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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 Varanasi

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers : CMSF
  • Mil Hill Missionaries : MHM
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : Ofm, Cap
  • Order of Premonstratensians/Norbertine Fathers : OPraem
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • The Indian Missionary Society : IMS

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Congregation of Jesus : CJ (IBMV)
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Dinasevanasabha (Servants of the poor) :DSS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary : FSM
  • Institute of the Maids of the Poor : MOP
  • Little Sisters of Jesus : LSJ
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph : MSJ
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles : SRA
  • Satya Seva Catechist Sisters of Family : SSCS
  • Sisters of (St. Vincent De Paul) Daughters of Charity : DC
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Providence : OLP
  • Sisters of Providence of Gap : SPG
  • Sisters of St. Ann Providence : SAP
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanood :SCC
  • Society of Jesus Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary : SHM
  • The Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary : ICM
  • The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament : SAMS
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters : UFS
  • Ursuline of Mary Immaculate : UMI

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