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Cardinal Cheong

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 Women-Lay Missionaries

  • Association of the Institute for Lay Missionaries Sisters : ALMA

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart : BHK
  • Congregation of the Disciple of the Lord : CDD
  • Congregation of the Mission : CM
  • Congregation of the Passion : CP
  • Montfort Missionaries : SMM
  • Order of Carmelites : Ocarm
  • Order of Servants of Mary : OSM
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD
  • St. Mary of Lourdes : BM

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinians : OSA
  • Carmelite Sisters : OCarm
  • Congregation of Carmelite Daughters : P.Karm
  • Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Servants of Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus : HK
  • Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul :PK
  • Franciscan Sisters of Sambas : KFS
  • Hermanas Carmelitas : H.Carm
  • Misericordia Sisters :Misc
  • Passionist Sisters :CP
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, Mother of Good Help : KYM
  • Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary : SPM
  • Sisters of the Followers of Jesus : CIJ
  • Sisters of the Poor Infant Jesus : PIJ
  • Sisters of the Servants of Christ : AK
  • Ursuline Nuns : OSU

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