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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 Lucknow

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Bishop Gerald John Mathias
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Bishop Gerald John Mathias
Bishop's House
Hazratganj P.O. 70,
LUCKNOW - 226 001
Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

Phone: 91-522-2615644, 2625472(O), 2283467(P) , Mobile: 91- 983 92 29 603
Fax : 91- 522-2624885
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Gerald John Mathias was born on Sept. 20, 1953, in Kalianpur, Mangalore diocese, in Karnataka state. He was ordained priest on April 22, 1979. Bishop Mathias was appointed bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh on Dec. 22, 1999, and was ordained on April 9, 2000. On Nov. 8, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Lucknow. He was installed as the fifth bishop of the diocese on Jan. 4, 2008. Before this, Bishop Mathias had served as the cathedral parish priest in Lucknow. Bishop Mathias is chairman of the laity commission in the Latin-rite Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India. He also chairs the Agra Regional Commission for Education and Culture and is president of Catholic Educational Institutions in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Albert D'Souza (1992 - 2007)
  • Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic (1984 -1990)
  • Archbishop Cecil DeSa (1971 -1983)
  • Bishop Albert Conrad de Vito, O.F.M. Cap. (1946 -1970)

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