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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 Poona (Pune)

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Boarding school for girls:
  • Boarding schools for boys:
  • Colleges:
  • High Schools:
  • Higher Secondary Schools:
  • Kindergartens:
  • Middle Schools:
  • National Institute of Open Schools:
  • Primary Schools:
  • Technical Training Institutes:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
  • Homes for destitutes:
  • Homes for the disabled:
  • Homes for the elderly:
  • Hospice for AIDS/HIV patients:
  • Orphanages:
  • Rehabilitation centers:
  • Senior citizens:
  • Socio-economic centers:
  • Youth hostels:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities:
    Father Julian Misquitta
  • Catechetics:
    Sister Teresa Joseph, FMA
  • Centre for Small Christian Communities:
    Address: 78 Dastur Meher Road, Pune 411 001, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26053019
    Director: Father Julian Misquitta
  • Christian Workers Movement:
    Father V. Louis (chaplain)
  • Communications:
    Father Malcolm Sequeira
  • Diocesan Board of Education:
    Address: St. Joseph Boys' High School, Kirkee, Pune 411 003, India
    Secretary: Fatima Oliver
  • Diocesan Catechetical Centre:
    ddress: Don Bosco Youth Centre, 4 Koregaon Park Road, Pune 411 001, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26135261
    Directress: Sister Teresa Joseph, FMA
  • Divine Mercy:
    Father Joe Abraham (diocesan coordinator)
  • Ecumenism:
    Father Lui Heredia
  • Evangelization/Pastoral:
    Father Roque Alphonso
  • Family:
    Father Roque Alphonso
  • Inter-Religious:
    Father Roque Green
  • Justice Peace and Development:
    Father Jeetendra David
  • Labor:
    Father V. Louis (chaplain)
  • Pontificial Mission Organisations:
    Father Lui Heredia
  • Poona Diocesan Corporation Private Limited:
    Address: Bishop's House, 1B, Prince of Wales Drive, Pune 411 001, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26360065, (91) 20-26361318
    Secretary: Father Sebastian D'Mello
  • Poona Diocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal:
    Address: c/o St. Joseph Boys' High School Campus, Kirkee, Pune 411 003, India
    Phone: (91) 20-25822141
    Judicial Vicar: Father Roque Alphonso
  • Poona Diocesan Educational Society:
    Address: Bishop's House, 1B, Prince of Wales Drive, Pune 411 001, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26125008
    Secretary: Father Nelson Machado
  • Poona Diocesan Social Service Society:
    Address: 20 Solapur Road, Pune 411 013, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26870199
    Director: Father Jeetendra David
  • Prison Ministry:
    Father Wilfred Fernandes
  • Social Work:
    Father Jeetendra David
  • Youth:
    Father Joseph Dantas
  • Yuva Niwas (Youth Apostolate):
    Address: 1B Prince of Wales Drive, Pune 411 001, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26331415
    Director: Father Joseph Dantas

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association of Poona
  • Charismatic Prayer Group
  • Ecclesiastical Institutions:
    National Vocation Service Centre
    Address: Matchwel Road, Pune 14, India
    Phone: (91) 20-27030918, (91) 20-27036125
  • Ecclesiastical Institutions:
    Isvani Kendra
    Address: Off Nagar Road, Pune 14, India
    Phone: (91) 20-27033507, (91) 20-27033820
  • Ecclesiastical Institutions:
    Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth
    Address: Ramwadi, Pune 14, India
    Phone: (91) 20-27034968, (91) 20-27034802
  • Education - Professional and Technical:
    Don Bosco Vyawasaik Prashikshan Kendra
    Address: Near St. Andrew's School, Chinchwad, Pune 411 019, India
    Phone: (91) 20-27480202
  • Education - Professional and Technical:
    St. Joseph's Technical Institute
    Address: Shankarshet Road, Pune 411 037, India
    Phone: (91) 20-26450493, (91) 20-26447496
  • Legion of Mary
  • Mahila Mandals
  • Neo-Catechumenates
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sodalities

Social Communications

  • Publications:
    Art India (Indian Christian Art Publications)
    Asian Journal for Priests and Religious
    Asian Journal of Vocation and Formation
    Ishvani Documentation and Mission Digest
    Jnana Deepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies
    Niropya (Marathi Monthly)
    Poona Diocesan Life (English Monthly)
    Prem Marg (English Monthly)
    Youth Frontier

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