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Cardinal Cheong

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 Ranchi

Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Bishop Telesphore  Bilung
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Bishop Telesphore Bilung
Archbishop's House, P.O. Box 5, Dr. Camil Bulcke Path, Ranchi-834001, Jharkhand, India
0651 235 0144
Fax :235.01.44
[email protected]

Bishop Bilung was born on April 15, 1961, at Sargidipa in the diocese of Rourkela, Odisha.

In 1979, he joined the Jyoti Bhavan minor seminary in Sambalpur. In 1985, he entered the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). He professed his first vows in 1986 and his solemn profession was in 1991. He was ordained priest on May 2, 1992, in Gaibira, the diocese of Rourkela. Between 1986 and 1992, he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth in Pune. From 2005 to 2006 he did a counselling course in Britain.

He has served as assistant parish in Puri from 1992 to 1994 and as rector of the Minor Seminary in Sambalpur from1994 to 1996. In 2005, he was made chairman of the vocation board. In 2007, he joined as pastor in Premnagar, archdiocese of Calcutta.

He was the provincial councillor from 2008 to 2011 and the rector of the SVD Minor Seminary in Lungai from 2010 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the provincial superior of the Divine Word Missionaries.

On 1 Nov. 2021, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Telesphore Bilung as Bishop of Jamshedpur.
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