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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 Gumla

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites (First Order, Order of the Discalced Carmelites) :OCD
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Reddeemer (Redemptorists) :CSSR
  • Indian Missionary Society :IMS
  • Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel :SG
  • Society of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD
  • Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, Pilar (Society of Pilar) :SFX
  • Third Order Friers Minor of St. Francis :OFM
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis :TOR

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of St. Anne (Ranchi) :DSA
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Mary of the Angels :FSMA
  • Medical Sisters of St Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Notre Dame :SND
  • Sisters of Sacred Heart :SSH
  • Sisters of St Charles Boromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk :OSU

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