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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 Shimoga

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Bishop Francis Serrao, S.J.
Bishop Serrao, S.J.
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Bishop Francis Serrao, S.J.
Bishop's House,
Sagar Road, Shimoga
577204, Karnataka, India

Phone: 08182 322 999, 09980072698
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Francis Serrao was born in Moodbidri, near Mangalore, in 1959.

He joined the Society of Jesus on Jan. 3, 1979 and studied philosophy and theology at the Jnana Deepa Vidya Peeta, Pune. He also secured masters in theology from Vidya Jyothi College, Delhi.

He was ordained priest on April 30, 1992 and made his final vows on May 1, 1999. Bishop Serrao has a wide experience in the social apostolate by working among Dalits and tribals in Anekal of Bangalore archdiocese and Mundgod mission of Karwar diocese.

He was rector of St. Aloysius College, the 136-year old institution in Mangalore, which has some 11,000 students from the primary to doctoral studies.

At the time of appointment as bishop, he was provincial of the Karnataka Jesuit province, an office he has been holding for the last five years.

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