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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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Archdiocese of Trivandrum (S)

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    2
  • High School aided:
    6
  • High School unaided:
    14
  • Higher Secondary Schools aided:
    3
  • Higher Secondary Schools unaided:
    9
  • Lower Primary Schools aided:
    19
  • Lower Primary Schools unaided:
    41
  • Nursery:
    46
  • Technical Training School:
    1
  • Upper Primary Schools aided :
    13
  • Upper Primary Schools unaided:
    21

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boarding house:
    1
  • Boys Homes:
    2
  • Dispensaries:
    1
  • HIV rehabilitation Centers:
    2
  • Home for the sick:
    1
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Hostels Boys:
    2
  • Hostels Girls:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Clergy Commission:
    Secretary:Father Thomas Puthuparambil
  • Education Commission:
    Secretary: Father Mathew Manakarakavil
  • Evangelization:
    Secretary: Corepiscopo Geevarghese Mannickarott
  • Pastoral Co-ordinator:
    Father Kurian Valuparampil
  • Theology & Publication:
    Secretary: Father Thomas Kuzhinapurath

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Bible Apostolate:
    Director: Father Kurian Valuparampil
  • DCMS & Labour & Anti-Alcoholic Movement:
    Director: Father John Areeckal
  • Director of Catechism:
    Father Thomas Mukulumpurath
  • Ecumenism & Inter-Religious Dialogue:
    Director: Father Daniel Charuvil
  • Family Apostolate:
    Director: Father Joseph Venamanath
  • Health Services:
    Director: Father Jose Kizhakkedath
  • Malankara Catholic Association (MCA):
    Spiritual animator: Father Hormis Puthenveettil

    President: Thomas Cherian
  • Malankara Catholic Children:
    Director: Father Thomas Mukulumpurathu
  • Malankara Catholic Teacher:
    Director: Father Thomas Poovannal
  • Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM):
    Director: Father Bernard Valiyavila
  • Mathrusangam:
    Director: Father Joseph Venmanath
  • Media:
    Director: Father Wilson Thattaruthundil
  • Social Apostolate:
    Director: Father John Vilayil
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society :
    Director: Father Geevarghese Nediyath
  • Vocation Promotion:
    Director: Father Daniel Valiayath

Social Communications

  • Book stall:
    1
  • Monthly Publications:
    Kahalam
    Chief Editor: Father Daniel Poovannathil

    Malankara Balan

    Major archdiocesan Bulletin
  • Printing Press:
    1

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