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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 Pondicherry-Cuddalore

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Brothers of St. Michael : BSM
  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Community of St. John
  • Congregation of the Servants of Charity : SDC
  • Little Brothers of Jesus : LBJ
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi :CMSF
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Precious Blood Missionaries : CPPS
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann of Tiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Discalced Nuns of the Order of the BVM of Mount Carmel : OCD
  • Disciples of the Divine Master : PDDM
  • Donum Dei : DI
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours :FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph :FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Holy Spirit Sisters : OSS
  • Institute of the Sisters of Foreign Mission : ME
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Servants of Mary, Mother of Sorrows :OSM
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SSHJ
  • Society of Jesus Mary Joseph :JMJ

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