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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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Diocese of Purnea

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Pre-Primary Schools:
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students:
  • Primary Schools:
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  • Secondary Schools:
  • Secondary Schools-Students:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Elderly homes:
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
  • Hostels for youth:
  • Orphanages:
  • Socio-economic centres:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics:
    Father Paschal Bara (Phone: 09431206437)
  • Communication:
    Father Francis Tirkey (Phone: 09431230787)
  • Dialogue:
    Father Stephen Kerketta (Phone: 09431866405)
  • Education :
    Father Anil Lugun (Phone: 09430582091)
  • Faith/Evangelization:
    Father Paschal Bara (Phone: 09431206437)
  • Health:
    Sr. Cecilia O.S.U
  • Liturgy:
    Father Paschal Bara (Phone: 09431206437)
  • Peace & Justice:
    Father Rajender Beck (Phone: 09430687434)
  • Social:
    Father Francis Tirkey (Phone: 09431230787)
  • Vocations:
    Father Paschal Bara (Phone: 09431206437)
  • Women:
    Sr. Dr. Eliza S.R.A
  • Youth:
    Father Celestine Kujur (Phone: 09430687851)

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association
  • Catholic Sabha
  • Holy Childhood
  • Mahila Sangh
  • Maria Marg
  • Teachers team
  • Youth Christian Student/Young Students Movements (Y.C.S./Y.S.M.)

Social Communications

  • Diocesan newsletter:
    Diocese of Purnia

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