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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 Kottar

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Bishop Nazarene Soosai
Bishop Soosai
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Bishop Nazarene Soosai
Catholic Bishop's House,
P.O. Box 17, Asaripallam Road,
Nagercoil-629001, Kanyakumari Dt.,
Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: (+91) 04652 - 278868
Fax :(+91) 04652 - 278570
Email: [email protected]o.in

Pope Francis named Bishop Nazarene Soosai as the bishop Kottar on May 20, 2017. He was member of the diocesan college of consultors and secretary of the council of priests at the time of appointment.

Bishop Soosai was born in Rajakkalamangalamthurai in Kottar on April 13, 1963. Following studies at the St. Aloysius’ Minor Seminary in Nagercoil and philosophy and theology studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Poonamallee, Chennai, he was ordained priest for Kottar in 1989.

He holds a licenciate in theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Madurai.

He served the diocese in various capacities starting as assistant parish priest of Our Lady of Presentation Church, Colachel (1989-1990).

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Peter Remigius (2007-2017)
  • Bishop Leon A. Tharmaraj (1989 - 2007)
  • Bishop Marianus Arockiaswamy (1971-1987)
  • Bishop Thomas Roch Agniswami (1938 -1971)
  • Bishop Lawrence Pereira (1930- 1938)

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