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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 Daltonganj

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Men's Secular Institute

  • Don Bosco Brothers Lay Association

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of Missionaries Sons of Immaculate Heart of Blessed Virgin Mary (Claretian Missionaries) :CMF
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • The Indian Missionary Society :IMS

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity of Vedruna :CCV
  • Congregation of Immaculate Conception :CIC
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Daughters of St. Annes (Ranchi) :DSA
  • Fatima Sisters :FS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King :FMCK
  • Handmaid of Mary :HM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :HC
  • Sisters of Notre Dame :SND
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition :SJA
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk :OSU

Women's Secular Institute

  • Don Bosco Sisters Lay Association Convent

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