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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 Thanjavur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • De La Salle Brothers : FSC
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales : MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Order of Servants of Mary : OSM
  • Sacred Heart Brothers : SHJ
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa : CSST
  • Congregation of Sacred Heart of Jesus :SSHJ
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne, Trichy :SAT
  • Congregation of the Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Daughters of Mary help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate : DMI
  • Daughters of St. Francis de Sales : DSFS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours : FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St Aloysius Gonzaga : FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph : FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary : FIHM
  • Handmaids of Mary : HM
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver : SSPC
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ : PHJC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Satyaseva Catechist Sisters of the Families : SCS
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincent Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne (Bombay) :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Mary : SCSM
  • Sisters of Jesus : CSJ
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrow : OSM
  • Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus :SSHJ
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Providence : SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : PBVM
  • Society of St. Anne, Chennai : SSA
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate : UMI

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