
  • Sacred Heart League
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • Diocese produces Kottar news letter and a magazine called Then Oli
  • Father S. Joseph Jeyaseelan is in charge of the Social Communications Office in Kulithurai:
    Address: Then Aruvi Communications, Theedal, Bridge Ward, Kuzhithurai - 629 163, K.K. District, Tamil Nadu, India
    Website: www.kottardiocese.org
  • Father T. John Rufus is in charge of the Social Communications Office in Kottar:
    Address: Nanjil Natham Communication Centre, Bishop's House, P.B. No. 17, Nagercoil 629 001, K.K. District, Tamil Nadu, India

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    2
  • Colleges -Students:
    1,525
  • Community Colleges:
    3
  • Community Colleges -Students:
    405
  • Engineering Colleges:
    1
  • Engineering Colleges -Students:
    1,426
  • Polytechnic Colleges:
    1
  • Polytechnic Colleges -Students:
    1,065
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    29
  • Post-secondary Schools -Students:
    24,521
  • Primary School:
    77
  • Primary School -Students:
    33,681
  • Secondary School:
    30
  • Secondary School -Students:
    16,484
  • Technical Training Centers:
    4
  • Technical Training Centers -Students:
    439

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