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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.

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Bishop Fulgence Aloysius Tigga
Bishop Tigga
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Bishop Fulgence Aloysius Tigga
Bishop's House,
Chotparua, P.O. Karnajora-733130,
Uttar Dinajpur Dt., West Bengal, India

Phone: (03523)252.735, 09474441068
Fax :256-841
Email: [email protected]

Father Fulgence Aloysius Tigga was born on March 3, 1965, in Katkahi, in the diocese of Gumla. He completed his studies in philosophy at Vishwa Jyoti Gurukul, and at the Bhopal Regional Seminary.

He was ordained priest on March 3, 1997, for the diocese of Muzaffarpur. He was then incardinated in the diocese of Bettiah when it was created in 1998.

He has held the following offices: parish vicar and headmaster at Loyola Middle School, Chu Chari (1997-2000); parish priest in Chanpatia (2001-2004); parish priest and rector at Saint Peter’s minor seminary in Dussaiya (2004-2009); parish priest at Chakhni (2009-2014); parish priest of the Mother of God Church, Ramnagar, diocesan consultor, and director of vocations and director of the diocesan Commission for the Liturgy (2014-2017); vicar general and parish priest of the Church of the Mother of God in Ramnagar (since 2017).

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