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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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Diocese of Palghat

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Congregation of St. Theresa :CST
  • Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual :OFM Conv
  • hird Order of St. Francis :TOR
  • Malabar Missionary Brothers :MMB
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Missionary Congregation of Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle :MST
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Vincentian Congregation :V.C

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Martha :CSM
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity :CSC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Congregation Samaritan Sisters :CSS
  • Daughters of Crowned Virgin :DCV
  • Daughters of Divine Providence :DDP
  • Daughters of Presentation of Mary in the Temple :DPM
  • Daughters of St. Thomas :DST
  • Deivadan Sisters :DDS
  • Dominican Sisters of the Holy Trinity :OP
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen :OSF
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Schoenstatt Missionary Sisters :ISSM
  • School Sisters of St. Francis :OSF
  • Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Luzern, India :SAS
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Sisters of St. Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Marc :SJSM
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS
  • Society of Kristudasi :SKD
  • Society of Nirmala Dasikal :SND
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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