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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.

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Diocese of Irinjalakuda

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :C.M.I.
  • Congregation of Missionary Brothers of St Francis of Assisi :CMSF
  • Congregation of St. Therese :CST
  • Congregations of the Rosarians :CR
  • Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Conventual :O.F.M.Conv.
  • Malabar Missionary Brothers :M.M.B.
  • Order of Friars Minor :Capuchin
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :S.D.B.
  • The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette :MS
  • The order of the Discalced Carmelites :O.C.D.
  • Vincentian Congregation :V.C.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Benedictine Sisters of Lioba :OSB
  • Congregation of St. Martha :C.S.M.
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :C.M.C.
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity :C.S.C.
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth :C.S.N.
  • Daughters of Charity of St.Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Dominican Sisters of Presentation :OP
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSMI
  • Samaritan Sisters :S.S.
  • Schoenstatt Secular Institute, Maria Bhavan
  • Secular Institute of Schoenstatt sisters of Mary :ISSM
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fathima :FS
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :S.A.B.S.
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanad :SCC
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross :SOLM
  • Society of Nirmala Dasikal :S.N.D.
  • St. Annes of Bangalore :SAB

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