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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart : MSC
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) : OFM
  • Order of St. Augustine : OSA
  • Order of the Holy Cross : OSC
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) : SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Franciscan Sisters of St Lucia : KSFL
  • Franciscan Sisters of Sukabumi : SFS
  • Servant Sisters of St Joseph : DSY
  • Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Sisters of St Francis of St George the Martyr : FSGM
  • Ursuline Sisters : OSU

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