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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

  • Congregation of the Holy Spirit and the Immaculate Heart of Mary :Spiritans CSSp
  • Franciscan Friars Minors :OFM
  • Society of St. Columban :SSC
  • St. Joseph's Missionary Society Mill Hill :MHM

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Columban Sisters :SSC
  • Daughters of the Cross :FC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King :FMCK
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus :FCJ
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux :HF
  • Union of the sisters in the Presentation of the blessed Virgin Mary :PBVM

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