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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 Simdega

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Vocational Training Institutes :
  • Primary Schools:
  • Primary Schools-Students:
    Girls: 14,759 &
    Boys: 15,433
  • Secondary & post-secondary Schools:
  • Secondary & post-secondary Schools-Students:
    Girls:7,172 & Boys: 6,046

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers, hostels for youth:
    10 (Girls: 5 & Boys: 5)
  • Clinics, dispensaries etc. which provide medical services:
  • Rouse Social Apostolic Centre, Samtoli

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Culture & Development:
    Director:Father Tobias Soreng (Mobile: 9631993832)
  • Evangelization/Formation:
    Director: Father Anand Joseph (Mobile: 9334102653)
  • Mahila Sangh:
    Sr. Bernadette Tigga (DSS) (Mobile: 9431327836), Father Peter Paul Soreng (Mobile: 9973839119)
  • Primary Education:
    Director:Father Marianus Lugun (Mobile: 8986637088)
  • Prison Ministry:
    Director:Father Philmon Ekka (Mobile: 9334326726), Sr. Lizzy (RA) (Mobile: 9905794254)
  • Secondary Division/College:
    Director:Father Ernest Kerketta (Mobile: 9431588033)
  • Youth & Media:
    Director:Father Pater Barla (Mobile: 8002480434)

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Christian Maitri Sangh

Social Communications

  • Fr. Cardon Art-Culture & Research Centre (Newly begun):
    Director: Father Anand Joseph
    Address: Bishop's House, Simdega
    P.O. & Dt. Simdega - 835 223, Jharkhand, India
  • Jharkhand Express :
    (A secular Hindi Fortnightly)
  • Social Communication Office:
    Director: Father Peter Barla
    Mobile: 8002480434

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