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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 Thamarassery

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception :CFIC
  • Franciscan Congregation :OFM CAP
  • Little Flower Congregation :CST
  • Missionaries of Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Missionary Society of St. Thomas :MST
  • Order of Carmelites :O.Carm
  • Order of the Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) :SAC
  • The Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Ancillae secular institute :ASI
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Clariest Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Philip Neri Sisters :SFN
  • Congregation of Preshitharam Sisters :CPS
  • Congregation of Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Congregation of Sisters of Sacred Heart :SSH
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Aloysius
  • Congregation of the Daughters of Presentation of Mary in the Temple :DPM
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Aloysius :OSL
  • Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco) :FMA
  • Daughters of ST. Thomas :DST
  • Daughters of ST. Thomas :DST
  • Daughters of the Church :EF
  • Daughters of the Heart Mary :DHM
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • International Missionary Association :IMA
  • Medical Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Mission Sisters of Ajmer :MSA
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Nazareth Sisters :NS
  • Pious Disciples of the Divine Master :PDDM
  • Prabhu Dasi Sisters of Ajmer :PSA
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul :SCV
  • Sisters of Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of Holy Spirit :SHSP
  • Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph's of Lyons :SJL
  • Sisters of St. Joseph's of St. Mark :SJSM
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany :BS
  • Society of Kristu Dasi :SKD
  • Society of Nirmala Dasikal :SNDS
  • Ursulines of Tildonk :OSU

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