Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Vijayawada
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 5,019,336
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 251806
 
Founded:
10-Jan-33
Diocesan Priests: 158
  Total area:
Religious Priests: 90
 
Province:
Vishakapatnam
Religious Sisters: 756
 
Region:
Andhra Pradesh
Seminarians: 49
  Patron:
Ss. Peter & Paul
  Languages: Telugu English
  Civil States:
Contact Diocese of Vijayawada:
Bishop's House59 A 1-7 Ring Road Vijayawada 520 008 Krishna Dt. ANDRA PREDESH6
Telephone 1:
0866-24 71 355 / 24 78 629
Fax:
24 78 629
 
E-Mail Office:
bishopvja@sify.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Joseph Raja Rao Thelagathoti, Bishops of Vijayawada
Name:
Most Rev. Joseph Raja Rao Thelagathoti
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0866-24 84 647
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Vijayawada
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Vijayawada
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
958
 
Hospitals:
22
   
Degree Colleges:
3
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
115
   
Technical Training Centres:
20
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
58
Monastries:
41
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
173
Convents:
108
 
Counselling Centres:
2
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
2
Retreat Centres:
3
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
15
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
9
   
Higher Secondary :
11
       
Boarding Houses:
5
   
Upper Primary Schools:
7
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
2
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
73
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 10        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Vijayawada
 
The Diocese of Vijayawada comprised the whole of Krishna and West Godavari districts and the Taluks of Amalapuram Kothapeta Razole and Mummidivaram in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.

This territory was separated from Hyderabad and made a "Missio sui Juris" by a Brief of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide dated January 10 1933 and erected to a diocese on April 23 1937.

The Diocese of Eluru was bifurcated from Vijayawada on February 26 1977. The Diocese of Vijayawada now comprises only the civil district of Krishna.
Prelates of the Diocese of Vijayawada
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Prakash Mallavarapu 2002 - 2012 Bp. Marampudi Joji 1996 - 2000
Bp. Joseph S. Thumma 1971 - 1996 Bp. Ambrose De Battista P.I.M.E. 1951 - 1971
Bp. Domenico Grassi P.I.M.E. 1933 - 1951