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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

  • Order of Imitation of Christ : OIC
  • Order of the Friars Minor : OFM
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) : SAC
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary immaculate : ASMI
  • Bethany Sisters of the Imitation of Christ : SIC
  • Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians : SMI
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne (Trichy) : SAT
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne ~ Bangalore : SAB
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery : CSSJ
  • Daughters of St. Anne : DSA
  • Discalced Nuns of the Order of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel : CD
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIH
  • Medical Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi : OSF
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Sacred Heart Congregation : SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Samaritan Sisters : SS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne (Mumbai) :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Dinasevanasabha : DSS
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Dillingen :SF
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons : SJL
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Handmaids of Mary : HM
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross : SCSC
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of the Catholic Medical Missionaries : SCMM

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