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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Nellore

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Junior College - Students:
    490
  • Junior Colleges:
    2
  • Pre-primary School - Students:
    75
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    2
  • Primary School - Students:
    3861
  • Primary Schools:
    27
  • Secondary/High School - Students:
    7710
  • Secondary/High Schools:
    22

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospice:
    1
  • Boarding Homes/Orphanages:
    16
  • Dispensaries:
    4
  • Homes for the disabled:
    5
  • Hospitals:
    15
  • Hostels for Youth:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible
  • Commission for Catechetics
  • Commission for Education
  • Commission for Evangelization
  • Commission for Familie
  • Commission for Health
  • Commission for Laity
  • Commission for Liturgy
  • Commission for Social Communications
  • Commission for Vocations
  • Commission for Women
  • Commission for Youth
  • Diocesan Social Service Centre
  • In-charge:
    Father A S Savio
    Address: Catholic Mission, Maddurupadu-524201, Nellore District, India
    Phone: (+86) 26-201125
    Mobile: 09440277784
  • Legion of Mary
  • Marriage Tribunal
  • Pastoral Council
  • Pastoral Projects
  • Prison Ministry
  • Propagation of Faith & Holy Childhood
  • SC, ST, BC Commission (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes)
  • Vincent De Paul Society

Social Communications

  • Commission for Social Communications:
    Director: Father Lourdu Reddy
    Phone: (+86) 1-2345951
  • Newsletter:
    The diocese has a monthly newsletter called "The Little Flower"

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