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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 Lucknow

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Don Bosco Brothers of Secular Institute
  • Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • Missionary Brothers of Charity : MC
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmelites : AC
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate : ASMI
  • Benedictine sisters of St Lioba : OSB
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity : FDCC
  • Congregation of Carmelite Religious : CCR
  • Congregation of Jesus : C. J.
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity :CSC
  • Dinasevanasabha (servants of the poor) : DSS
  • Franciscan Clarist congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception : FHIC
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary : FSM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours : FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces : FSLG
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Loreto : IBVM
  • Institute of the Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament : CFMSS
  • Medical Sisters of St Francis of Assisi : OSF
  • Medical Sisters of St Joseph : MSJ
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles : SRA
  • Secular institute of the maids of the poor : MOP
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of St Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph : SJSM
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross of Menzingen, Switzerland : HCM.
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy cross : SCSC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Patna : SSH
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters : UFS
  • Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate : UMI

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