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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 Cochin

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Augustinians :OSA
  • Brothers of St. Joseph Cottolengo
  • Congregation of the Passion :CP
  • Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart :MSC
  • Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Franciscans :OFM
  • Josephites of Murialdo :CSJ
  • Mercedarian Fathers :SM
  • Missionaries of Charity Brothers :MC
  • Missionary Fathers of Incarnation :MFI
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap.
  • Piarist fathers :Sch.P
  • Salesians :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Sisters of the Most Holy Annunciation :OSA
  • Canossians :FDCC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of B. Cottolengo (Cottolengo Sisters)
  • Congregation of Theresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate :DMI
  • Daughters of Nazareth :DN
  • Daughters of Our lady of Mercy :FDM
  • Daughters of St. Ann :DSA
  • Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Rosary :OP
  • Don Daste Sisters :DDP
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart :FMSH
  • Franciscan Sisters of our Lady of Victories :IFNSV
  • Holy Eucharist Sisters :FSE
  • Little Sisters of Divine Providence :SDP
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Oblate Hospitaler Franciscan Sisters :OHFS
  • Order of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel : OCD
  • Salesian Sisters :SDB
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Holy Cross :SHC
  • Sisters of Holy Nativity :SHN
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation :OSA
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows :OSM
  • Society of Jesus Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Union of St. Catherine of Missionaries for School :MDS

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