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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 St. Francis (Patrician Brothers) :FSP
  • Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi (Franciscan Missionary Brothers) :CMSF
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Francis of Gabriel :SG

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • The Indian Missionary Society :IMS
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis :TOR
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Jesus :CJ
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Sisters of Charity :CSC
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart :DSH
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces :FSLG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels :FSMA
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Mission Sisters of Ajmer :MSA
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (Nirmala Sisters) :MSI
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary :RJM
  • Sacred Heart Congregation for Women (Kerala) :S.H.
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Seva Missionary Sisters of Mary :SMSM
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincent Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Providence :OLP
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross (Menzingen) :HC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart :SSH
  • The Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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