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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of Our Lady of Lourdes :BM
  • Brothers of St. Mary of Providence :CMM
  • Capuchin Brothers :OFMCap
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin :OFMCap
  • Order of the Holy Cross :OSC
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Capuchin Poor Clares :OSCCap
  • Franciscan Sisters :OSF
  • Franciscan Sisters of Saint Lucia :KSFL
  • Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary :FCJM
  • Secular Institutes of Women :ALMA - Association of Institutes for Lay Missioners
  • Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy :SCMM
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Johanna Antida Thouret :SdC

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