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  LATINE RITE    -  Province: Vishakapatnam  
  History  
 
The Diocese of Eluru comprises the whole of West Godavari district and the Mandals of Amalapuram, Kothapeta, Rajole and Mummidivaram of East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. This territory was bifurcated from the Diocese of Vijayawada and erected into a Diocese by the Papal Bull 'Dubitantes' of Pope Paul VI dated December 9, 1976.
 
  Bp Aruliah Somavarapa was appointed the First Bishop of Kadapa.  
     
 
MOST. REV. JOHN MULAGADA D.D
Born : Dec. 12, 1937
Priestly Ordn.: Jan. 04, 1965
El: February 26th 1977;
Episcopal Ordn.: May 05, 1977
 
     
  Address:
Bishop's House,
Xavier Nagar
Eluru - 534 007
W. Godavari Dt.,
Andhra Pradesh.
Tel: (08812) 230 707 (O),
Per.191-8812-234407
Fax: (08812) 237 407
Mobile: 98 48 14 45 03
E-mail:
bjmelr@rediffmail.com 
 
     
 
Patron : Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Area : 4, 300 Sq.Kms.
Total Population : 75, 00,000
Catholics : 2, 75, 000
Languages : Telugu
 
     
  History  
 
The Diocese of Eluru comprises the whole of West Godavari District and Amalapuram, Kothapeta, Razole Taluks of East Godavari territory was bifurcated from the Diocese of Vijayawada and erected into a diocese by the Papal Bull ‘Dubitantes’ of Pope Paul VI dated December 9th 1976.Most Rev.John Mulagada was appointed the first Bishop of Eluru.
 
     
  OFFICIALS  
 
Vicar General : Msgr.V.C.Abraham
Chancellor : Fr.Bosco Rajendra
Secretary : Fr.T.Emmanuel
Notary & Procurator : Fr. P. Bala
Episcopal Vicars : Fr.Ch.Innaiah, Fr.Ch.Anthony and Fr.Jeya Prakash
Consultors : Vicar General, Episcopal Vicars, Chancellor, Procurator, Fr. Mathew Kalikat H.G.N, Fr. Melchoir Raja Durgam PIME Fr.John Peter and Fr.P.Solomon Raju.
Councillors : Fr.Ch.Innaiah, Fr.Ch.Anthony and Fr.Jaya Prakash
: Vicar General, Episcopal Vicars, Chancellor, Procurator,
Fr. Mathew Kalikat H.G.N , Fr. Melchoir Raja Durgam
PIME Fr.John Peter and Fr.P.Solomon
Catechetics and Bible : Fr.T.Gabriel
Catholic Charities : Fr.G.Moses
Vocations : Fr.K.Rayappa
Laity & Family : Fr.Maria Elias
Education : Fr.I.Michael
Pontifical Mission Aids : Fr.R Maria Joji, M.F
Liturgy : Fr.M.Vijay Kumar
Youth : Fr.Kaki Charles
Jyothirmai : Fr.P.Bala and Fr.T.Emmanuel
Media : Fr. Pariyal Joseph SSP
APSSS : Fr.G.Moses
 
