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Cardinal Cheong

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 Chunchon

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer : CCsR
  • Hospitaller Order of St. John of God
  • Order of Friars Minor : OFM
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin :OFM.Cap.
  • Passionists : CP
  • Society of St. Francis de Sales : SDB
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate
  • The Congregation of Kkottongnae Brothers of Jesus

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Charity :BBS
  • Caritas Sisters of Miyazaki in Korea : CSM
  • Daughters of Divine Zeal :FDZ
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi : SFMA
  • Little Company of Mary : LCM
  • Little Servants of the Holy Family of Seoul
  • Missionaries Sisters of St. Columban : SSC
  • Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Seoul Priory : OSB
  • Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Busan : OSB
  • Order of St. Clare in Yangyang : OSC
  • Passionist Sisters : CP
  • Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill : SC
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of Suwon : SCV
  • Sisters of Divine Providence : CDP
  • Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd : SGBP
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres :SPC
  • Sisters of the Blessed Korean Martyrs
  • Sisters of the Good Shepherd : RGS
  • Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Mirinae : IHMM
  • The Congregation of Kkottongnae Sisters of Jesus

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