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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.

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Rogationist of the Heart of Jesus ~ RCJ
  • Society of St. Paul Fathers ~ SSP :


  • Alexian Brothers ~ CFA
  • Apostles of Jesus Crucified Fathers and Brothers ~ AJC
  • Blessed Sacrament Fathers ~ SSS
  • Brothers of the Holy Family ~ FSF
  • Cavanis Fathers ~ CSCH
  • Congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus ~ MJ
  • Congregation of the most Holy Redeemer ~ CSsR
  • Foreign Mission Society of Quebec (PME Fathers) ~ PME
  • Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers ~ MM
  • Mission Society of the Philippines ~ MSP
  • Oblates of St. Joseph ~ OSJ
  • Order of Discalced Carmelite Fathers ~ OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin ~ OFM Cap
  • Order of St. Benedict ~ OSB
  • Order of St. Camillus Fathers ~ OSC
  • Salesians of St. John Bosco ~ SDB
  • Society of Divine Word ~ SVD
  • Society of Jesus ~ SJ
  • Society of Mary Fathers ~ Marist Father
  • Society of the Divine Vocations ~ SDV

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Hijas de Jesus ~ FI
  • Trinitarian Sisters ~ CSST :
  • Apostles of Jesus Crucified Sisters ~ AJC
  • Apostles of Jesus Crucified Sisters ~ AJC
  • Benedictines of the Eucharistic King ~ OSB
  • Capuchin Poor Clares Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart ~ CSC
  • Daughters of Mary of the Assumption ~ FMA
  • Daughters of St. Anne ~ DSA
  • Daughters of St. Paul ~ FSP
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary ~ DHM
  • Dominican Sisters of the Trinity ~ OP
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
  • Living the Gospel Community ~ LGC :

  • Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic ~ MM
  • Missionaries of Charity ~ MC
  • Missionaries of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish ~ MPS
  • Missionaries of the Assumption ~ MA
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception ~ MIC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary ~ SMSM
  • Oblates of Notre Dame Sisters ~ OND
  • Order of Discalced Carmelite Sisters ~ OCD
  • Pious Disciples of the Divine Master ~ PDDM
  • Presentation of Mary ~ PM
  • Religious of the Cenacle sisters ~ RC
  • Religious of the Good Shepherd ~ RGS
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary ~ RVM
  • Servants of the Blessed Sacrament Sisters ~ SSS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Charles Borromeo ~ CB
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate ~ SMI
  • Sisters of the Divine Vocation ~ Vocationist Sisters
  • Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration ~ SSpSAP :
  • Society of Mary ~ Marist Sisters
  • Sorell Missionaries dell'Amore di Cristo (Missionary Sisters of the Love of Christ) ~ SMAC
  • Teresian Daugthers of Mary ~ TDM
  • Workers of Christ the Worker ~ WCW

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