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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
  • Congregation of St. Theresa Brothers :CST Brothers
  • Laverna :TOR
  • Little Flower Congregation :CST Fathers
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Order of Carmelites :O.Carm.
  • Order of Carmelites Discalced :OCD
  • Order of Frairs Minor Conventural :OFM Conv.
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap.
  • Pallottines :SAC
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Congregation of Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha :CSM
  • Daivadhan Sisters :DDS
  • Deivamatha Ashram :DA
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Holy Annunciation :FSHA
  • Franciscan Sisters of our Lady of Graces :FSLG
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Destitute :FSD
  • Kristhudasis :SKD
  • Little Apostles of Redemption :LAR
  • Martha's Congregation :SMC
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionary Congregation of Daughters of St. Thomas :DST
  • Nazareth Sisters :NS
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus :SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco :FMA
  • Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of Charity Of St John Of God :SCSJG
  • Sisters of Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS

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