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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 Jamshedpur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Disciples of the Divine Savior (DDS)

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Claretian Missionaries) (CMF)
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales (Fransalians) (MSFS)
  • Order of Friar Minor Capuchins (OFM CAP)
  • Society of Jesus (SJ)

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel (AC)
  • Congregation of Samaritan sisters (CSS)
  • Congregation of Teresian Sisters (CTC)
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DC)
  • Daughters of St. Anne (Ranchi) (DSA)
  • Daughters of the Cross (Liege) (FC)
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles (SRA)
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN)
  • Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross (SCSC)
  • Sisters of Notre Dame (SND)
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Providence (OLP)
  • Sisters of Sacred the Heart (SSH)
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Apparition (SJA)
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny (SJC)
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes (SJT)
  • Society of Jesus Mary and Joseph (JMJ)
  • The Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany (BS)
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk (OSU)
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate (UMI)

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