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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Amravati

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Indian Missionary Society :IMS
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Anne (CSSA) :Guntur
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Order of Servants of Mary :OSM
  • Poor Sisters of Our Lady :PSOL
  • Queen of the Apostle :SRA
  • Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima :FS
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Society of St Ursula :SU

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