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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.

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Diocese of Kumbakonam

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of Montfort Missionaries :SMM
  • The Order of the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God : OMD
  • The Servants of Charity : SDC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Bethlemite Sisters : BS
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity : FDCC
  • Congregation of Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne, Trichy : SAT
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate : DMI
  • Daughters of Mary of Providence :DSMP
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary : FSM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours : FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph :FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Missionary Sisters of Incarnation : SMI
  • Mothers of Sorrows Servants of Mary (Servites) : OSM
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity of Mary : SCSM
  • Sisters of Good News Society : SGN
  • Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition : SJA
  • Sisters of St. Anne (Bangalore) : SAB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod : SCC
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : PBVM
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SSHJ
  • Society of St. Anne, Chennai :SSA

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