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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

  • Carmelites of Mary immaculate :CMI
  • Christian Brothers :CFC
  • Indian Missionary Society :IMS
  • Malabar Missionary Brothers :MMB
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Bethany Sisters :BS
  • Bon Secours :FBS Faridpur
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Carmelite Religious of Trivendrum :CCR
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most-Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Community of Jesus :CJ
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary :DHM
  • Deena Sevana Sabha :DSS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary :FSM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Grace :FSLG
  • Holy Cross of Chavanod :H.C.
  • Holy Cross of Ignenbol :H.C.
  • Maids of the Poor :MOP
  • Medical sisters of St Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionaries of Charity :M.C.
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSI
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Order of St Francis :OSF
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ :PHJC
  • Salesian Sisters :FMA
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Holy Family :CHF
  • Sisters of our Lady of Providence :OLP
  • Sisters of St Anne of Providence :SAP
  • Sisters of St Joseph of St Mark :SJSM
  • Sisters of the Destitute :DS
  • Ursuline Sisters of St Francis :UFS
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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