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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.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Eparchy of Mavelikara

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • The congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis of Assisi :CMSF
  • The Order of the Imitation of Christ :OIC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Holy Spirit Sisters :OSS
  • Sacred Heart :SH
  • Sisters of the Imitation of Christ :SIC
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters :SMS
  • St Vincent De Paul Sisters :SCV

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