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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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Diocese of Tainan

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of St. John (Apostle) ~ FJ
  • Congregation of St. John the Baptist
  • Congregation of the Mission ~ CM
  • Maryknoll Missionaries ~ MM
  • Order of Friars Minor ~ OFM
  • Order of Preachers ~ OP
  • Salesians of Don Bosco ~ SDB
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuit) ~ SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ ASCJ
  • Chinese Dominican Sisters ~ OP
  • Contemplative Sisters of Saint John
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul ~ DC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians ~ FMA
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary ~ FMM
  • Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary ~ OP
  • Missionary Sister of Providence ~ MSP
  • Missionary Sisters Oblates of the Holy Family ~ OHF
  • Order of St. Clare ~ OSC
  • Sheng Kung Sisters ~ SMIC
  • Sister of St. Francis of Assissi ~ OSF
  • Sisters of Providence ~ SP
  • Sisters of the Precious Blood ~ SPB

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