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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 Sagar

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Diocesan Schools:
    15
  • Religious Congregation Schools:
    14
  • Total Number of Students:
    50,000

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Agriculture Development Program (ADP)
  • Early Childhood and Development Centre Program (ECDC)
  • Education Programs
  • Health Programs
  • Individual Heath Cases (IHC) Program
  • Manav Vikas Seva Sangh:
    Father Anto Kannampuzha
    Address: Bararu, Ginda Bararu,Sagar M.P. 470 001, India
    Phone: +91 7582-329225
    Mobile: 09425451378
  • Other Child Feeding (OCF)
  • Safe Motherhood and Child Survival Program (SMCS)
  • School Feeding(SF)
  • Social Communications:
    Father Michael Palamparambil
    Address: c/o Catechetical Department
    Address: Bishop's House,
    P.B. No. 32,
    Sagar Cantt, M.P.470001, India
    Phone: +91 7580-222633

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible & Liturgy:
    Father Michael Palamparambil
    Father Johnson Koovely
    Father John Patrick
  • Catechetics :
    Director: Father Michael Palamparambil
    Asst. Director: Father Johnson Koovely
  • Commission for Evangelization:
    Father Paul Pallipadan CMI
    Father James Kadavy
    Father Selvichan John
  • Dept. for SC/ST/OBC :
    Father Stephan Panna
  • Diocesan Bulletin:
    Father Santo Pullan
  • Diocesan Family and Laity Commission:
    Father Paul Kottaram VC
    Address: Family & Laity Commission
    c/o Bishop's House,
    P.B. No. 32,
    Sagar Cantt. 470 001, India
    Phone: +91 7582 - 270017
    Mobile: 9753572327
  • Diocesan Website :
    Father Shaju Devassy
  • Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Director: Father Thomas Lal Pathil
    Asst. Director: Father Philip Alummoottil
  • Education :
    Father Thomas Attummel
  • Family and Laity :
    Director: Father Paul Kottaram VC
    Asst. Director: Father Manoj Toppo
  • Health Ministry:
    Sr. Dr. Jisa David SJ
  • Justice & Peace:
    Father John Patrick
    Father James Kadavi
  • Land and Construction:
    Father Sabu Puthenpurackal
    Father Robin Pullokaran
    Father Antony Payyapilly
  • Media and Proclamation:
    Father Joseph Arikkat
    Father Paul Pallipadan CMI
  • Pontifical Mission Organization:
    Father Paul Pallipadan CMI
  • President of Diocesan CRI:
    Sr. Karuna CSSE
  • Prison Ministry :
    Sr. Preeti SJ
  • Public Relation (PRO):
    Father Thomas Lal Pathil
    Father Thomas Philip
  • Social Apostolate:
    Father Anto Kannampuzha
  • Vocation Promotion:
    Father Joselee Cyrakkove
    Father Sinto Maliekel
  • Women's Commission :
    Sr. Darshana CMC
  • Youth:
    Director: Father Ajo Thomas
    Asst. Director: Father Joshy Eriattupadayatty

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