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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 Gwalior

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Bishop Joseph Thykkattil
Bishop Thykkattil
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Bishop Joseph Thykkattil
Bishop's House, Diocesan Center,
Jonagar, Kheriya Modi, Morar,
Gwalior-474006, M.P., India

Phone: (0751)256.93.45
Fax :256.93.00

Bishop Joseph Thykkattil was born on May, 31, 1952 at Enamakkal in Kerala. He joined St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra, and then studied at Regional Major Seminary of St. Joseph’s, Allahabad. He was ordained priest on 25 April, 1988.

He served the archdiocese of Agra as vice-principal of St. Peter’s College, Agra, (1988-1990); as parish priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (1990-1999); as parish priest at St. Mary’s in Noida (1999-2002); as rector of St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra (2002-2009); as parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Mathura (2009-2012); as vicar general of the archdiocese of Agra and as parish priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (2012-2018) and as parish priest at St. Peter’s Church, Bharatpur (2018-2019).

On Aug 4, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of the diocese of Gwalior.

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