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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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Diocese of Gwalior

Bishop Thomas Thennatt
Bishop Thomas  Thennatt
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Bishop Thomas Thennatt
Bishop's House, Diocesan Center, Jonagar, Kheriya Modi, Morar, Gwalior-474006, M.P., India
Fax :256.93.00

Pope Francis on Oct. 18, 2016 appointed Father Thomas Thennatt the new bishop of Gwalior.

Bishop Thennatt, a member of of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, was born on November 26, 1953 in Koodalloor in the diocese of Kottayam in Kerala.

In 1969 he joined the Minor Seminary of Pallottigiri in Trivandrum, Kerala. After his Novitiate in the Society of the Catholic Apostolate he made his solemn profession on 31 May 1975 and was ordained a priest on October 21, 1978.

After ordination he served as chaplain in the Diocese of Amravati from 1978-1980, and then in Eluru diocese from

In 1981 he joined Poona Seminary to do a licentiate in theology. He then served in the Archdiocese of Hyderabad and the diocese of Indore.

During 1993-1998 he was Regional Director for the laity and families, and for the Small Christian Communities (S.C.C.) in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

He was then appointed Rector of Khrist Premalaya Theologate, Ashta, and Director of the Regional Formation Commission. From 2002 to 2008, he was also Councilor in the Province of Nagpur of his Congregation.

During 2008-2012 he served a parish in Jhabua diocese and since 2012 he was parish priest at Mankapur in Nagpur archdiocese.
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