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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 Madras-Mylapore

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Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa (2005-2012)
  • Archbishop Emeritus Chinnappa Malayappan (2005-2012)
  • Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj (1998-2012)
  • Archbishop Arul Das James (1994-2004)
  • Archbishop Casimir Gnanadickam, SJ (1987- 1993)
  • Archbishop R. Arulappa (1966-1987)
  • Archbishop Louis Mathias, SDB (1952-1965)
  • Dom Manuel de Medeiros Guerreiro (1937-1951)
  • Bishop Louis Mathias, SDB (1935-1952)
  • Dom Carlos de Sa Fragoso (1933-1937)
  • Dom Antonio Maria Teixeira (1929-1933)
  • Dom Eugene Mederlet (1928-1935)
  • Dom John Aelen (1912-1928)
  • Dom Theotonio Emmanuel Ribeiro Vieira de Castro (1899-1929)
  • Dom Antonio de souza Barroso (1897-1899)
  • Dom Jose Henrique Reed de Silva (1887-1897)
  • Dom Joseph Colgan (1882-1911)
  • Dom Stephen Fennelly (1868-1880)
  • Dom John Fennelly (1841-1868)
  • Dom Patrick Joseph Carew (1838-1841)
  • Dom Daniel O' Connor, OSA (1834-1840)
  • Dom Pedro de Alcantra, OCD (1833)
  • Dom John Bede Polding, OSB (1832)
  • Bishops Elect, Episcopal Governors or Vicars General (1828-1886)
  • Dom Estevo de Jesus Maria, OM (1826-1828)
  • Bishops Elect, Episcopal Governors or Vicars General (1811-1826)
  • Dom Joaqim de Menez Athaide, OSA (1805-1811)
  • Dom Manoel de Jesus Maria Jose, OSA (1788-1800)
  • Dom Antonia da Assumpcao, OSA (1780-1788)
  • Dom Bernardo de S Caetano, OSA (1755-1780)
  • Dom Theodardo de Santa Maria, OSA (1750-1755)
  • Dom Antonio de Incarnacao, OSA (1745-1750)
  • Dom Jose Pinheiro, SJ (1725-1745)
  • Dom Eugenio Trigueiros (1723-1725)
  • Dom Manoel Sanchez Golao (1715-1723)
  • Dom Francisco Laynes, SJ (1710-1715)
  • Dom Gaspar Alfonso Alvares SJ (1693-1710)
  • Bishops Elect, Episcopal Governors or Vicars General (1637-1693)
  • Dom Luiz Paulo da Estrella, OM (1634-1637)
  • Dom Luiz de Brito Menezes, OSA (1615-1634)
  • Dom Sebastio de S Pedro, OSA (1606-1615)

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