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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 Sagar

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Bishop James Athikalam
Bishop Athikalam
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Bishop James Athikalam
Bishop's House,
P.O. Box 32, Saugor Cantt.
470001, M.P. India

Phone: (07582)222.633
Fax :222.175
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Athikalam, MST, was born on July 5, 1958, at Changanacherry in Kerala state. He was ordained priest on March, 22, 1984, for the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle (MST). He holds a master’s degree from Mysore University. He has obtained a licentiate in biblical theology. As a priest, he worked at Barnagar in the diocese of Ujjain, and later was appointed professor and procurator of the diocesan Minor Seminary of Ujjain and professor at the MST Minor Seminary. In 1991, he was appointed director of the Missionary Orientation Course at Jeevan Jyothi, Mandya, professor of Patrology in Ruhalaya Major Seminary, Ujjain, of which he was later appointed rector. He became director general of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle and was serving in that office till last year. At present he is the director of Nirmal Jyoti Mental Health Programme, Bhopal.

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