     
  The Parishes  
 
Eluru: Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Xavier Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-251661 Ashoka Nagar :Amalodbhavi Church, , Eluru-534 006, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-236537
Akividu: St. Joseph’s Church, Akividu-534 235, W.G.Dt
Tel: 08816-252420
Allipalli : Our Lady of Purification Church, Allipalli(Via) Utasamudram-534 460, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-27222 Amalapuram : Immaculate Conception Church, Amalapuram-533 201, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-221643
Ambajipet : St.Mary’s Church, Ambajipeta-533 214, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-243100
Annadevarapeta: Holy Redeemers Church, Annadevarapeta-534 344, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08818-282166
Anthonynagar: St.Antony of Padua’s Church, Antony Nagar, Pragadavaram (P.O), 534 461, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-222323 Attili : St. Frances De Sales Catholic Church, Attili-534 134, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08819-256278
Bhimadole : Our Lady of Health Church, Bhimadole-534 425, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08829-222251
Bhimavaram : Holy Cross Church, Bhimavaram-534 458, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08816-236826
Borrampalem: Infant Jesus Church, Borrampalem-534 458, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-257435
Bhuvanapalli: Infant Jesus Church, Ganapavaram-534 198
Tel: 08818-256073
Chebrole :St. Frances De Sales Church, Chebrole-534 406, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08818-252233
Chintalapudi: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Chintalapudi-534 460, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-223200
Darbhagudem : Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Darbhagudem-534 456, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08821-281210
Dendulduru :Our Lady of Purification Church, Denduluru-534 432, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08829-243517
D.Gannavaram: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, D.Gannavaram-533 224, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-243577
Dharmajigudem: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dharmajigudem-534 462, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-245291 Dondapudi :Infant Jesus Catholic Church, (Shrine) Dondapudi, Gopalpuram Mandal-534 318, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08811-255493 Eluru: Sacred Heart Monastery, Pragathy Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812- 230089
Eluru : St.Michaels Chruch, Pension Lane, Eluru-534 005, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-230294
Eluru :St.Theresa’s Church, N.R.Pet, Eluru-534 006, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812- 232261
Fathimapuram : Our Lady of Fathima Church, Fathimapuram, Velagalapalli (PO) 534 461, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-274366
Gavaravaram : Holy Trinity c Church, Gavaravaram, Via Koyalagudem-534 198, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08821-237234 I.Pangidi : St.Joseph’s Church, I. Pangidi, Devarapalli (Mandal)-534 342, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08813-270027 I. Polavaram: Catholic Church, I. Polavaram-533 220E.G.Dt.
Irusumanda : St.Joseph’s Church, Irusumanda-533 239, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-227688
Jalipudi : Holy Cross Church, Jalipudi, Eluru-534 004, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-230638
Janampet : St.Francis of Assisi Chruch, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO),
Vijayarai 534 47 W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225421 (Quasi Parish)
Janampet :Vianney Church, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO), Vijayarai (via)-534 475 W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-282482/225473 (Quasi Parish) Janampet :Holy Spirit Church, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO),Vijayarai-534475
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225558 (Quasi Parish)
Janampet :Vincentian College, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO), Vijayarai -534 475 W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225505 (Quasi Parishes)
Janampet :MSFS Church, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO), Vijayarai -534 475
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225426 (Quasi Parish)
Janampet :Edith Stein Church, (OCD) Mariapuram, Vijayarai-534 475
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225490 (Quasi Parish)
Janampet :Vincentian Church, (C.M) Mariapuram, Vijayarai -534 475, W.G.Dt. (Quasi Parish)
Janampet :St.Camillus Church, Mariapuram, Vijayarai -534 475 , W.G.Dt.
(Quasi Parish)
Jangareddigudem: Sacred Heart Church, Jangareddigudem-534 447, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08821-223179
Jubilee Nagar: Divine Mercy Church, Jubilee Nagar Lingapalem (M.D.L)-534 462 Tel: 08823-246484
Kadakatla : Blessed Mother Josephine Vannini Church, Tadepalligudem-534 101, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08818-223605 Kalipatnam : Blessed Virgin Mary’s Church, Kalipatnam-534 534, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08814-286224
Kamavarapukota: Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, Kamavarapukota-534 449, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-256959
Kannapuram : St.Vincent De Paul Church, Kannapuram, Buttaigudem Mandal
-534 311, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08821-276272
Kanuru : Catholic Church, Kanuru, Peravalli (MDL)-534 329, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08819-225207
Katrenikona: Catholic Chruch, Katrenikona, E.G.Dt.
Komaragiri : Christu Jyothi Church, Komaragiri-533 220, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-278213
Korukollu : Arogya Matha Church, Korukollu-534 209, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08816-270237
