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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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Archdiocese of Changanacherry

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Auxiliary Bishop Thomas (Tomy) Joseph Tharayil
Bishop Tharayil
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Auxiliary Bishop Thomas (Tomy) Joseph Tharayil
Archbishop’s House,
P.O. Box 20, Changanassery,
Kerala-686101, India

Phone: (0481)2420.040,8547786796
Fax :2427.372
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Thomas Tharayil was ordained auxiliary bishop of Changanacherry April 23, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1972 at Changanacherry and joined the minor seminary in Kurichy, and had his theological studies at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathur, Kottayam.

He was ordained priest on Jan. 1, 2000. He holds a doctorate in psychology and become popular as a retreat preacher and psychologist. A polyglot, he is proficient in English, Italian, Spanish, and German.

Bishop Tharayil was elected auxiliary bishop at the week-long Syro Malabar Synod held at St. Thomas Mount at Kakkanad from Jan 9, 2017. As the oriental canon law prescribes, his appointment comes with prior papal permission.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Mathew Kavukattu (1950-1969, died Oct. 9, 1969)

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