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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Nellore

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM, Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Bethlemite Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :BETHL
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Ann, Phirangipuram (Guntur) :CSSA
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters :FC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga :FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Pondicherry :FIHM
  • Holy Cross Sisters :SHC
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Mother of Sorrows Servants of Mary (Servites Sisters) :OSM
  • Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco :FMA
  • Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master :PDDM
  • Sisters of Charity of St Anne :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Jesus Mary Joseph :JMJ
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima :FS
  • Sisters of Paris Foreign Missionary Society :MEP
  • Sisters of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary :PBVM
  • Sisters of Redemption :SR
  • Sisters of St Ann of Luzern :SAS
  • Sisters of St Ann of Madavaram :SSA
  • Sisters of St Anne of Tirurchirapalli :SAT
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC

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