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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) :SFC
  • Carmelites :O Carm
  • Claretian Missionaries (Claretians) :CMF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS / Fransalians
  • Salesians of Don Bosco (Salesians) :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Bethany Sisters :BS
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Daughters of St Anne (Calcutta) :DSA
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) :IBVM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Servite Sisters :SM
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa (Bambina) :SCCG
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :CJC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart (Patna) :SHS

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