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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

  • Amigonian Fathers and Brothers ~ TC
  • Brothers of Charity ~ FC
  • Brothers of Christian School ~ FSC
  • Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers ~ SSS
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ~ CICM
  • Congregation of the Mission ~ CM
  • Congregation of the Sons of Charity ~ FdCC
  • Hospitaller Order of St. John of God ~ OH
  • Missionaries of Saint Charles Scalabrinians ~ CS
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart ~ MSC
  • Missionary Society of Saint Paul ~ MSSP
  • Missionary Society of St. Columban ~ MSSC
  • Montfort Missionaries ~ SMM
  • Oblates of St. Francis ~ OSF
  • Oblates of St. Joseph ~ OSJ
  • Order of Friars Minor ~ OFM
  • Order of Preachers ~ OP
  • Order of St. Augustine ~ OSA
  • Order of St. Benedict ~ OSB
  • Order of St. Camillus ~ OSC
  • Order of the Augustinian Recollect ~ OAR :

  • Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins ~ OFMCap
  • Salesian Society of Don Bosco ~ SDB
  • Society of Divine Word ~ SVD
  • Society of Jesus ~ SJ
  • Society of St. Paul ~ SSP
  • Sons of Mary, Health of the Sick ~ FMSI

Religious Institutes of Men in the diocese before the Korean War

  • Daughters of Wisdom (Montfort Sisters) ~ DW

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines ~ AMP
  • Augustinian Recollect Sisters ~ AR
  • Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation ~ OSA-ASOLC :
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity ~ FdCC
  • Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family ~ TC
  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus ~ CMSTCJ
  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity - Vedruna ~ CCV
  • Conceptionist Missionary Sisters ~ RCM
  • Congegration of the Hijas de Jesus ~ FI
  • Congregacion de Religiosas Misineras de Santo ~ OP
  • Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines ~ OP
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres ~ SPC
  • Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul ~ DC :

  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians ~ FMA :

  • Daughters of Saint Paul ~ FSP
  • Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca ~ DML
  • Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda ~ OPBI
  • Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sienna ~ OP
  • Dominican Sisters of the Trinity ~ OP
  • Franciscan Apostolic Sisters ~ FAS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary ~ FMM
  • Little Sisters of Jesus ~ LSJ
  • Missionaries Apostles of Christ in the Eucharist ~ MACE
  • Missionaries of Charity ~ MC
  • Missionaries of the Child Jesus ~ MCJ
  • Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing ~ OSB
  • Missionary Catechists of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus ~ MCST
  • Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit ~ SSpS
  • Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary ~ OP
  • Missionary Sisters of Saint Columban ~ MSSC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Catechism ~ SMC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception ~ MIC
  • Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer ~ OSR
  • Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate ~ PVMI
  • Perpetual Adoration Sisters of Mary ~ PSM
  • Pious Disciples of the Divine Master ~ PDDM
  • Religious of Mary Immaculate ~ RMI
  • Religious of the Assumption ~ RA
  • Religious of the Good Shepherd ~ RGS
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary ~ RVM
  • Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Americas ~ RSM
  • Siervas de Jesus dela Caridad ~ SdJ
  • Siervas de San Jose ~ SSJ
  • Sister Oblates of the Holy Spirit ~ OSS
  • Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne ~ SCSA :
  • Sisters of Mary of Banneux ~ SM
  • Sisters of Providence ~ SP
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph the Apparitions ~ SJA
  • Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus ~ HFJ
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth ~ CSFN
  • Verbum Dei Missionaries ~ FMVD
  • Xaverian Missionaries of Christ Jesus ~ XMCJ

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