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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 Patna

Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J
Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J
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Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J
Archbishop's House, Bankipur, Patna 800 004, Bihar, India.
(91) 94316 23738
Fax :(91) 612-2301816
[email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J., was born on March 5, 1946 and ordained priest in 1976 after completing his studies in Shembanagur in Tamil Nadu and in Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet in Pune.

He was consecrated as bishop on March 25, 2006, and was appointed bishop of the newly erected diocese of Buxar on Dec. 12, 2005. He was superior of Jesuit communities in various places. He served as rector of the Minor Seminary in Muzaffarpur, parish priests in several places, secretary to the bishop of Muzaffarpur and provincial of the Patna Jesuit province. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the archbishop of Patna on Oct. 01, 2007.

On Dec. 09, 2020 Archbishop William D’Souza resigned.
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