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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 Tiruchirapalli

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolates:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    10
  • Homes for the elderly:
    4
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    20
  • Hostels for youths:
    28
  • Orphanages:
    15
  • Socio-economic centers:
    10

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Dialogue and Ecumenism
  • Education
  • Evangelization
  • Family
  • Labor
  • Laity
  • Legal Cell and Political Awareness
  • Liturgy
  • Peace and Justice
  • Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Castes
  • Social Communication
  • Social Work
  • Vocation
  • Youth

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catechetical
  • Charismatic Movement
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Clergy
  • Franciscan Third Order
  • Legion of Mary
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Youth Movement

Social Communications

  • Father K. Charles is in charge of social communications.
  • Press:
    St. Joseph's Institute of Printing, 49, Bharathiar Salai, Tiruchirapalli - 620001, India
    Phone: (91) 0431-2411788
  • The diocese publishes a monthly magazine in English called Clergy News
  • The Diocese runs Kalaikaveri, a fine arts college specializing in dance drama.

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary schools:
    28
  • Pre-Primary schools:
    4
  • Primary schools:
    52
  • Secondary schools:
    51
  • Colleges:
    4
  • Technical schools:
    23

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