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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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Diocese of Coimbatore

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Bishop Lephonse Thomas Aquinas
Bishop Aquinas
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Bishop Lephonse Thomas Aquinas
Bishop's House,
Post Box No. 6,
Coimbatore 641 001,
Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: (91) 422-2390430, 422-2382806, 422-2305361, 91 9443039182
Fax :(91) 422-2394530
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Lephonse Thomas Aquinas was born on March 6, 1953, in Pillaithope near Kanyakumari in the diocese of Kottar. He was ordained priest on May 22, 1980. He was appointed bishop of Coimbatore on July 10, 2002, and episcopally ordained on Aug. 28, 2002. He was vicar-general of the diocese of Vellore before being appointed as bishop. Bishop Aquinas is also the chairman of the Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council's Commission for Basic Christian Communities.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Ambrose Mathalaimuthu (1980-2002)
  • Bishop C.M. Visuvasam (1972-1980)
  • Bishop Francis M. Savarimuthu (1950-1971)
  • Bishop B. Oubagaraswamy (1940-1949)
  • Bishop L. Bechu (1938-1940)
  • Bishop L. Tournier (1932-1938)
  • Bishop A. Roy (1903-1932)
  • Bishop J. Bardou (1874-1903)

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