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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 Coimbatore

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of St. Michael :BSM
  • Missionaries of Compassion
  • Missionaries of Faith :MF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites of St. Theresa :OCD
  • Order of Friar Minors :OFM Cap/Capuchins
  • Precious Blood Missionaries :CPPS
  • Roseminion The Society of Charity :IC
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of African Missions :SMA

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne, Trichy :SAT
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco) :FMA
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Ganzaga :FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph -- Chennai :FST
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary :FSPM
  • Little Sisters of the Poor :PSDP
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Bartholomea Capitonia and Vinceza Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of St Ann of Providence :SAP
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern :SAS
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo :SSJB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Cottelengo :LDP
  • Sisters of St. Louis De Gonzague :SSL
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Society of Sister St. Anne :SSA

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