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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 Palghat

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges :
    3
  • Creches:
    3
  • High Schools:
    39
  • Lower Primary Schools :
    77
  • Nurseries:
    93
  • Parallel Colleges:
    4
  • Senior Secondary Schools:
    22
  • Upper Primary Shools:
    53

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    7
  • Homes for physically challenged:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    16
  • Old age homes:
    10
  • Orphanages:
    17
  • Schools for mentally challenged:
    7
  • Social Centers:
    29

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Association - Pious:
    Altar Boy's Association
  • Bible Apostolate:
    Fr. Mathew Vazhayil (Promoter)
  • Caritas India:
    Fr. Abraham Palathinkal
  • Catechetical Centre:
    Fr. Mathew Vazhayil (Director)
  • Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Fr. George Theruvankunnel (Director)
  • Editor, Rupatha Bulletin:
    Fr. Shyju Naduvathaniyil
    Phone: (491) 2515277
    Mobile: 9447261643
  • Family Apostolate:
    Fr George Narikuzhi
    (Director)
  • Mar Joseph Irimpen Memorial Trust:
    Monsignor Joseph Chittilapilly(President)
  • Marian Jubilee Memorial Educational Trust:
    Fr. Tenson Thanickal (Secretary)
  • Media of Communication:
    Fr Jaison Kollannur (Director)
  • People's Servive Society, Palakkad:
    Fr. Abraham Palathinkal (Secretary)

    Email:[email protected]:www.startpssp.com
  • People's Servive Society, Palakkad:
    Monsignor Joseph Chittilapilly (President)
  • Public Relation Officer:
    Fr Johnson Veppattuparambil
    Address: St. Joseph's Church, Olavakode P.O., Palakkad - 678 009, India
    Phone: (491) 2555438
    Mobile: 9447046599
  • Save a Family Plan:
    Fr. Abraham Palathinkal (Director)
  • Sick Care Apostolate:
    Fr. Dominic Aippenparambil (Treasurer)
  • Sick Care Apostolate:
    Monsignor Joseph Chittilapilly (President)
  • Social Action:
    Fr. Abraham Palathinkal (Director)
  • St. Joseph's Priest's Welfare Fund:
    Fr. Joy Cheekapara
  • St. Joseph's Priest's Welfare Fund:
    Msgr. Joseph Chittilapilly
  • Vocation Bureau:
    Fr. Tenson Thanickal (Promoter)

Social Communications

  • Printing presses:
    3
  • Publications, monthlies

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