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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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Archdiocese of Patna

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
  • Homes for the elderly, disabled:
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
  • Orphanages:
  • Socio-economic centers, centers for job training:

Social Communications

  • Cultural center:
    Ravi Bharati , An Audio Visual and Cultural center, Patna
  • Cultural centers:
  • Public relations office:
    Father Gyan Prakash
    Address: Archbishop's House, Bankipur, Patna 800 004, Bihar, India
  • Social Communication Commission:
    Father Arun Ignatius, S.J. (in charge), Ravi Bharati
    Address: P.O. Sadaquat Ashram, Patna 800 010, Bihar, India
    Phone: (91) 612-2263455
  • The archdiocese has the following publications:
    (1)Sandesh (Monthly) Messenger of the Sacred Heart, Prabhat Prakashan, Patna
    (2)Crus Vir (Eucharistic Crusade), Prabhat Prakashan, Digha Ghat, Patna
    (3)Patna Jesuits (Quarterly), St. Xavier's, Gandhi Maidan West, Patna
    (4)Ganga Lahar, Patna

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
  • Colleges - Students:
  • Primary Schools:
  • Primary Schools - Students:
  • Kindergartens:
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  • Post-secondary Schools:
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  • Secondary Schools:
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Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical Commission:
    Father James Amakatt (Convenor)
  • Catechetical Commission:
    Father James Amakatt (Convenor)
  • Catechetical Commission::
    Father James Amakatt (Convenor)
  • Commission for Basic Christian Communities:
    Father Jose Edavazhy
  • Commission for Book Censorship::
    Father Joseph Pulickal S.J.
  • Commission for Catholic Women Leadership:
    Sister Rositta, SSH
  • Commission for Charismatic Renewal:
    Father George Karamayil, S.J.(Convenor),
  • Commission for Construction:
    Father Devasia Chirayil
  • Commission for Education:
    Father Jacob Muthuplackal
  • Commission for Formation of Seminarians:
    Father Martin Anand
  • Commission for Justice, Development and Peace:
    Father Sebastian Kallupura (Convenor)
  • Commission for Land and Legal Matters:
    Father Davasia Chirayil
  • Commission for Liturgy:
    Father James Amakatt (Convenor)
  • Commission for Mother Child Health Care:
    Sister Angela, DSA
  • Commission for Pontifical Mission Organizations:
    Father Andrews Thambi
  • Commission for Social Communications:
    Father Arun Ignatius, S.J.,(Convenor)
  • Commission for Vocations:
    Father Martin Anand (Convenor)
  • Commission for Youth Apostolate:
    Father Antony Samy
  • Eucharistic Crusade::
    Father Thomas Vettukattil
  • Inter-Diocesan Marriage Tribunal of Patna, Muzaffarpur and Bettiah dioceses::
    Father James Amakatt, Father George Theruvan, Father Anthony Panangatt, Father Jerome Durack,
    S.J., Father Thomas Athazhapadam, S.J. (Judges)
  • Pastoral Council:
    Father James Amakatt (Secretary)

Other organizations active in the archdiocese

  • All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF):
    Father Antony Samy, Animator
  • Christian Welfare Association:
    Father Vincent Francis, S.J., Spiritual Advisor
  • Crus Vir (Eucharistic Crusade):
    Father Thomas Vettukattil, Animator
  • Mahila Sangh:
    Sister Rosetta, SSH, directress
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society::
    Father Vincent Francis, S.J., Spiritual Advisor
  • Young Christian Students (YCS):
    Father Antony Samy, Animator

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