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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 Lucknow

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    11
  • Hospitals:
    6
  • Hostels:
    3
  • Orphanages/Homes for the aged and the infirm:
    7
  • Schools for the disabled:
    3
  • Social Communication Commission:
    In-Charge: Father Donald H. R. D Souza
  • The diocese publishes Catholic Life, an English monthly:
    Address: c/o Navintha (Diocesan Pastoral Centre)
    St. Francis College Campus
    Shahnaiaf Road
    Lucknow -226001
    Uttar Pradesh, India
    Phone: +91- 522 3251805

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible, Catechetic and Liturgy :
    In-Charge: Father Alwyn Moras
  • Clergy and Religious :
    In-Charge: Father Andrew D'Cunha
  • Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue :
    In-Charge: Mons. Ignatius D'Souza
  • Education :
    In-Charge: Father Paul Rodrigues
  • Evangelization and Proclamation :
    In-Charge: Father Alphonsus Lobo
  • Justice, Peace & Labor :
    In-Charge: Father Mark Fernandes
  • Laity & Family :
    In-Charge: Father Stany Menezes
  • Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) :
    In-Charge: Father Donald H. R. de Souza
  • Social Comminications :
    In-Charge: Father Donald H. R. De Souza
  • Social Work and Development :
    In-Charge: Father Peter Castelino
  • Women's Desk:

    In-Charge: Mrs Seema Mathews
  • Youth & Vocation :
    In-Charge: Father Elias Cardoza

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association of Lucknow (CAL)
  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (CCRS)
  • Catholic Nurses Guild (CNG)
  • Catholic Youth Association (Lucknow)
  • Friends of Jesus for Children

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Nursing Schools:
    2
  • Degree College:
    1
  • High Schools:
    14
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    25
  • Primary Schools:
    11
  • Technical Colleges:
    3

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