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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 Galle

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Major Catholic Social Welfare Centers:
    Supem Uyana (home for mentally handicapped children)
    Address: Gonapinuwala, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
    Vanreeth Home (for elders)
    Address: Abesundara Road, Kaluwella, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Nisansala (center for retired priests)
    Address: Seminary Hill Road, Kalegana, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Apeksha Nivasa (Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa)
    Address: Godaduwa Road, Kapuhenpola, Akmeemana, Sri Lanka
    Arklow-Ireland Home for Girls


  • Major Catholic Institutions:
    Caritas - SED Galle
    Address: 16, Light House Street, Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91- 2233711, 2244138
    Pastoral Center
    Address: 5/4, Mt. Calvary, Kaluwella, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91- 2241840
    Southern Technical Institute
    Address: Kaluwella, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91- 2224329
    St. Xavier's Seminary
    Address: Kalegana, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91- 2222771
    Center for Catechetics, Bible, Education, Liturgy & Cultural Affairs
    Address: 5/4, Diocesan Cathacatical centre, Mt.Calvary, Kaluwella, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone : (94) 91- 2241840
    Center for Family Apostolate
    Address: St. Mary's Cathedral, Kaluwella, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91- 2222490
    Center for Mass Communication
    Address: St. Francis Xavier's Church Kalegana, Galle, Sri Lanka
    Phone: (94) 91-2222023

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Administrative Committee
  • ASIPA (Asian Intergral Pastoral Aproach)
  • Catechetics, Bible & Education
  • Catholic Education Committee
  • Committee for Finance and Property
  • Deanery Committee
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Diocesan Pastoral Care and Mission
    Finance and Property
    Catholic Education
    Social Ministry (Social Development, Family Apostolate)
    Pastoral Training centre
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • Family Apostolate
  • Laity
  • Legion of Mary (Pious Associations)
  • Liturgy & Cultural Affairs
  • Pastoral Committee
  • Pontifical Mission Societies
  • Social Committee
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Secretariat Committee
  • Tribunal
  • Youth Apostolate

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