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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 Jalpaiguri

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Brothers of St. Patrick (Patrician Brothers) :FSP
  • Congregation of Rosarians :CR
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers :CMSF
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC

Religious Institutes of Men - Priests

  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Salesians of Don Bosco
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco) :SDB
  • St. Joseph’s of Clunny NJP
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis :TOR

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul :DC
  • Daughters of Divine Zeal :FDZ
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of St. Anne's (Ranchi) :DSA
  • Daughters of St. Anne’s (Kolkata) :DSA
  • Daughters of the Cross :FC
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary :FSM
  • Handmaids of Mary :HM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSI
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Notre Dame Binnaguri :SND
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk :OSU
  • Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco :VSDB
  • Visitation Sisters of Mary :VSM

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