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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 Jabalpur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelines of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Congregation of Rosarians :CR
  • Malabr Missionary Brothers :MMB
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Order of the Canons Regular of Premontre; Norbertines :O. Praem
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Benedictine Sisters of St. Lioba :OSB
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery :CSSJ
  • Congregation of the Rosarian Sisters :CR
  • Dominican Missionary Sisters of Rosary :OP
  • Franciscan Clarish Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary :FSM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Dillington :OSF
  • Hospitellar Sisters of Mercy :HSM
  • Little Sisters of the Poor :LSP
  • Medical Mission Sisters
  • Medical Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculare :SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of St.Anne :SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Sisters of St.Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross (Menzingen) :HC
  • Society of Jesus Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • St. Ann Luzern
  • St. Joseph Sevika Sanstha :SJS
  • The Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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