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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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Diocese of Simla-Chandigarh

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Congregation of the Christian Brothers :C.F.C

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :C.M.I
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer :C.Ss.R
  • Indian Missionary Society :I.M.S
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :O.F.M Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :S.D.B
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier :S.F.X

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :A.C
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Jesus :C.J
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :C.H.F
  • Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary :RJM
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart :DSH
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King :FMCK
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces :FSLG
  • Mission Sisters of Ajmer :MSA
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Pilar Sisters Association :PSA
  • Prabhudasi Sisters of Ajmer :PSA
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :S.H.C
  • Sisters of Charity :SCCG
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitutes :SD
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth :SFN
  • The Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany :BS
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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