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.

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Archdiocese of Bhopal

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Dominicans : OP
  • Franciscan Brothers
  • Indian Missionary Society :IMS
  • Malabar Missionary Brothers : MMB
  • Montfort Brothers
  • Order of Friars Minor (Capuchins) :OFM,Cap
  • Passionists : CP
  • Pilar Fathers : SFX
  • Society of Divine Word : SVD
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate :SAC
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Benedictine Sisters of St. Lioba : OSB
  • Bethany Sisters : SIC
  • Carmelites Sisters of St. Teresa : CSST
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi :OSF
  • Deenasevanasabha Sisters :DSS
  • Disciples Sisters of Christ :Pious Association
  • Don Bosco Sisters :SDB
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Sister Clare : FSC
  • Holy Cross Sisters : SHC
  • Holy Cross Sisters of Chavanod : SCC
  • Holy Family Sisters :SFN
  • Holy Spirit Sisters :S.Sp.S.
  • Jesus Mary Joseph Sisters : JMJ
  • Little Flower Congregation
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary :OP
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Our Lady of the Garden Sisters : OLG
  • Pillar Sisters : PSA
  • Poor Sisters of Our Lady :PSOL
  • Presentation Sisters : PBVM
  • Queen of the Apostles : SRA
  • Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery :CSJ
  • St. Anne : DSA
  • St. Charles Borromeo Sisters : SCB
  • St. Joseph Sevika Sisters : SJS
  • St. Martha Sisters : CSM

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