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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.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Raigarh

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Daughters of St. Anne :DSA
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King :FMCK
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary immaculate :SMMI
  • Samaritan Sisters :SS
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of the Holy Spirit :SHSP
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Ursuline Sisters of the Congregation of the Tildonk :OSU

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