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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 Ahmedabad

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St Francis of Assisi (Franciscan Missionary Brothers) :CMSF
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) :SJ
  • Society of St Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco) :SDB
  • Society of the Holy Spirit (Pious Union) :SHS
  • Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, Pilar (Society of Pilar) :SFX

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Carmelite Missionaries :CM
  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity - Vedruna :CCV
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul :DC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco) :FMA
  • Daughters of St Paul :FSP
  • Daughters of the Cross (Liege) :FC
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary :DHM
  • Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary :OP
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Little Daughters of St Francis Xavier :LDXF
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionaries of Christ Jesus :MCI
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Pious Union of Jesus and Mary
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary :RIM
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity of St Anne (Bombay) :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence :SA
  • Society of St. Ursula :SU
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • Teresian Association (Lay Association)

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