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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.

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Diocese of Guntur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Degree and Postgraduate Colleges:
    9
  • Degree and Postgraduate Colleges -Students:
    3015
  • Elementary/Primary:
    91
  • Elementary/Primary - Students:
    13832
  • High School - Students:
    36702
  • High Schools:
    74
  • Junior College - Students:
    2631
  • Junior Colleges:
    10
  • Number of Nursing Colleges:
    3
  • Technical Institutes/Schools:
    15

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS Hospices:
    1
  • Dispensaries:
    16
  • Ecclesiastical Institutions:
    5
  • Health Centers:
    4
  • Homes for Street children, destitute girls:
    2
  • Homes for the disabled:
    3
  • Homes for the elderly:
    4
  • Hospitals:
    12
  • Hostels, orphanages and homes for boys and girls:
    76
  • Social Institutions:
    11
  • Youth centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Apostolic Union of Clergy:
    Director/chairman: Father Dasari Anthony Kiran, Phone: (91) 8645-242724
  • Commission for Bible and Catechetics:
    Director/chairman: Father Yeruva Bala (Sr), Phone: (91) 8642-278118
  • Commission for Charismatic Renewal:
    Director/chairman: Father N Alphonse Raju, Phone: (91) 8647-272214
  • Commission for Children:
    Director/chairman: Father Salika Thomas, Phone: (91) 8647-276530
  • Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue:
    Director/chairman: Father Putti Sunder Raju, Phone: (91) 863-2353945
  • Commission for Education:
    Director/ chairman: Father Pudota Innaiah (Jr.), Phone: (91) 8645-242724
  • Commission for Family:
    Director/chairman: Father Petla Mariadas, Phone: (91) 863-2350281
  • Commission for Health:
    Director/chairman: Sister Victoria, JMJ, Phone: (91) 863-2320429
  • Commission for Justice, peace and Development:
    Director/ chairman: Father Putti Sunder Raju, Phone: (91) 863-2353945
  • Commission for Jyothirmai:
    Director/chairman: Father M. Gnana Prakash, Phone: (91) 863-2293358
  • Commission for Laity:
    Director/chairman: Father M. Gnana Prakash, Phone: (91) 863-2293358
  • Commission for Liturgy and Music:
    Director/chairman: Father Pamisetti Thomas, Phone: (91) 863-2355127
  • Commission for Mahila Mandals:
    Director/chairman: Sar Marcella, CSSA
  • Commission for Media of Social Communications:
    Director/chairman: Father G Rayanna, Phone: (91) 863-2224218
  • Commission for Pious Associations:
    Spiritual Director: Father K Raja Mohan, Phone: (91) 863-2350720
  • Commission for Pontifical Mission Aid Societies:
    Director/chairman: Father Petla Mariadas, Phone: (91) 863-2350281
  • Commission for Proclamation:
    Director/chairman: Father Abraham Panampara, SDB, Phone: (91) 8643-242114
  • Commission for Project Selection Committee:
    Director: Father Malapati Fatima Marreddy, Phone: (91) 863-2350720
  • Commission for Public Relations:
    Director/chairman: Father B. Jaya Raju, Phone: (91) 8641-257228
  • Commission for SC/ST/BC:
    Director/chairman: Father Y. Showry Raju, Phone: (91) 863-2213579
  • Commission for Self-reliance:
    Director/chairman: Father Lingareddy Loudu, Phone: (91) 8642-258543
  • Commission for Sponsorship Programme:
    Director/chairman: Father Showry Raju, Phone: (91) 863-2213579
  • Commission for Street Children:
    Director/chairman: Sister Valsa, RGS
  • Commission for Vocation Training:
    Director/ chairman: Brother Antony Cruz, SHJ, Phone: (91) 863-2290374
  • Commission for Vocations:
    Director/chairman: Father Yeruva Lourdu Marredy (Jr), Phone: (91) 8641-257124
  • Commission for Youth:
    Director/ chairman: Father Raphael Reddy, Phone: (91) 863-2242133
  • CRI President: Sister Ignatius Mekala, CSSA,:
    Phone: (91) 863-2242956
  • Prison Ministry: Sister D Rose, CSSA

Social Communications

  • Commission for Media of Social Communications:
    Director: Father Govindu Rayanna
    Address: Parish priest, St Antony's Shrine, Nagrampalem, Guntur- 522 004. Phone: (91) 863-2224218
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