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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 Sambalpur

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Bishop Niranjan Sual Singh
Bishop Sual Singh
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Bishop Niranjan Sual Singh
Bishop's House,
Ainthapali, Sambalpur
768004, Orissa, India

Phone: 0663 2541 656
Fax :2541.656
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Holy See appointed Father Niranjan Sual Singh of the clergy of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar as bishop of Sambalpur on July 26, 2013. The bishop was born in Kottama in 1961 and was ordained priest in 1991. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish assistant in Raikia, Modasoro and Balliguda, professor at the Khristo Jyoti Mohavidyaloyo Regional Theologate of Sason and moderator of seminarians in the archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. He succeeded Bishop Lukas Kerketta, S.V.D., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Lucas Kerketta (1986-2013)
  • Raphael Cheenath, S.V.D (1974-1985)
  • Divine Word Bishop Herman Westermann (1951-1974)
  • Divine Word Bishop Herman Westermann (1951-1974)

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