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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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Diocese of Kannur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelite Friars of St. Theresa & St. Albert : O.Carm
  • Congregation of the Rosarians : CR
  • Disciples of the Divine Saviour : DDS
  • Dominican Fathers : OP
  • Missionaries of Charity Brothers : MC
  • Missionaries of Compassion : MC
  • Missionaries of Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Oblates of St. Francis De Sales :OSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap.
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of Montfort Missionaries : SMM
  • Sylvestro Benedictines :OSB
  • Vocationist Fathers : SDV

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Adores of the Blood of Christ :ASC
  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Bridgetine Sisters :OSSS
  • Buono E Perpetuo Soccorso : BPS
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity : FDCC
  • Carmelite Theresian Congregation : CTC
  • Catechist Sisters of the Sacred Heart
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod : SCC
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate :DMI
  • Daughters of our Lady of Mercy :FDM
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart : DSH
  • Deena Sevan Sabha : DSS
  • Dominican Sisters of Santa Maria of Rosary : OP
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Sheperd : FHGS
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception : FHIC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces : FSLC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels : FSMS
  • Holy Cross Sisters of Menzingen :OSF
  • Holy Spirit Sisters : SHSP
  • Jyothigiris Ashram
  • Maestre Pie Venerini : MPV
  • Missionary Sisters of Jesus : MJ
  • Missionary Sisters of Little Flower :LFS
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Sathyaseva Catechist Sisters of the Families : SCS
  • Sisters of Charity of Barthelomea Capitanio & V. Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Jesus & Mary : RJM
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate : SMI
  • Sisters of Religious Teachers of Fillippini : MPF
  • Sisters of St James
  • Sisters of St. Ann : SA
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Thiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Sisters of St. John the Baptist : SJB
  • Sisters of St. Martha : CSM
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : MLF
  • Sisters of Visitation Congregation : SVC
  • Society of St. Ursula : SU
  • Society of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy :SSJA
  • St. Joseph : SJT
  • The Adoration of Sisters of St. Jerome
  • Union of St. Catherine of Sienna : MDS
  • Ursuline Sisters of Somasca : USS
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate : UMI

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