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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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Archdiocese of Madurai

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Homes for the disabled:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    28
  • Orphanages:
    19
  • Socio-economic centers:
    4

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • 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

  • Father Antony Rajan is in charge of the social communications office
  • Printing Press:
    St. Augustine's Press, Madurai
    Phone: (91) 452-2736134
  • Printing Press:
    MAVIGA, Madurai
    Phone: (91) 452-2560090

  • The archdiocese publishes a monthly newsletter, DNL, and a monthly newspaper in Tamil, Catholikku Sevai

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Primary Schools:
    123
  • Post-secondary Schools - :
    9,870
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    65,795
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    6
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    47
  • Pre-primary Schools - Students:
    4,650
  • Secondary Schools:
    44
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    55,790

Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Christian Life:
    Convener: Father S. Peter Kulandai
  • Commissions:
    Father S. Peter Kulandai (director, Nobili Pastoral Centre)
    Addresses of all commissions: c/o Nobili Pastoral Centre, Madurai - 625 007, India
    Phone: (91) 452-256 6086
  • Communications:
    Convener: Father Antony Rajan
  • Dialogue :
    Convener: Father A.K. David
  • Ecumenism :
    Convener: Father A.K. David
  • Education :
    Convener: Father M. John Martin
  • Evangelization :
    Convener: Father P. Gandhi Savarimuthu
  • Family Welfare :
    Convener: Sister Selvamani
  • Justice, Development and Peace :
    Convener: Father M Apolin Claret Raj
  • Labor :
    Convener: Father S. A. Pari Valan
  • Laity :
    Convener: Lobo Albert Roy
  • Madurai Multipurpose Social Service Society :
    Convener: Father T.R. Jayabalan
  • Vigilance :
    Convener: Monsignor Z. Joseph Selvaraj
  • Vocation and Seminaries:
    Conveners: Monsignor Z. Joseph Selvaraj and Father Apolin Claret Raj
  • Women :
    Convener: Mrs. Sophia
  • Youth :
    Convener: Father S.A. Pari Valan

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