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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 Kumbakonam

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Homes for the disabled:
    2
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries:
    35
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
    24
  • Socio-economic centers:
    2
  • Youth centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible:
    Convener: Father Philip Santiago
  • Commission for Communication:
    Convener: Father A. Lawrence
  • Commission for Evangelization:
    Convener: Father Philip Santiago
  • Commission for Liturgy and Catechetics:
    Convener: Father A. Francis
  • Commission for Vocation:
    Convener: Father G. Christuraj
  • Commission for Youth:
    Convener: Father T. Xavier
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue:
    Convener: Father A. Francis
  • Education Commission:
    Convener: Father S. Susai Nathan
  • Family Commission:
    Convener: Father A. Lawrence
  • Justice, Peace & Development:
    Convener: Father A. Martin De Porres
  • Labor Commission:
    Convener: Father Peter Arockiadoss
  • Laity Commission:
    Convener: Father Philip Santiago
  • Pious Associations:
    Convener: Monsignor Peter Francis
  • ST, SC & BC Commission:
    Convener: Father A. Martin De Porres

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Altar boys Association
  • Catholic Association
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Franciscan III Order
  • Holy Childhood
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Sacred Heart League
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • Beschi Communication Center:
    Address: Bishops House, P.B.No.3, Kumbakonam - 612 00, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Father Lawrence A. is in charge of the communication center
  • St. Joseph's Press
  • The diocese publishes a monthly magazine in Tamil called Annaiyin Arutsudar (Grace of Our Blessed Mother)
  • Website:
    www.dioceseofkumbakonam.org

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Secondary Schools:
    43
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    38,268
  • Colleges:
    1
  • Colleges - Students:
    800
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    8
  • Post-secondary Schools - Students:
    7,568
  • Primary Schools:
    66
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    33,363

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