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Cardinal Cheong

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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Nashik

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Junior Colleges:
    2
  • Primary and Secondary Schools:
    34
  • Technical and non formal schools:
    7

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boardings for boys and girls:
    48
  • Hospitals and Dispensaries:
    14
  • Social economic training centres:
    22

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible
  • Commission for Catechetics
  • Commission for Communication
  • Commission for Liturgy
  • Commission for Vocation
  • Commission for Youth
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue
  • Family Commission
  • Prison Ministry
  • ST, SC & BC Commission

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association
  • Legion of Mary
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • The diocese has a Commission for Communication

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