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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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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Primary School - Students:
    4590
  • Primary Schools:
    25
  • Secondary School:
    6
  • Secondary School - Students:
    2705

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    5
  • Father Roy Naduviledan is in charge of the communication center:
    Divine Word School
    Roing-792110, Lower Dibang Valley Dist.
    Arunachal Pradesh, India
    Email: [email protected]
  • Hospital:
    1
  • Orphanages:
    2
  • Socio-economic centers, training centers:
    1
  • Youth centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible:
    In-Charge: Father Paul Maippan
  • Catechetics:
    n-Charge: Father Shaji Valiaparambil SDB and Sr. Milenia SMI
  • Communications:
    In-Charge: Father Roy N. Joseph SVD
  • Construction:
    In-Charge: Mr. George Nedumala
  • Culture:
    In-Charge: Father Theophilus Ganlari SDB
  • Development:
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Sartho SSCC
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Jose Oonnukallel
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Father P.T. George
  • Evangelization:
    In-Charge: Father Jose Michael and Father Vijay Kumar MF
  • Family:
    In-Charge: Father Kurien Joseph
  • Finance and Labour:
    In-Charge: Father Paul Maippan
  • Health:
    In-Charge: Father Kurien Joseph
  • Justice and Peace:
    In-Charge: Father Paul Vilanguparayil
  • Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Thomas Erambil
  • Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Father Thomas Erambil
  • Pontifical Mission Society (PMS):
    In-Charge: Father Joy Manickathan
  • Prison Ministry:
    In-Charge: Father Anto Tharakan
  • Small Christian Communities (S.C.C.):
    In-Charge: Sr. Felicita & Father Alexander
  • Women:
    In-Charge: Sr. Sunita Parmar
  • Youth and Vocation:
    In-Charge: Father P.T. George

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