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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 Kanjirapally

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Benedictine (Annunciation) Order :OSB
  • Benedictine (Ottilian) Order :OSB
  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Claretian Congregation :CMF
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer :CSsR
  • Hospitaller Order of St. John of God :OH
  • Little Flower Congregation :CST
  • Mar Thoma Sleeha Monastery
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Carmelites :O.Carm
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM,Cap.
  • Order of Friars Minor Conventual :OFM, Conv.
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Oblates Secular Institute :AO
  • Apostolic Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Augustinian Sisters :OSA
  • Benedictine Monastery :OSB
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSs
  • Congregation of the mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the sisters of Charity :CSC
  • Daughters of St. Thomas :DST
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Destitute :FSD
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angel :FSMA
  • Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of All Saints :RFTS
  • Holy Family Congregation :CHF
  • Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy :HSM
  • Little Sisters of Christ :LSC
  • Little Sisters of St. Therese :LST
  • Mary Immaculate Secular Institute :MISI
  • Medical Mission Sisters :MMS
  • Missionaries of Little Flower :MLF
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters Holy Spirit :SHSP
  • Sisters of Charity of St. John of God :SCJG
  • Sisters of Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of Holy Cross :SHC
  • Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross :SMHC
  • Sisters St. John the Baptist :SJB
  • Sisters St. Martha :SMC
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS
  • Unitas - Syro Malabar

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