Kovvur : St.Francis of Assisi Church, Deepthinagar, P.B. No.8, Kovvur-534 350, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08813-231472/231572
Kurukuru :Mary Queen of Apostles Church, Kurukuru-534 305, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-229453
Lakkavaram: St.John the Baptist Church, Lakkavaram-533 453, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08862-256204
Madhavaram: Blessed Virgin Mary’s Church, Madhavaram-534145,
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08818-273265
Mallukunta : Our Lady of Fathima Church, Mallukunta-534 145, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-257353
Mogalthuru : Holy Savior’s Church, Mogalthuru-534 281, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08814-247432
Mulagalampadu: Hoy Family Church, Mulagalampadu, Dharmajigudem, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08823-244245
Mummedivaram: Infant Jesus Church, Kondalmmachinta, Mummedivaram-533 216, E.G.Dt. Tel: 08856-272597 Mukteswaram: Catholic Church, Mukteswaram, Ayinavelli Mandal, E.G.Dt.
56 Nadipalli : Holy Trinity Church, Nadipalli-534 475, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-225407
Naguladevupadu: St.Joseph’s Church, Naguladevupadu-W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-228269
Nallazerla : Infant Jesus Church, Nallazerla-534 112, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08818-277225
Narsapuram: Four Evamgelists Church, Beach Road, Narsapur-534 275, W.G.Dt. Tel:08817- 277817 Nidadavole : St.Ambrose Church, Nidadavole-534 301, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-221735
Nidadavole : St.John’s Church, Jyothi Colony, Nidadavole-534 301, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-221240
Nirmalagiri : Our Lady of Nirmalagiri Church, Nirmalagiri, Gowripatnam-534 313, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08813-278728 / 278628 Nyayampalli: St.Lucy Church, Nyayampalli-534 450, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-259330
Palakole : Holy Cross Church Pallotinagar, Yellavanigaruvu, Palakole-534 260, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08814-224719 Palivela : Sacred Heart Church, Palivela-533 239, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08855-243716
Pandirimamidigudem: St.Ignatius of Loyola Church, Pandirimamidigudem-534 448, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08821-274470 (Tribal Mission)
Pedapadu : Sacred Heart Church, Pedapadu-534 437, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-285587
Penugonda : Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Penugonda-534 320, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08819-248827 Pinakadimi: St.Joseph’s Church, Pinakadimi, Eluru, W.G.Dt.
Polavaram : St.Joseph’s Church, Carmelpuram, Polavaram-534 315, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08811-251259 (Tribal Mission)
Poolapalli: St.John’s Church, Poolapalli, Palakole, 534 260, W.G.Dt. Prattipadu : Blessed Virgin Mary’s Church, Prattipadu (PO) Tadapalligudem-
534 146, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08818-223210
Raghavapuram: Infant Jesus Church, Raghavapuram-534 460, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-275259
Rallakunta: Our Lady of Fathima Church, Fathimapuri, Rallakunta
Dwarakathirumala-534 426 W.G.Dt. Tel.08829- 271748
Ramannapalem: St.Antony’s Church (Shrine) Ramannapalem Devarapalli Mandal-534313, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08813-273091
Ravulapalem : St.John Bosco Church, Ravulapalem-533 238, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08855-255488
Razole : Holy Cross Catholic Church, Razole-533 242, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08862-221114
Dharbhagudem: Holy Rosary Church, Rosarians, Dharbhagudem, W.G.Dt.
(Quasi Parish)
Samaladivi : Sagara Thara Vailankanni Matha Church, Samaladivi, K.P.Palem-
534 283W.G.Dt. Tel: 08814-284207
Shanti Nagar: St.Joseph’s Catholic Church, Shanti Nagar, Karakkayapeta,
(Via) Amalapuram-533 201, E.G.Dt. Tel: 08856-231018
Tadepalligudem: Nativity Church Tadepalligudem-534 101, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08818-244581
Tadikalapudi: Our Lady of Lourdus Church (Shrine), Tadikalapudi-W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-258873
Thangellamudi:St.Joseph’s Church, Thangellamudi-534 004, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-236371 Tanuku : Immaculate Conception Church, Tanuku-534 211, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08819-224668
Tedlem : Four Evangelists Church, Tedlem-534 467, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-278207
Undrajavaram:RCM Church, Undrajavaram, W.G.Dt. ( Quasi- Parish) Vaddigudem: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Vaddigudem-534 437, W.G.Dt.
Cell: 9848059717
Vangayagudem: Blessed Mother Theresa’s Church, Vangayagudem-534 001, W.G.Dt Tel: 08812-237962 Vatluru : Sacred Heart Church,Vatluru, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-244474
Veeravasaram: Divine Mercy Church Veeravasaram-534 245, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08816-286970
Vegavaram: R.C.M.Church, Gopannapalem-534 450, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-226479 (Quasi Parish)
Vegeswarapuram: Godavari Mary Matha Church, Vegeswarapuram, Thallapudi
Mandal, W.G.Dt.
Vijayarai : St.Antony’s Church, Vijayarai-534 475, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-225456
Vegiwada : Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Vegiwada-534 452, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-228003
Vellachintalagudem: Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Vellachintalagudem-
534 484, W.G.Dt Tel: 08813-257620
Yernagudem : St.John Maria Vianney Church, Yernagudem-534 313, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-229300
Yerraguntapalli: Catholic Church, Yerraguntapalli-W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08823-245217
Monastery (Sacred Heart Monastery)  
 
