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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

  • Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SHJ
  • Carmelites (first order) Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ : CP
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :MSC
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) :SJ
  • Vincentian Congregation : VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion : OSB
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa : CSST
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul : DC
  • Daughters of Mary : DM
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Dominican Sisters of the Presentation : OP
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours :FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph : FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIH
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of BIessed Virgin Mary : FSPM
  • Holy Cross Sisters of Chavanod : SCC
  • Medical Mission Sisters :MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Order of our Most Holy Saviour : OSSS
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration : PCPA
  • Servants of Mary : SM
  • Servants of Mary Mother of Sorrows :OSM
  • Seva Missionary Sisters of Mary : SMSM
  • Sisters of Marioa Auxiliatrix : SMA
  • Sisters of St. Anne : SA
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo : SCB
  • Sisters of St.Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the BIessed Sacrament : SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SSHJ
  • Society of the Sisters of St. Anne :SSA

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