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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

  • Claretian Missionaries :CMF
  • Congregation of St. Therese :CST
  • Congregation of the Mission :CM
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers :CMSF
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • Missionaries of Faith : MF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Friars Minor : OFM
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap.
  • Sacred Heart Fathers of Betharam : SCJ
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of Pilar :SFX
  • Society of St. Paul :SSP
  • Society of the Divine Saviour : SDS
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD
  • The Order of the Most Holy Trinity :OSST

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate : ASMI
  • Bethany Sisters : BS
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionary Sisters : CFMSS
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Daughters of Divine Providence : DDP
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Daughters of St. Paul :DSP
  • Daughters of St. Thomas : DST
  • Daughters of the Cross : FC
  • Disciples of Don Bosco :DDB
  • Fatima Sisters :FS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Handmaids of Mary : HM
  • Holy Spirit Sisters : SSPS
  • Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy : HSM
  • Maestre Pie Venerini (Venerini Sisters) : MPV
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of M.H. of Christians : MSMHC
  • Order of St. Augustine : OSA
  • Sacred Heart Sisters : SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sister Disciples of the Divine Master :PDDM
  • Sisters of Charity : SCCG
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate : SMI
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross : SCSC
  • Sisters of Notre Dame :SND
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions : RNDM
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS
  • Ursuline Sisters : OSU
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate : UMI
  • Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco : VSDB

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