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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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Archdiocese of Patna

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brother of St. Gabriel : S.G.
  • Congregation of the Rosarians : C.R.
  • Indian Missionary Society : I.M.S.
  • Missionary Brothers of Charity : M.C.
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : O.F.M. Cap.
  • Society of Jesus :S.J.
  • Society of Mary (The Marianists) :S.M.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions : R.N.D.M.
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery :C.S.S.J.
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate :D.M.I.
  • Daughters of St. Anne (Ranchi) : D.S.A.
  • Franciscan Clarist Sisters :F.C.C.
  • Franciscan Sisters of Notre Dame De Bon Secours :F.B.S./ Mata Sada Sahayika Sisters
  • Missionaries of Charity : M.C.
  • Missionaries of the Queen of Apostles :S.R.A.
  • Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary : I.C.M.
  • Order of the Discalced Carmelites : O.C.D.
  • Religious of the Assumption :R.A./ Assumption Sisters
  • Sisters of Apostolic Carmel : C.J.
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth : S.C.N.
  • Sisters of Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament : C.F.M.S.S.
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross : H.C
  • Sisters of Notre Dame :S.N.D.
  • Sisters of Sacred Heart (Patna) :S.S.H.
  • Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries Medical Mission Sisters
  • Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : R.S.C.J.
  • Ursuline Sisters of the Congregation of Tildonk : O.S.U.

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