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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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Diocese of Jowai

Bishop Victor Lyngdoh
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Bishop Victor Lyngdoh
Bishop's House, Lumbihsyntu-Mihmyntdu, Jowai-793150, West Jaintia Hills Dt., Meghalaya, India
(03652)221.585
[email protected]

Bishop Victor Lyngdogh was born on Jan. 14, 1956, in Wallang, East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. He was ordained priest on Jan. 25, 1987, in the archdiocese of Shillong. He was appointed bishop of Nongstoin on Jan. 28, 2006, and was ordained on April 2, 2006. Before becoming a prelate, Bishop Lyngdogh was parish priest of the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in the archdiocese of Shillong. He is presently the chairman of Bible commission in North East Bishops’ Council of India. He was appointed Bishop of Jowai on Oct. 15, 2016.
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