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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

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of St Therese : CST Brothers
  • Congregation of the Holy Cross : CSC
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) : CSsR
  • Hospitaller Order of Brothers of St. John of God : SMOM
  • Little Flower Congregation : CST Fathers
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales : MSFS
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament : MCBS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap.
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis : TOR
  • Vincentian Congregation : VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel Congregation (Madappally, Carmel Convent ) : AC
  • Apostolic Oblates : AO
  • Apostolic Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate : ASMI
  • Augustinian Sisters : OSA
  • Congregation of the Holy Family : CHF (Pontifical)
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth : CSN
  • Daughters of Mary : DM
  • Daughters of St Camillus : DSC
  • Daughters of St Francis De Sales : DSFS
  • Daughters of St Joseph : DSJ
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : DSHJ
  • Fervent Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : FDSHJ
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • Franciscan Sisters of All Saints : FSAS
  • Handmaids of Mary : HM
  • Holy Spirit Sisters : OSS
  • Josephine Sisters : JS
  • Little Servants of Divine Providence : LSDP
  • Little Sisters of Christ : LSC
  • Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts : LWSH
  • Medical Mission Sisters : MMS
  • Medical Sisters of St Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionaries of Mary Mediatrix : MMM
  • Missionaries of the Little Flower : MLF
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :OMMI
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration : PCPA
  • Sacred Heart Congregation : SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sevanodhyanam (Servants of Our Immaculate Lady) : SOIL
  • Sisters Adorers : SA
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio & Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Charity of St John of God :SCJG
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden : OLG
  • Sisters of Providence : SDP
  • Sisters of St Joseph of 'Saint - Marc : SJSM
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of St Thomas : SST (Monastic)
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorian Sisters) : SDS
  • Sisters of the Poor of St Catherine of Sienna : Sd P
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters : SMS
  • St Martha : SMC

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