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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 of the Sacred Heart :SHJ
  • Carmelites of St. Theresa :OCD
  • Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :SSS
  • Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians) :CM
  • Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :MMI
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Oblates of Mary Immaculate :OMI
  • Order of Friar Minors (Capuchins) :OFM Cap
  • Order of Servants of Mary :OSM
  • Precious Blood Missionaries
  • Rosarian Congregation :CR
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Secular Institute Hearts Home
  • Secular Institute of Our Lady :SIOL
  • Society of African Missions :SMA
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of Pilar :SFX
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) :SAC
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD
  • Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :CMF

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Bethlemite Sisters :BS
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Congregation of the Mother of Sorrows, Servants of Mary :OSM
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann of Tiruchirapalli :SAT
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne :CSSA
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul :DC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of St. Camillus :DSC
  • Discalced Nuns of the Order of the BVM of Mount Carmel :OCD
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception :FSHIC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours :FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga :FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph :FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary :FSPM
  • Institute of the Foreign Missions Sisters :ISME
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Oblate Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga :OSL
  • Order of the Most Holy Saviour (Bridgettines) :OSsS
  • Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd :RGS
  • Rosarian Sisters :CR
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Seva Missionary Sisters :SMSM
  • Sister of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Sisters of Holy Family of Bordeaux :HFB
  • Sisters of Maria Auxilium :SMA
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima : FS
  • Sisters of Prado :SP
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Bangalore :SAB
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Madhavaram :SSA
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence :SAP
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Society of Jesus Mary Joseph :JMJ
  • Ursuline Franciscan Congregation :UFC

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