welcome to the diocese of salem

The Diocese of Salem comprises of civil districts of Salem and Namakkal. In 1623 Southern Kongunadu, part of Salem District, under Madurai Nayakkars accepted Christianity, through Fr. Robert De Nobili, S.J. and his successors, the Portuguese Jesuits of the Madurai Mission. About 1654, the Italian Jesuits of the Mysore mission had a residence near Hosur.  In 1687, the Mysore Mission laboured in the entire area of the present diocese. Fr. De Cunha died in 1711 at Kapiganathi near Hosur. 

His Excellency

  • Most Rev.Dr Arulselvam Rayappan
  • Born : Nov-18,1960
  • Feast : June-29
  • Priestly Ordination : May-20,1986
  • Appointed as Bishop : May-31,2021
  • Episcopal Consecration : Aug-04,2021

“ Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. “

– Proverbs 10:17

“ Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. “

– John 6:35

“ Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor. “

– Proverbs 21:21

“ Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another. “

– Proverbs 27:19

“ I tell you the truth, what ever you did for one of the least of those

brothers and sisters of mine, you did for ME ”

– Ephesians 5:15-16

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