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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 Quilon

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Bishop Paul Anthony Mullassery
Bishop Mullassery
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Bishop Paul Anthony Mullassery
Bishop's House,
Tangasseri P.O.,
Kerala, India

Phone: (0474)2796140, 09947448084
Fax :2791.850
Email: [email protected]

Father Paul Antony Mullassery was named bishop of Quilon on April 18, 2018.

He succeeded Bishop Stanley Roman, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted on reaching the age of retirement.

Bishop Mullassery was born on Jan. 15, 1960, at Kaithakody in the diocese of Quilon. Bishop Mullassery did his studies at St. Raphael’s Minor Seminary, Quilon, and at the Trinity Lyceum and at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva.

He was ordained priest on Dec. 22, 1984, for the diocese of Quilon. Bishop Mullassery obtained a doctorate in canon law from Pontifical Urban University, Rome, and a post-doctorate diploma from Gregorian University on the same subject.

He was also joint director of catechesis and Bible apostolate, chancellor of the diocesan curia, episcopal vicar and pro-vicar general, and episcopal vicar for pastoral ministries.

In 2006, he was granted the title of Chaplain of His Holiness.

He also served as judicial vicar and the vicar general of the diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Stanley Roman (16 Oct 2001 Appointed - 18 Apr 2018 Retired)
  • Joseph G. Fernandez (1978-2001)
  • Jerome M. Fernandez (1937-1978)
  • Vincent V. Dereere, OCD (1936-1937)
  • Aloysius Maria Benziger, OCD (1906-1931)
  • Ferdinand Maria Ossi, OCD (1883-1906)
  • Ildephonse Borgna, OCD (1871-1883)
  • Mary Ephrem Carrelon, OCD (1866-1870)
  • Maurice of St. Albert, OCD (1854 )
  • Charles Hycinth Valerga, OCD (1854-1864)
  • Bernadine Ponta Nova of St. Agnes, OCD (1853)
  • Bernardine Baccinelli of St. Theresa, OCD (1845-1853)
  • Jordanus Catalani (1329)

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