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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 Tiruchirapalli

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SHJ
  • Camalddese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict : OSBCAM
  • Congregation of the Fathers of the Holy Cross : CSC
  • Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi : CMSF
  • Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians) : CM
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) : CSsR
  • Congregation of the Rosarians : CR
  • Marist Brothers of the Schools : FMS
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary : MSSCC
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Norbertines : OPraem
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap
  • Order of St. Camillus ~ :OSCam
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Brothers of St. Patrick : FSP
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD
  • The Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • The order of Friar Servants of Mary : ASM

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ : ASC
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the most Blessed Sacrament : CFMSS
  • Congregation of Rosarians : CR
  • Congregation of Sisters of Jesus : CSJ
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception :CIC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca : DML
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours : FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph : FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Thomas : FST
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : ICM
  • Mother of Sorrows, Servants of Mary : OSM
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Seva Missionary Sisters of Mary : SMSM
  • Sister of Our Lady of Providence : OLP
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary : SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth : SCN
  • Sisters of Charity of Saint Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix : SMA
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart :SSH
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :SSHJ
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of Sisters of St. Anne, Chennai : SSA
  • The Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross (Passionist Sisters) : CP

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