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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 Bettiah

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Bishop Peter Sebastian Goveas
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Bishop Peter Sebastian Goveas
Bishop's House,
Bettiah-845438,
West Champaran,
Bihar, India

Phone: (06254)243.590
Fax :(06254)243.590
Email: [email protected]

The Vatican announced the appointment of Father Peter Sebastian Goveas as the new bishop Bettiah on July 22, 2017. Bishop Goveas was vicar general of Bhagalpur diocese at the time of appointment.

Bishop Goveas was born on Feb. 8, 1955, at Hosabettu, Hospet, Mangalore, in southern India’s Karnataka state.

After completing his secondary school, he entered St. John’s Regional Minor Seminary, Bhagapur, to become a priest for the diocese of Bhagalpur. He had his philosophy studies at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi, and at Morning Star College, Barrackpore, West Bengal state and his theology at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi.

He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Bhagalpur on Dec. 9, 1983.

Bishop Goveas served the diocese in several capacities as parish priest, administrator of schools and diocesan consulter. In 2013 he became the vicar general of the diocese of Bhagalpur, an office he continued until named bishop.

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