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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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Archdiocese of Shillong

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Archbishop Victor Lyngdoh
Archbishop Lyngdoh
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Archbishop Victor Lyngdoh
Archbishop's House,
Meghalaya, India

Phone: (0364)2501756
Fax :2221818

Archbishop Victor Lyngdogh was born on Jan. 14, 1956, in Wallang, East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. He was ordained priest on Jan. 25, 1987, in the archdiocese of Shillong. He was appointed bishop of Nongstoin on Jan. 28, 2006, and was ordained on April 2, 2006. Before becoming a prelate, Bishop Lyngdogh was parish priest of the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in the archdiocese of Shillong. He is presently the chairman of Bible commission in North East Bishops’ Council of India. He was appointed Bishop of Jowai on Oct. 15, 2016.

On Dec. 28, 2020, he was appointed Archbishop of Shillong.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Dominic Jala (22 Dec 1999 Appointed - 10 Oct 2019 Died)
  • Archbishop Tarcisius Resto Phanrang, S.D.B. (1995 - 1999)
  • Archbishop Hubert D'Rosario, S.D.B. (1969 - 1994)
  • Archbishop Stephen Ferrando, S.D.B. (1935 - 1969)
  • Archbishop Louis Mathias, S.D.B. (1922 - 1935)
  • Father Cristoforo Becker, S.D.S. (1890 - 1921)

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