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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

  • Christian Brothers :CFC
  • Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi : CMCF
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Blessed Sacrament Fathers : SSS
  • Congregation of the Holy Cross : CSC
  • Congregation of the most holy Redeemer :CssR
  • Divine Word Missionaries :SVD
  • Franciscans :OFM
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Order of Dominicans : OP
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM cap
  • Pallotines : SAC
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier : SFX

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Bethany Sisters of the Little Fower : BS
  • Bridgettine Sisters :OSSS
  • Canossian Sisters : FDCC
  • Carmelite Religious of Trivandrum : CCR
  • Cloistered Carmelites : OCD
  • Cluny Sisters : SJC
  • Daughter :DSP
  • Daughters of the Cross of Liege : FC
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary : DHM
  • Fatima Sisters : FS
  • Franciscan Hospitallers of the Immaculate Conception : FHIC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King : FMCK
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels : FSMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate : FSI
  • Good Shepherds Sisters : RGS
  • Handmaids of Christ :HC
  • Helpers of Mary : SHM
  • Holy Cross Sisters : SCC
  • Holy Family Sisters :SFN
  • Maria Bambina Sisters : SCCG
  • Medical Mission Sisters : MMS
  • Mission Sisters of Ajmer : MSA
  • Mission Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate : MSI
  • Pallottine Sisters : SAC
  • Poor Sisters of Our Lady :PSOL
  • Presentation Sisters :PBVM
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary : RJM
  • Religious of Mary Immaculate : RMI
  • Salesian Sisters : FMA
  • Secular Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt
  • Secular Institutes :Caritas Christi
  • Secular Institutes :Christ the King
  • Secular Institutes :Institute of the Maids of the Poor
  • Secular Institutes :Krist Sevikas
  • Sisters Adorers :AASC
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne : SCHSA
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence : SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery :CSSJ
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes : SJT
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Society of Jesus Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Ursuline Sisters :SU
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate : UMI

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