     
  ECCLESIASTICAL INSTITUTIONS  
 
Diocesan Catechetical, Liturgical, Adult Educational and Leadership Training Centre, Xavier Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-230707 St.Francis College: Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Janampeta, (Via) Eluru- 534 475, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225421 Vianney College: Janampeta, (Via) Eluru-534 475, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-225482 / 225473
Holy Spirit Seminary: Mariapuram, Janampeta, Post, (Via) Vijayarai-534 475, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225558 St.Vincentin College: Mariapuram, Janampeta, Post, (Via) Vijayarai-534 475, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-282505 St.Camillus Minor Seminary: Janampeta, Post, (Via) Vijayarai-534 475, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225480 / 225488
Heralds of Good News Seminary: Kurukurru-534 301, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-229453
Heralds of Good News: Minor Seminary, Nidadavole-534 301, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-221240
Missionaries of Faith: Major Seminary, Nadipalli-W.G.Dt.
MSFS Seminary, Mariapuram, Janampet (PO), Vijayarai -534 475
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225426
Edith Stein Seminary , Mariapuram, Vijayarai)-534 475
W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225490
Vincentian Seminary C.M, Mariapuram, Vijayarai -534 475, W.G.Dt.
St.Cammillus Minor Seminary, Mariapuram, Vijayarai -534 475 , W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-225270
Order of St.Benedictine Seminary, Pinakadimi, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-277449
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Seminary, Mariapuram, Janampet, Via Vijayarai-534 475 W.G.Dt., Tel: 08812-245006
Rosarians Formation House, Amalambika Ashram, Darbhgudem-534 456 TOR Fathers, Mariapuram, Janampet, (Via) Vijayarai-534475, W.G.Dt. Pramaseva Ashram: Gowripatnam (PO), Nirmalagiri-534 313, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08813-278648
St.Jerome’s Centre for Pastoral activcites, Nirmalagiri-W.G.Dt
Tel: 08813-278648
St.John’s Minor Seminary, Pinakadimi, Eluru, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-277522 St.John’s minor Seminary, Samaladevi, K.P.Palem, W.G.Dt.
Little Sisters of Christ Formaton House, Mariapuram, Janampeta (PO),
(Via) Vijayarai- 534 475, W.G.Dt, Tel: 08812-225570
Little of Sisters of Christ Formation House, Ashok Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-252552 Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate Study House, Janampeta, Vijayarai, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225460
St.Camillus Formation House, Janampet, Via Vijayarai, Eluru – 534 475, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-225484 Daughters of St. Francis De Sales Formation House, Ashoknagar,
Eluru-534 004, W.G.Dt.Tel:08812-232573
Clares Study House, Janampeta, Vijayrai, Eluru, W.G.Dt. 534 475
Tel:08812- 225270
Vimal Hrudaya Formation House, Srinivasa Nagar, Sanivarapupeta Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-249649 Holy Family Fprmation House, Ameena pet, Eluru-534 007
Tel: 08812-245596
St. Lucy’s Formation House, Janampet, (Via) Vijayarai-534 475, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-225468
Miles Jesu Sisters, Xavier Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-244965
Sisters of Good News Formation House, Thangelamudi, Eluru,W.G.Dt.
34 Sisters of HGN, Vegavaram, (Via) Gopannapalem-534 005, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812235051
Maria Sadhan Convent, Ashoknagar, Eluru – 534 002, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-239163
Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Formation House, Vegavaram, Via Gopannapalem -534 005, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-230465 Holy Family Novitiate Amalapuram-533 201, E.G.Dt.
Tel: 08856-221071
Sacred Heart Adoration Monastery, Vidyanagr, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
Tel: 08812-230089
Gnanadeepalaya Novitiate House, Srinivasa Nagar, Eluru, W.G.Dt.
Tel:08812-244564
Holy Cross Formation House, Timmarajupalem, Nidadavole-534 301
Tel: 08813-221417
Prathiksha Formation House, Janampeta, Mariapuram, Vijayarai, Pedavegi Mandal, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812- 225634
 
