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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 Jashpur

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Bishop Emmanuel Kerketta
Bishop Kerketta
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Bishop Emmanuel Kerketta
Bishop's House,
Kunkuri, 496225, Jashpur Dt.,
Chhattisgarh (C.G), India

Phone: (91) 7764-250223, 07764 250 225
Fax :07764-250704 (office)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Kerketta was born March 16, 1952, into a tribal family at Gotmahua village. He did his schooling in Musgutri parish and was ordained priest on May 5, 1984, after his priestly studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Mangalore.

He had been serving as principal and manager of a higher secondary school prior to his appointment as the vicar general of the diocese in 2006. Following the death of Bishop Kindo, he was elected the diocesan administrator.

Emmanuel Kerketta was ordained bishop of Jashpur on Feb. 2, 2010.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Victor Kindo ()

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