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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Brothers of St. Patrick : FSP
  • Brothers of St. Theresa of Avila

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Association of Christ Redeemer Idente Missionaries of Christ Crucified :MID
  • Congregation of Mission : CM
  • Friars of Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap.
  • Josephites of Muriadoaries of Christ Crucified : CSJ
  • Oblates of St. Joseph :OSJ
  • Order of St. Augustine : OSA
  • Order of the Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Priests of the Sacred Heart : SCJ
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of St. Francis Sales :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Association of Christ Redeemer Idente Missionaries of Christ Crucified : MID
  • Augustinian Sisters of Most Holy Annunciation : OSA
  • Augustinian Sisters of Servants of Jesus and Mary :ASSJM
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa ~ : CSST
  • Compassionate Servants of Mary Sisters : CSM
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Congregation of the Carmelite Religious of Trivandrum : CCR
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo : SCB
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph : CSJ
  • Daughters of Divine Zeal : FDZ
  • Daughters of Nazreth : DN
  • Daughters of the Crowned Virgin :DCV
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary : DHM
  • Deena Sevana Sabha : DSS
  • Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Rosary : OP
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Handmaids of the sacred Heart of Jesus : ACI
  • Institute of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel : O Carm
  • Missionary Sisters of Incarnation : SMI
  • Order of Poor Clares Colletines : PCC
  • Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross : CP
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration : PCPA
  • Reparatrix Sisters of the Sacred Heart : RSSH
  • Sisters Handmaids of Charity of Vincent De Paul : SMCD
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne : SCHSA
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts. Capitanio and V. Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Holy Nativity : SSN
  • Sisters of Mercy of St. Maria Madgalena Postel : SMMP
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows Servants of Mary :PISA
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross Menzingen :HC
  • Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus : MSC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart : SSH
  • Society of Our Lady of the Way : Secular Institute
  • Visitation Congregation : VSDB

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