     
  Educational Institutions (Colleges)  
 
  • De-Paul Junior College & Hostel for Boys and Girls Pinakadimi, (Via) Eluru-534 004, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-277450
  • De-Paul Degree College & Hostel for Boys and Girls Pinakadimi, (Via) Eluru-534 004, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-277450
  • De-Paul P.G. College and Hostel (P.G), Pinakadimi, (Via) Eluru-534 004, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-277450
  • Gowripatnam: Gowripatnam: Nirmalahridhay Junior College & Hostel for Girls Nirmalagiri-534 313, W.G.Dt Tel: 08813-278610
  • Nirmalahridhay Degree College & Hostel for Girls, Nirmalagiri-534 313, W.G.Dt Tel: 08813-278610
  • St.Lucy Junior Collge & Hostel for Girls, Mariapuram, Janampeta, Vijayarai, Pedavegi Mandal, W.G.Dt.
  • St. Theresa’s Junior College & Hostel for Women, Eluru-534 002, W.G.Dt. Tel: 08812-230367 / 222457
  • St. Theresa’s Autonomous College & Hostel for Women, Gavaravaram, Eluru-534003,W.G.Dt.Tel:08812-250380
  • St. Theresa’s P.G. College & Hostel for Women, Gavaravaram, Eluru-534 003,W.G.Dt.Tel: 08812-250380
 
     
 

HIGH SCHOOLS - 35

ELEMENTRY SCHOOLS - 66

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

 
 
  • Ave Maria Deenanada Institute of Computer Sciences, Lakkavaram, E.G.Dt.
  • St.Joseph’s Technical School for Girls, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-230707
  • St.Xavier’s I.T.I for Boys, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-553472
  • St.John’s Computer Institute, Lakkavaram, E.G.Dt.
  • Morning Star Institute for Girls, Vidyanagar, Eluru-534 007,
    Tel: 08812-250414
  • St.Joseph’s Institute for Girls, Timmarajpalem, Nidadavole-534 007, W.G.Dt.
  • Tanuku: Vimal Technical School for Girls, Tanuku-534 311, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08819-222646
  • Vijayarai: Carmelite Technical School for Girls, Vijayarai-534 311, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-225487
  • St.Theresa’s Community Collgee, Gavaravaram, Eluru-534 003,W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-250380
  • St.John’s Vocational Training Centre , Alliveedu, Vijairai, Eluru-534 475, W.G.Dt.
 
     
  Professional Colleges  
 
  • Bl. Mother Vannini BSC Collgeg of Nursing, Kadakatla, Thadepalligudem, W.G.Dt
  • Bl. Mother Vannini School of Collgeg of Nursing, Kadakatla, Thadepalligudem, W.G.Dt
  • St. Joseph Dental College, Duggirala, Eluru, W.G.Dt-534007
    Tel: 08812-277634 / 277583
  • St. John’s College of Education, Somavarapupadu, Eluru, W.G.Dt.
 
