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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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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
    3
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    2
  • LP Schools:
    12
  • Technical Institutes:
    2
  • Training Schools:
    1
  • Unaided Schools:
    7
  • UP Schools:
    4

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Home for Aged:
    1
  • Hospitals and Clinics:
    2
  • House for the mentally challenged Children:
    1
  • House for the mentally handicapped Adults:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Aided Schools:
    Correspondent: Father Joseph Kurumpileth
  • Bible Apostolate:
    Director: Father Zacharias Nediyakalayil
  • Catechism:
    Director: Father Varghese Samuel Kizhakkevila
  • Constructions:
    Director: Father Abraham Vavolimepurth
  • Family Apostolate:
    Director: Father Joseph Erattapulickal
  • Human Resources:
    Director: Father Johnson Parackal
  • Malankara Catholic Association:
    Spiritual Advisor: Father Varghese Kuthineth
  • Malankara Catholic Youth Movement :
    Director: Father Varghese Vilayil
  • Media & Publication (PRO):
    Director: Father Daniel Narakathinal
  • Minor Seminary:
    Rector: Father Sebastian Ambasseril
  • Pious Association:
    Director: Father James Elanjicakal
  • Social Apostolate:
    Director: Father Christy Thevallil
  • St. Vincent de Paul Spiritual:
    Advisor: Father Mathew Puthuparambil
  • Unaided Schools:
    Correspondent: Father George Puthenvila

Social Communications

  • Media & Publication (PRO):
    Director: Father Daniel Narakathinal

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