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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 Trivandrum (Latin)

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Claretian Missionary Fathers : CMF
  • Congregation of Oblates of St. Joseph : OSJ
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) :C.Ss.R
  • Congregation of the Sons of Immaculate Conception : CFIC
  • Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate : FI
  • Institute of Charity (Rosminians) : IC
  • Institute Voluntas Dei :IV Dei
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites - Malabar Province : OCD
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites - South Kerala Province :OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : Ofm.Cap
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus : SHJ
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) :SJ
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallotines) :SAC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Ancillae Secular Institute : ASI
  • Apostolic Carmelites : AC
  • Bethany Sisters of Little Flower : BS
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity : FDCC
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa : CSST
  • Congregation of Sisters of Charity : CSC
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Martha : CSSM
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Carmelite Religious : CCR
  • Congregation of the Rosarian Sisters : CR
  • Daughters of Charity :DC
  • Daughters of St. Anne :DSA
  • Daughters of St. Joseph : DSJ
  • Daughters of St. Paul : FSP
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary : DHM
  • Deena Sevana Sabha : DSS
  • Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate :FI
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King : FMCK
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonsaga : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIH
  • Handmaids of Blessed Sacrament and of Charity (Sisters Adorers) : AASC
  • Handmaids of Hope : HH
  • Institute of the Sisters of Our Lady of Carmel : O'Carm
  • Medical Mission Sisters : MMS
  • Medical Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi : OSF
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo - Scalaebrinians : MSCS
  • Missionary Sisters of St. Therese : MSST
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : ICM
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostle :SRA
  • Nava Jeevan Vikas Secular Institute : NJV
  • Oblates Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : OSHJ
  • Opus Spiritus Sancti :OSS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Preachers : OP
  • Order of the Immaculate Conception :OIC
  • Order of the Most Holy Saviour of St. Brigit : OSSS
  • Reparatrix Sisters of the Sacred Heart : RSSH
  • Sacred Science Sisters : SSS
  • Servants of the Poor Sisters : SDP
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne : SCSA
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts. Bartholomea Capitanio & Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : HSC
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima : FF
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy : SOLM
  • Sisters of Providence Rosminians :SPR
  • Sisters of St. Anne Trichy : SAT
  • Sisters of St. Dorothy Daughters of the Sacred Hearts : DSHS
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo : SJBC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of the Divine Saviour : SDS
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross : SHC
  • Sisters of Visitation Congregation : SVC
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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