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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.

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Diocese of Antipolo

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Alagad ni Maria [E-1990] ~ AM (PA)
  • Association of Men-Religious of the Diocese of Antipolo ~ AMRA
  • Brothers of Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) [E-1911] ~ FSC
  • Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites) [E-1989] ~ CRSP
  • Congregation of Mission (Vincentian Fathers and Brothers) ~ CM
  • Congregation of the Canossian Sons of Charity [E-1983] ~ FdCC
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [E-1907] ~ CICM
  • Congregation of the Passion of Christ [E-1958] ~ CP
  • Congregation of the St. John the Baptist the Precursor [E-1986] ~ CSJBP
  • Little Brothers of Jesus [E-1977] ~ LBJ
  • Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross [E-1976] ~ MMHC
  • Marist Brothers of Schools [E-1948] ~ FMS
  • Missionaries of Jesus (Clerical Public Association) [E-2002] ~ MJ
  • Oblates of St. Joseph [E-1915] ~ OSJ
  • Order of St. Camillus (Camillians) [E-1975] ~ OSC
  • Order of the Augustinian Recollects [E-1606] ~ OAR
  • Poor Servants of Divine Providence ~ PSDP
  • Society of Divine Word ~ SVD
  • Society of Jesus ~ SJ
  • St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (F-2004)

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of St. Paul [E-1938] ~ FSP
  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ ~ ASC
  • Angelic Sisters of St. Paul [E-1986] ~ ASP
  • Association of Consecrated Women of Antipolo ~ ACWA :Chairperson: Sister Adelina Mumpar, MMCC
    Vice- Chairperson: Sister Helen Catangcatang, FI
    Secretary: Sister Marivella, FDZ
  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus [F-1987] ~ CMSSTCJ
  • Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena ~ OP
  • Congregation of Hijas de Jesus [E-1932] ~ FI
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne [E-1980] ~ SSA
  • Congregation of the Daughters of St. Dominic ~ OP-DSD
  • Congregation of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing [E-1906] ~ OSB
  • Congregation of the Sisters Little Workers of the Sacred Heart [E-1994] ~ LWSH
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres [E-1904] ~ SPC
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth [E-1982] ~ CSFN
  • Congregations of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception ~ SFIC
  • Convent and Formation House (F-1988) ~ SHC
  • Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi [E-1995] ~ IFSF
  • Dominican Contemplative Nuns [E-1977] ~ OP
  • FDZ - Daughters of Divine Zeal [E-1978] ~ FDZ
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus [E-1980] ~ FMIJ
  • Medical Mission Sisters [E-1960] ~ MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity [E-1977] ~ MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [E-1910] ~ ICM
  • Mother of Divine Providence Convent (E-1986)
  • Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel (Ancient Observance) [E-1958] ~ O.Carm
  • Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross [F-1987] ~ CP
  • Pious Disciple of the Divine Master (Contemplative-Apostolic) [E-1956] ~ PDDM
  • Religious of the Assumption [E-1892] ~ RA
  • RSCJ - Religious of Sacred Heart ~ RSCJ
  • Rural Missionary Sister of the Holy Trinity [E-1988] (Association of the Faithful) ~ RM
  • Sister of Charity of Our Lady Mother Mercy [E-1832] ~ SCMM
  • Sisters Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus (Camillian Sisters) ~ CS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne ~ SCSA
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Amersfoot (Indonesia) ~ SPM
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross [E-1986] ~ SHC (DIOC/PU)
  • Sisters of the Poor of St. Catherine of Siena [F-1981] ~ SDP
  • Society of Our Mother of Peace [F-1966; E-1998] ~ SMP

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