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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 of Sacred Heart :SHJ
  • Norbertines :O. Praem
  • Precious Blood Missionaries :C.P.P.S.
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) :SAC
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Sisters :OSA
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :C.H.F.
  • Daughters of the Church
  • Don Bosco Secular Institute
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels :FSMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary :FSPM
  • Institute of Foreign Mission Sisters :ME
  • Lay Missionaries :Secular Institutes (Women): 1
    Members: 8
    Centres: 4
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit :S.SP.S.
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ :PHJC
  • Sant Joseph Sevika Sanstha :SJSS
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :S.C.H.C.
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden :OLG
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli :SAT
  • Sisters of St. Elizabeth :CSSE
  • Sisters of St. Joseph OF St. Marc :SJSM
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Visitation Sisters :SVC

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