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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Rajkot

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Balwadis ( Play schools ) :
    107
  • College:
    1
  • College--Students:
    1,494
  • Higher Secondary Schools--Students:
    9,655
  • Kindergarten :
    50
  • Kindergartens-Students:
    9,544
  • Non-formal education centers :
    36
  • Primary and Elementary :
    47
  • Primary and Elementary Schools-Students:
    25,653
  • Schools for the disabled :
    6
  • Secondary Schools :
    30

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Ashrams:
    3
  • Boarding for students:
    11
  • Dispensaries:
    18
  • Health Centers:
    18
  • Hermitage:
    1
  • Home for the disabled:
    5
  • Home for the terminally ill:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    5
  • Hostels:
    2
  • Non-formal education centers:
    34
  • Old age homes:
    3
  • Orphanages:
    6
  • Social Welfare Centers:
    34

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical
  • Catechetical
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Third Millenium
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Publications
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Press
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Education
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Family and Apostolate
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Communication and Public Relations
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Finance
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Social Service
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Journal of St. Thomas Christians
  • Education
  • Evangelization
  • Family
  • Laity
  • Media and Social Communications
  • Social Apostolate
  • Youth

Social Communications

  • Communication Center:
    1
  • Press:
    1
  • Publications:
    7

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