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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 Jabalpur

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Bishop Gerald Almeida
Bishop Almeida
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Bishop Gerald Almeida
Bishop's House
Snehsadan
599 South Civil Lines,
Jabalpur-482001, M.P., India

Phone: +91 761 501 83 22
Fax :+91 761 262 24 13
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Gerald Almeida was born on March 7, 1946 at Udyavar, a small town, in Mangalore diocese in Karnataka state. He hails from St. Francis Xavier's Parish at Udyavar.

Bishop Gerald had his early education at St. Francis Xavier's Middle School at Udyavar and at the local SVS High School.

Bishop Gerald had his seminary education at St. Augustine's Jabalpur and at St. Charles' Seminary at Nagpur, where he completed his philosophical studies and graduated from SFS College.

He was ordained a priest on Dec. 14, 1974.

He was appointed as the coadjutor bishop of Jabalpur on June 24, 1997. His episcopal ordination was held on Sept. 17, 1997. He took charge of the office on May 16, 2001.

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