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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Malaybalay

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Religious Institutes of Men

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  • Marist Brothers :FMS
  • Order of St. Benedict :OSB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation :OSA
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FdCC
  • Contemplatives :Carmelite Sisters (Discalced)
  • Contemplatives :Benedictine Monks (Subiaco)
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul :DC
  • Franciscan Apostolic Sisters :FAS
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate :FSI
  • Medical Mission Sisters :MMS
  • Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese :MCST
  • Missionary Congregation of Mary :MCM
  • Missionary Daughters of St. Jerome Emiliani (MS), Somascan Missionary Sisters
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception :MIC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary :SMSM
  • Order of St. Benedict (OSB), Assisi
  • Order of the Most Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel :OCD
  • Religious of the Assumption :RA
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary :RVM
  • Religious Sisters of Mercy :RSM
  • Sacro Costato Missionary Sisters and Sorrowful Mother :MSC
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Charles Borromeo :CB
  • Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres :SPC
  • Teresian Association :TA
  • Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart :UMSH

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