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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 Salem

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools:
    13
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students:
    15,000
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    22
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students:
    6,505
  • Primary Schools :
    40
  • Primary Schools-Students:
    3,500
  • Secondary Schools:
    11
  • Secondary Schools-Students:
    2,500

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolates:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    6
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    25
  • Orphanages:
    22
  • Socio-economic centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Community:
    Director: Father Bernard Joseph
  • Bible:
    Director: Father A. Joseph Lazar
  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Clergy:
    Director: Father I. Mariasusai
  • Communication Media:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Coordinator of all Commissions and Associations:
    Director of Diocesan Pastoral Center: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
    Address for all the commissions: Commissions Secretariat, Mary Palace, 63, Thamannan Road, Arisipalayam, Salem - 636 009, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2353038
  • Dialogue and Ecumenism:
    Director: Father Edward Rajan
  • Evangelization:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Family:
    Director: Father S. Solomonraj
  • Health:
    Director: Sister Francina, SMMI
  • Justice and Peace:
    Director: Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Laity:
    Director: Father D. A. Francis
  • Liturgy:
    Director: Father A. Joseph Paulraj
  • Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Castes:
    Director: Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Social Service:
    Director: D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Vocation:
    Director: Father L. David
  • Women:
    Director: Jacintha Rosi
  • Workers:
    Director: Father S. Lourdusamy
  • Youth:
    Director: Father Bernard Joseph

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Diocesan Director of Legion of Mary and Pious Associations:
    Father John Bosco Paul
  • Diocesan Chaplain for the Conference of Religious, India, Salem::
    Monsignor Mariasusai
  • Diocesan Director of Basic Christian Communities:
    Father I. Mariasusai
  • Diocesan Director of Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
    Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Diocesan Director of Eucharistic Crusade and Altar Servers:
    Father Selvam Francis Xavier
  • Diocesan Director of Little way Association:
    Father John Alphonse
  • Diocesan Director of Nurses Guild:
    Father S. Theodore Selvaraj
  • Diocesan Director of Pontifical Mission Society:
    Father Selvam Francis Xavier
  • Diocesan Director of Prison Ministry:
    Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Diocesan Director of University Students - AICUF:
    Father S. Arulappan
  • Diocesan Director of Vincent de Paul Society:
    Father M.S. Martin
  • Diocesan Public Relations:
    Father S. Arulappan
  • Director for Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests:
    Father D. Jeganathan
  • Director of Liturgical Music:
    Father L. David

Social Communications

  • Diocesan printing press:
    Address: Jayarakini press, Shevapet, Salem District - 636002, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2213513
  • Newsletters:
    Mangani Sethigal (Mango News) in Tamil
  • The Communications center:
    Epiphany communication center.
    Father Michaelraj Selvam is in charge of this center now.
    Address: Epiphany Centre, Omalur Main Road, Behind T.V.S., Salem 636009, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2351187
    Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
    www.salemdiocese.org

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