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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 Bijnor

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Bishop Vincent Nellaiparambil
Bishop Nellaiparambil
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Bishop Vincent Nellaiparambil
Bishop's House,
Padampur Sukhro, P.B. 1,
Kotdwar-246149, Pauri Garhwal Dt.,
Uttarakhand, India

Phone: (01382)222.231
Fax :222.511
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Vincent Nellaiparambil was born on May 30, 1971, in Arippalam in Trichur in Kerala state. He entered the eparchy of Bijnor as a minor seminarian, attending Saint Joseph’s Minor Seminary in Kotdwar until 1990. He secured a degree in art from the University of Allahabad in 1994. He studied theology at the Saint Joseph Regional Seminary where he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in theology in 1999.

He was ordained priest on April 8, 1999, and after holding various pastoral offices, obtained a master’s degree from the H.N. Bahuguna University in 2005 and a licentiate in systematic theology from the Dharmaram Vidyakshetram, Bangalore, in 2008. He was head priest in two mission stations for six years. From 2008 to 2012 he was rector of the diocesan minor seminary, coordinator of formation of the eparchy of Bijnor and non-resident member of staff of Saint Joseph’s Regional Seminary in Allahabad since 2008, and resident member from 2012 to 2017.

Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Bijnor on Aug. 30, 2019, and was ordained on Nov. 1, 2019.

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