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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Address :P. O. Kalghatgi, Dist. Dharwad - 581 204, India
  • Director :Bro. Thomas Thottiyil, SG
    Phone: +91 8370 - 284250, 285034
    Mobile: 09448831258
    Email: [email protected]
  • Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel :SG

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Claretian Missionaries :CMF
  • Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) :OFM
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Missionary Sisters :AMS
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity of Vedruna :CCV
  • Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa :CSST
  • Cluny Sisters :SJC
  • Daughters of the Church :EF
  • Daughters of the Cross of Liege : FC
  • Daughters of Wisdom (Montfort Sisters) :DW
  • Dena Sevana Sabha (Servants of The Poor) :DSS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King :FMCK
  • Handmaids of Christ :HC
  • Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception :FHIC
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate : MSI
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles :SRA
  • Order of the Most Holy Saviour (Brigidine Sisters) :OSS
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco :FMA
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco
  • Sisters of Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth :SFN
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Servants of the Poor :SDP
  • Sisters of St Anne :SAB
  • Sisters of St Anne :SSA
  • Sisters of St Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of the Carmelites :CM
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany :BS
  • Society of Jesus, Mary & Joseph :JMJ
  • Society of St Ursula :SU
  • St Anne :SAS
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS

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