Dioceses of India
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Diocese of Kurnool

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Rite: Latin
Region : Andhra Pradesh
Patron: Our Lady of Lourdes
Founded: 12 June 1967
Province: Hyderabad
Status: Diocese
Total area: 43,000 Sq .km
Total Population : 74,52,986
Catholics Total: 86,897
Diocesan Priests: 70
Religious Priests: 71
Religious Sisters: 375
Minor Seminarians: 17
Major Seminarians: 17

Diocese of Kurnool at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 276Retreat Centres: 04
Major Seminaries : 01Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 09
Men Religious Houses: 02Women Religious Houses: 79

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 03Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 11
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 06
Schools for Physically Challenged: 02Homes for Physically Challenged : 02
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 48
Counselling Centres : 02De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 09HIV / AIDS Centre: 03

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 03Degree Colleges: 06
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 0
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 0High Schools : 52
Upper Primary Schools: 52Lower Primary Schools:16
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 0


The Indian history Christianity reveals that Rayalaseema is the cradle of Catholicism in Andrah Pradesh. The two districts of this region Anantapur and kurnool witness or gave birth to Catholicism in Krishnapuram and Onteddupalle, Polur and Cowlur  respectively. The Karnatic Jesuit missionaries sowed the seeds of Christianity in these villages from 1700. They also contributed  extensively to Telugu Christian literature. It is recorded that the 1st person accepted Christ in Andra Prades was Rangappa of Sale Caste. Later in 1718 Thumma Rayaappa Reddy was baptized by Fr. LeeGac. As the Holy relics of the Carnatic mission today, we have three tombs of Jesuit missionaries in Krshnapuram. as well as the tombs of three Jesuit missionaries are witnessese for the rise of Catholicism in Andra Pradesh. Because of the Marathas war and persecution and looting of Christians in these areas, the people have left to Guntur, Nalgonda, and to some parts of the Tamil nadu. The diocese is proud to be beginner for the origin of Catholicism in Andhra Pradesh.

After the withdrawal of the Jesuits in 1773, the Paris Foriegn Missionary Society took over the missionary task and kept alive the faith of the people. From 1875 onwards, the Mill Hill Fathers also labored in the Western parts of the diocese for some time. As a result of their hard work, kurnool was erected as Diocese in 1967. Most Rev. Joseph Rajappa, Most Rev. Matthew Cheriankunnel, Most Rev. S. A. Aruliah and Most Rev. G. Johannes initiated many developmental activities in the fields of evangelization, education, health and social development. Many religious congregations of men and women have taken up activities in these fields. Bishop Johannes gave a new impetus to the pastoral activities in the diocese. The new parishes of Premagiri, Kosigi, Raptadu, Kodumur Mission, Chapirevula and Bandi Atmakur were established. The Siani Retreat Center at Premagiri, and ST. John's Jubilee Memorial Hall at Pastoral Center are promising evangelization and religious education. St. John's Major Seminary at Dinnedevarapadu, Kurnool, run by the Heralds of the Good New Fathers is another land mark in the history of the Kurnool Diocese. The dreams of Bishop Johannes to have major seminary is now realized. Keeping in mind the call of the Holy Father for "Yesu Christu Jayanti 2000", the diocese of kurnool has launched a pastoral program for "Jubilee 2000" with a special committee named Yesu Christu Jayanti 2000". All priests, Religious, Catechists and the people at all levels and worked for the meaningful celebration "Yesu Christu Jayanti 2000"and its effective follow-up. In order to prepare the priests, religious and the laity, the Diocesan Senate conducted the Diocesan Synod. This will help the Church of Kurnool to plan out pastoral, spiritual and human developmental activities in the diocese. With the Eucharistic Congress, the Jubilee Celebration in the Diocese has been formally concluded.

Hats off to all those who worked marvelously and invincibly in the vineyard of Lord and hope that the forthcoming generations will live up to expectations and dreams of our predecessors.

After the sudden demise of Bishop Gorantla Johannes on 20th January, 2007 the Diocese of Kurnool has been waiting for the new Bishop. It was on 8th February, 2008 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rev. Msgr. Anthony Poola as the Bishop of Kurnool and on 19th April, 2008 he was consecrated as bishop of kurnool.

Good news to the poor” is the motto of Bishop Poola Anthony and he earnestly looks forward for the whole hearted cooperation and collaboration of all to realize his motto and to develop the dioese in all levels.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. A. Chowrappa Apostolic Administrator2007-2008
Most Rev. Gorantla JohannesBishop1994-2007
Most Rev. Gorantla Johannes 1994 - 2007Bishop1993-2007
Most Rev. S A AruliahApostolic Administrator1991-1993
Most Rev. Joseph RajappaBishop1967-1988