     
  SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES  
 
  • APSSS Regional Centre, Xaviernagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-250081
  • Diocesan Social Service Centre, Xavier Nagar, Eluru-534 007, W.G.Dt.
    Tel: 08812-230437
 
     
 

Orphanages and Boarding Homes - 70

HOSPITALS AND DISPENSARIES - 31

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

 
     
 

Heralds of Good News Press, Rly Station Road, Eluru-534005, W.G.Dt
Illuminare Omnes, Diocesan News Letter, Vianney College, Janampeta, W.G.Dt
News Letter of St.Joseph’s Dental College (Quarterly), Duggirala, Eluru, W.G.Dt.
Prema-Seva, Monthly News Letter of St. Vincent De Paul, Eluru, W.G.Dt
Vignananilayam, Philosophical Annual (Vignanadeepti), Janampeta-W.G.Dt.

 
     
  ST. JOSEPH DENTAL COLLAGE AT DUGGIRALA, ELURU  
 

St. Joseph Dental collage, 4.5 kms away from the bishop’s house, is another feature in the cap of the diocese. It was established with much difficulty in the year 2001. This stands as the first and only dental collage run by a catholic diocese in India.

It secured permission from the government of India in 2002 and the first batch of students was admitted in October 2002. The second batch of students were admitted in October 2003 and the present batch (the third batch) in October 2004. Now there are 400 students in all. This is a four – year course with an additional year Internship (house surgeoncy).

The Apostolic Nuncio visited the collage on 13 February 2004 and inaugurated the collage formally in the presence of the Bishops of Andhra Pradesh. It has got independent hostels for boys and girls, staff quarters with in the campus.

 
     
  THE DIOCESAN SHRINE OF OUR LDY OF NIRMALAGIRI  
 

The shrine of Our Lady was established in the year 1981. When the Bishop was going to Rajamundry, his car got punctured on the way, the place of the present day Shrine. The Bishop was inspired to have a shrine for Mother Mary. Slowly the Shrine grew year by year and today it has the biggest Shrine Church in the Costal Andhra with various services available to the people. There is a hospital run by the Destitute Sisters. A High school and a collage exist at the foot of the Hill. The lay people of the Vincent de Paul Society opposite the hill manage a home for the aged. The Indian model temple on the hill and the adjacent Prema Seva Ashram give a grandiose look to the place. Every day middy meals are served to the pilgrims freely. Hundreds of people visit the Shrine daily. Thousands visit on weekdays and lakhs of people visit on the annual pilgrimage days from 22March to 25 March. The annual festival is on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.

The Shrine Church was consecrated by Most Rev. Baldisseri, the then Nuncio in 2000 (Grand Jubilee memorial). Most Rev. Lepez Quintana, the present Nuncio visited the Shrine Church on 12 February, 2004.

 
     
  THE MAJOR SEMIARY, JANAMPET  
 

10 Kms away from Eluru, Janampet is a center of ecclesiastical learning. It was established in 1984. The Bishop secured 100 acres of land here and invited various religious to have their houses of formation. The Capuchins run the seminary called St. Francis Collage.

The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS), Holy Spirit Fathers (OSS), Camillian Fathers, Congregation of the missions, Vincentian Congregation, OCDs St. Paul’s and houses of women religious like the Maestre Pie Filippini, Little Sisters of Christ, St. Ann of Luzenrn are here. The seminarians appear for B.A. of Andhra University and their Philosophy is affiliated to the same University. Theology is affiliated to Urbanium University, Rome. The diocese has its own formation houses called Vianney College – A B for Pholosophers and Theologians.

The entire campus owes it existence to His Excellency, Bishop John Mulagada’s vision and concern for formation of young men and women. It is he who started the Major Seminary and entrusted it with OFM Capuchins.

 
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