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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 Guntur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of the Sacred Heart :SHJ
  • Claretian Missionary Fathers :CMF
  • First Order of the Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Heralds of Good News :HGN
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary :MSSCC
  • Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Pallotines Society of the Catholic Apostolate :SAC
  • Priests of the Sacred Heart :SCJ
  • Redemptorists :CSSR
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assissi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Augustinian Sisters (Order of St Augustine) :OSA
  • Bethany Sisters :BS
  • Catechist Sisters of St Ann :CSA
  • Congregation of Regular Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of All Saints :FSAS
  • Congregation of St Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Ann-Phirangipuram (Guntur) :CSSA
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Anne (Bangalore) :SAB
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sisters of Dorothy) :DSHS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph :FSJ
  • Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Little Sisters of the Poor :PSDP
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Good News :MSGN
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (Nirmala Sisters) :MSI
  • Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd :RGS
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Geroza :SCCG
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Society of St Ann (Luzern) :SAS

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