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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 Ambikapur

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Religious Institutes of Men

  • Disciples of Don Bosco
  • Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel :SG
  • Oblates of Mary Immaculate :OMI
  • Rosarians :CR
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) :SAC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of Mount Carmel :CMC
  • Daughters of St Anne :DSA (Ranchi & Calcutta provinces)
  • Disciples of Don Bosco :
  • Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen :OSF
  • Handmaids of Mary :HM
  • Mission Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles :SRA
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Samaritan Sisters :SS
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of St Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of St Elizabeth :SSE
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery :CSSJ
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Lyons :SJL
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Piacenza :UMI
  • Ursuline Sisters of the Congregation of Tildonk :OSU

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