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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

  • Apostolic Life Community of Priests in the Opus Spiritus Sancti (ALCP-OSS)
  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of Missionaries of the Immaculate of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • First Order of the Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • Imitation of Christ (Order of Bethany Fathers) :OIC
  • Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • Mill Hill Missionaries : MHM
  • Missionaries of Faith :MF
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle : MST
  • Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel : SG
  • Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap
  • Pallotines Society of the Catholic Apostolate : SAC
  • Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions : PIME
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Ancillae Sisters (Secular sisters)
  • Apostolic Life Community of Sisters in the Opus Spiritus Sancti (ALCS-OSS)
  • Bethany Sisters of the Imitation of Christ : SIC
  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters : CM
  • Catechist Sisters of St Ann : CSA
  • Congregation of Preshitharam Sisters : CPS
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :CME
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Ann-Phirangipuram (Guntur) : CSSA
  • Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy : DM
  • Daughters of Presentation of Mary in the Temple : DMP
  • Daughters of St Paul : FSP
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart : DSH
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Bethlamite Sisters ) :BETHL
  • Deena Sevana Sabha (Servants of the Poor) : DSS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga- Pondicherry :FSAG
  • Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity (Sisters Adorers) : AASC
  • Little Sisters of Christ (of Charles de Foucauld) :LSC
  • Little Sisters of the Poor : PSDP
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (Nirmala Sisters) :MSI
  • Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSPS
  • Poor Clares Colletines : PCC
  • Sacred Heart Congregation of the Syro-Malabar Church : SHC
  • Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco (Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians ) : FMA
  • Sister of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Geroza :SCCG
  • Sisters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Sisters of Mary Mediatrix : MMM
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima :FS
  • Sisters of St Aloysius (Oblate Suore Luigine) : OSL
  • Sisters of St Ann (Madras) : SSA
  • Sisters of St Ann of providence :SAP
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy : SJA
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SC
  • Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of Nirmala Dasikal : SND
  • Society of St Ann (Luzern) : SAS

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