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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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Diocese of Punalur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Congregations of Missions (Vincentians) :CM
  • Discalced Carmelite Friars :OCD
  • Institute of Voluntas Dei :IV Dei
  • Missionaries of the servants of the poor :SDP
  • Oblates of St. Joseph :OSJ
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM.Cap
  • Pallottines Society of Catholic Apostalate :SAC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Campassionate Sisters of Servants of Mary :CSM
  • Carmelite sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Carmelites Religious :CCR
  • Congregation of Oblate Sisters of St. Antony of Padua :OSAP
  • Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Carmel :OCARM
  • Congregation of Tersian Carmelites :CTC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann of Thiruchirapally :SAT
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate Pallottines :CSAC
  • Daughters of Divine Zeal :FDZ
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco) :FMA
  • Daughters of Nazareth :DN
  • Daughters of Sacred Heart :DSH
  • Daughters of St. Ann :DSA
  • Dinasevanasabha (Servants of the Poor) :FMM
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :SDP
  • Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIH
  • Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary :ICM
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostolate :SRA
  • Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :OSHJ
  • Order of St. Augustines :OSA
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomew Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of Handmaids of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul :SMDC
  • Sisters of Mercy of Holy cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo :SSJBC
  • Sisters of St. Jerome :SSJ
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of The Bethany :BS
  • Sisters of Visitation Congregation Allepey :SVC
  • Sisters Servants of Poor :SDP
  • St. Mary Magdalen Postel :SMMP
  • Ursulines of Mary of Immaculate :UMI

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