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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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Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of St. Patrick :FSP
  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :SSS
  • Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians)
  • Congregation of the most holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) : CSsR
  • Heralds of Good News :HGN
  • Holy Cross Brothers of Sacred Heart : CSC
  • Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God : OH
  • Missionaries of Mary immaculate : MMI
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Missionary Brothers of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate : OMI
  • Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Oblates of Mary Immaculate :OMI
  • Order of Fiars Minor (Franciscans) : OFM
  • Order of Friars Minor (Capuchins) : OFM Cap
  • Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions : PIME
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Servants of Charity (Guanellian) : SDC
  • Society of Eugene De Mazenod : SDM
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of Pillar : SFX
  • Society of St. Paul : SSP
  • Sons of Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians) : CMF
  • Vincentians Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Bethlemite Sisters :BS
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa : CSST
  • Catechists Sisters of St. Ann : CSA
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St.Anne, Trichy : SAT
  • Daughters of Mary help of Christians : FMA
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary :DHM
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception : FSHIC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart :FMSH
  • 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 the Blessed Virgin Mary : FSPM
  • Institute of the Foreign Mission Sister : ISME
  • Little Brethren of Mary : LBM
  • Little Sisters of the Poor : PSDP
  • Medical Mission Sisters :SCMM
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate : MSI
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : ICM
  • Mothers of Sorrows (Servite) : OSM
  • Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd :RGS
  • Pious Unions :An Auxiliary of the Apostolate (Lay Apostolate)
  • Pious Unions - Daughters of St. Joseph : DSJ
  • Pious Unions - Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix :SMA
  • Pious Unions - Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus :SSHJ
  • Pious Unions - Sisters of Volunteers for Christ : SVC
  • Pious Unions - The Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate & Collaborators : DMI
  • Pontifical Institute for Foreign Mission : PIFM
  • Rosarian Sisters : CR
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Secular Institutes :Caritas Charity Secular Institute
  • Secular Institutes :Asha Nivas Secular Institute
  • Secular Institutes :Ancillae Secular Institute
  • Seva Missionary Sisters :SMSM
  • Sister Disciples of the Divine Master : PDDM
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne
  • Sisters of Joseph of Lyons : SJL
  • Sisters of Maria Auxilium : SMA
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross : SCSC
  • Sisters of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus : MSC
  • Sisters of St Ann of Providence :SAP
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo : SCB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy :SJA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition : SJA
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod : SCC
  • Sisters of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : PBVM
  • Society of Jesus Mary Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern : SAS
  • Society of St. Anne, Chennai : SSA
  • Syrian Rite - Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • Syrian Rite - Congregation of Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Syrian Rite - Congregation of Sisters of Charity : CSC
  • Syrian Rite - Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Syrian Rite - Sacred Heart Congregation : SH
  • Syrian Rite - Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Syrian Rite - Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Syrian Rite - Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Sisters) : SIC

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