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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Claretian Congregation :CMF
  • Clerics Regular Minor Adorno Father :CRM
  • Congregation of St. Theresa Brothers :CST Brothers
  • Little Flower Congregation :CST
  • Missionaries of Compassion :MoC
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Missionary Society of St. Thomas :MST
  • Order f Saint Benedict :OSB
  • Order of Friars Capuchins :OFM,Cap
  • Order of the Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Ancillae secular institute :ASI
  • Benedictine Sisters of St. Lioba
  • Congregation of Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of Jesus :CJ
  • Congregation of Missionaries of Jesus :MJ
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Preshitharam sisters :CPS
  • Congregation of Preshitharam Sisters :CPS
  • Congregation of Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Daughters of St. Thomas :DST
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Service
  • Franciscan Sisters of Destitute :FSD
  • Franciscan Sisters of Holy Annunciation :FSHA
  • Holy Spirit Sisters :OSS
  • Little Apostles of Redemption :LAR
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Mission Sisters of Ajmer :MSA
  • Missionaries of Little Flower :MLF
  • Missionaries of Mary Mediatrix :MMM
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Nazareth Sisters :NS
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ :PHJC
  • Religious of The Assumption :RA
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Samaritan Sisters :SS
  • Secular Institute of Mary Immaculate :Pious Union
  • Servant of Mary :SM
  • Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. John of God :SCJG
  • Sisters of Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of Good News :SGN
  • Sisters of Holy Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Providence :OLP
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS
  • Society of Kristu Dasi :SKD
  • St. Martha's Congregation :SMC

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