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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Brothers of Holy Family of Belley : FSF
  • Brothers of the Sacred Heart :SHJ
  • De La Salle Brothers : FSC
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Carmelites of St. Theresa :OCD
  • Carmelites of St. Theresa :OCD
  • Congregation of the most holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) : CSsR
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • ndian Missionary Society : IMS
  • Order of Friars Minor (Capuchins) : OFM Cap
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) : OFM
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of African Missions : SMA
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) : SAC
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD
  • Sons of Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians) : CMF
  • The Order of the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God :OMD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians : SMI
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne, Trichy :SAT
  • Congregation of the sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) :CSAC
  • Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca :DML
  • Deena Sevana Sabha : DSS
  • Discalced Nuns of the Order of the BVM of Mount Carmel : OCD
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • 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 St. Mary of Angels : FSMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : FSPM
  • Holy Family Sisters (Spoleto)
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : ICM
  • Missionary Sisters of the Incarnation : SI
  • Mother of Sorrows (Servite) : OSM
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Seva Missionary Sisters : SMS
  • Sister of Holy Cross : HC
  • Sisters of Holy Family of Bordeaux : HFB
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima : FS
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Bangalore : SAB
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of St. John the Baptists :SSJB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons : SJL
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes : SJT
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod : SCC
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : PBVM
  • Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries : SCMM
  • Society of Jesus Mary Joseph :JMJ
  • Society of Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern : SAS
  • Society of St. Anne, Chennai : SSA
  • The Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate & Collaborators : DMI

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