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Cardinal Cheong

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 Daltonganj

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Apostolic Administrator Theodore Mascarenhas
Bishop Mascarenhas
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Apostolic Administrator Theodore Mascarenhas
Bishop's House,
Station Road, Daltenganj-822101,
Palamau Dt., Jharkhand, India

Phone: (06562)227.349
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas was born on Nov. 9, 1960, in Camurlim in the archdiocese of Goa. He was ordained priest on April 24, 1988. After his ordination, he has served in Punjab in North India till 1993. From 1994 to 2001, he was in Rome to secure the licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He was the coordinator of the works of the Society of Pilar in Rome from 1998 to 2004. In 2005, he was made the superior delegate for the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier in Europe and in 2006, an official of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

On Dec. 8, 2021, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Daltonganj, India.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Anand Jojo (7 Jul 2016 to 8 Dec 2021)
  • Gabriel Kujur (1997-2016 (Resigned))
  • Bishop Charles Soreng, S.J. (Oct. 30, 1989 Appointed - April 1, 1995 Apointed, Bishop of Hazaribag)
  • Bishop George Victor Saupin, S.J. (June 5, 1971 Appointed - Nov. 30, 1987 Appointed, Bishop of Bhagalpur)

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