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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 Kothamangalam

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites (First Order), Order of the Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Claretian Missionaries) :CMF
  • Congregation of St. Theresa :CST
  • Congregation of St. Therese of Liseiux :CST Brothers
  • Order of the Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of the Mount Carmel (Order of the Carmelites) :O CARM
  • Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM CAP
  • Vincentian Congregation :V.C.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Martha :CSM
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Little Servants of the Divine Providence :LSDP
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Sacred Heart Congregation for Women (Kerala ) :SH
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS
  • St. Martha's Congregation :SMC
  • The Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • The Missionary Congregation of the Daughters of St. Thomas :DST
  • The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS

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