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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 Tuticorin

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers for family apostolate:
  • Dispensaries:
  • Homes for the disabled:
  • Homes for the elderly:
  • Hospitals:
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
  • Training centers:
  • Youth centers:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities:
    Father Joseph Rathinaraj
    Caldwell Colony, 3rd Street, Tuticorin - 682008
  • Bible Commission:
    Fr. James Victor
    Natcheythi Naduvam, Millerpuram, Palayamkottai Road, Tuticorin - 682008
  • Commission:
    Social Communication Father Jerald S. Ravi
    Bishop's House, Tuticorin- 682001
    Phone: (91) 461-2320750
  • Education Commission: Father John Selvam:
    Bishop's House, Tuticorin - 682001
    Phone: (91) 461-2320035
  • Health Commission:
    Father Starwin
    Lucia Centre, Meelavitan, Tuticorin 682005
  • Labour Commission:
    Father Venice Kumar
    Bishop's House, Tuticorin- 682001
    Phone: (91) 461-2320035
  • Laity Commission:
    Father Joseph Rathinaraj
    Sangamam, Laity Centre, Caldwell Colony, Tuticorin - 682008
    Phone: (91) 461-2375808
  • Schedule Caste & Schedule Tribes:
    Father Leo Jayaseelan
    Bishop's House, Tuticorin- 682001
    Phone: (91) 461-2320035
  • Service Society :
    Tuticorin Multipurpose Social Father Starwin
    Bishop's House, Tuticorin- 682001
    Phone: (91) 461-2320035
  • Valliyur Multipurpose Social Service Society:
    Father Rex Lumine
    Our Lady of Fatima Church, Valliyur, Tirunelveli District - 627 116
    Phone: (91) 462-220363
  • Vocation Commission:
    Father Julian
    Little Flower Seminary, Innaciarpuram, Tuticorin - 682002
  • Youth Commission:
    Father John Suresh
    Udhaya Tharagai, Youth Center, Innaciarpuram, Tuticorin 682002

Social Communications

  • Pavalam Social Communication Centre also acts as a cultural center.
  • Ganathuthan (Messenger of wisdom), a Tamil monthly magazine
  • Illayadeepam (young light), a youth magazine
  • radio studio as part of its communication centre which produces programs for Radio Vaticana.
  • Social communication commission and communication centre.:
    Father Jerald S. Ravi Address: Pavalam social Communication Centre, Bishop's House, Tuticorin - 682001
  • The diocese also has a website:
    www. tuticorindiocese.com

Catholic Educational Institutions

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