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Diocese of Port Blair

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Nursery Schools:
    Sagritara Nursery School
    Address: c/o Stella Maris Cathedral
    P.O. Haddo, Port Blair
    A & N Islands - 744 102, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 246177
    St. Xavier's Nursery School
    Address: Pilar Fathers
    P.O. Junglighat
    Port Blair - 744 103
    A & N Islands, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 233509
    St. Joseph's Nursery School
    Address: c/o St. Joseph's Church
    Campbell Bay P.O. Great Nicobar
    A & N Islands - 744 302, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 264064
    St. Joseph's Nursery School
    Address: Prothrapur
    P.O. Calicut, Port Blair
    Pin No. 744 105
    South Andaman, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 261515
    St. Joseph's Nursery School
    Address: Diary Farm
    P.O. Junglighat, South Andaman, India
    Mobile: 9434278185
  • Primary Schools:
    Sagritara Primary School
    Address: P.O. Haddo, Port Blair
    A & N Islands - 744 102, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 232515
    St. Xavier's Primary School
    Address: P.O. Mayabunder, North Andaman
    A & N Islands - 744 204, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 273573
    St. Xavier's Primary School
    Address: Manarghat
    P.O. Wimberlygunj
    South Andaman - 744 102, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 255510
  • Senior Secondary Schools:
    Nirmala Senior Secondary School
    Address: P.O. Haddo, Port Blair
    A & N Islands - 744 102, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 232915
    Carmel Senior Secondary School
    Address: P.O. Haddo, Port Blair
    A & N Islands - 744 102, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 230411

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    Pilar Health Dispensary, Rangat
    Navdeep Dispensary, Ferrargunj
    Deen Bandu Dispensary, Adajig
    Ursuline Dispensary, Wimberlygunj
    Ursuline Dispensary, Hutbay
    St. Anne Dispensary, Sundargarh, Baratang
    St. Anne Dispensary, Mayabunder
    Gnana Mata Dispensary, Katchal
  • Homes for the elderly:
    Nirmal Hriday Old Age Home, Diglipur
  • Hospitals:
    Pilar Health Centre, Port Blair (schsa )
  • Hostels:
    Nirmala Boys' Hostel, Port Blair
    Nirmala Girls' Hostel, Port Blair
    Kishori Sashaktikaran, Port Blair
    Kishori Sashaktikaran, Mayabunder
    Girls' Hostel, Magarnala, Diglipur
    Working Women's Hostel, Bhatu Basti
  • Orphanage:
    Nirmala Sishu Bhavan, Port Blair
  • Socio Economic Training Centres:
    Don Bosco Institute of Youth Advancement
    Address: A & N Islands (DIYAA)
    Dhanikhari Village, Chouldari
    South Andaman - 744 103
    A & N Islands, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 289380

    Kishori Sashaktikaran Kendra
    Address: c/o Stella Maris Cathedral
    P.O. Haddo, Port Blair
    A & N Islands - 744 102, India
    Phones: +91 3192 - 246177

    Kishori Sashaktikaran Kendra
    Address: c/o St. Thomas Church
    P.O. Mayabunder, North Andaman
    A & N Islands - 744 204, India
    Phone: +91 3192 - 216661

    Sagritara Computer Institute, Port Blair

    St. Ignatius Computer Institute, Diglipur

    St. Joseph Computer Institute, Kalighat

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible & Catechetics:
    In-Charge: Father Maria Benziger Gabriel
  • Commission for Ecumenism:
    In-Charge: Father Visuvasam Selvaraj
  • Commission for Education:
    In-Charge: Father Albinus Barla
  • Commission for Family and Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Dharampal Tirkey
  • Commission for Health:
    In-Charge: Father Dharampal Tirkey
  • Commission for Social Communications:
    In-Charge: Father Dharampal Tirkey
  • Commission for Women:
    In-Charge: Father Denzil Martins, SFX
  • Commission for Youth:
    In-Charge: Father David Jesu Manickam, SDB
  • Commissions for Inter-Religious Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father Maria Benziger Gabriel
  • Liturgy and Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
    In-Charge: Father Johnson D`Cruz

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Andaman and Nicobar Catholic Association
  • Andaman and Nicobar Catholic Maha-Sabhai
  • Andaman and Nicobar Maha-Mahila Sangh
  • Andaman and Nicobar Youth Movement and Action (ANYMA )
  • Bal Sangh (Crus Vir)
  • Maria Sena (Legion of Mary)

Social Communications

  • Communication Commission:
    In charge: Father Dharmapal Tirkey
  • Newsletter:
    The diocese publishes a quarterly Newsletter called Dweep Tarangini in Hindi and English language

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