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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 Khandwa

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Divine Word Society : SVD
  • Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God : OH
  • Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate : SAC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters : CMS
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of St. Joseph of St. Mac : SJSM
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Thiruchirapally : SAT
  • Dominican Sisters of Presentation :OP
  • Don Bosco Secular Institute (The Disciples) : DBSI
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate : FSI
  • Franciscan Sisters of Sacred Heart : FSSH
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels : FSMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Medical Mission Sisters : MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sant Joseph Sevika Sanstha :SJS
  • Servants of the Holy Spirit : SSpS
  • Sisters of Our lady of Fatima : FS
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden : OLG
  • Sisters of Poor Handmaids of Jesus : PHJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery : CSSJ
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : BS
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Child Jesus :LFS
  • Sisters of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : SVM

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