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This is a view of a church in Vaddy The history of Christianity in this coastal parish is linked to the ancient port of Quilon and to the Christian Community founded by St. Thomas the Apostle. Christians from Syria who settled down in Quilon enriched the Christian life here. But the coastal belt of Quilon that is now Vaddy, received a definite identity with the arrival of Dominicans and Franciscans in the 14 th century.

In 1323 the Dominican friar, Jordanus Catalani of Severac arrived in Quilon coast and organized the Christian community in faith, worship and practice. He built a Church St. George Church. This was the first Church in Vaddy. In 1329 Quilon was erected the first Diocese and Jordanus Catalani the first Bishop of Quilon. St. George Church was his cathedral church. Jordanus Catalani was martyred at Thane in 1336.
he present Church was built in the period 1910 1913. Fr. Ambrose Kompadi, a Goan priest built the Church. The Church was blessed by Most Rev. Msgr. Michael Lodislaus Zaleski, the papal Apostolic Delegate in Nov. 1913

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