Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Vijayawada

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Rite: Latin
Region : Andhra Pradesh
Patron: Ss. Peter & Paul
Founded: 10 January 1933
Province: Vishakapatnam
Status: Diocese
Total area: 08,374 Sq. km
Total Population : 5,019,336
Catholics Total: 02,51,806
Diocesan Priests: 158
Religious Priests: 90
Religious Sisters: 756
Minor Seminarians: 13
Major Seminarians: 49

Diocese of Vijayawada at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 958Retreat Centres: 03
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 41Women Religious Houses: 108

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 22Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 15
Orphanages : 115Homes for Aged & Destitute : 10
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 09
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 05
Counselling Centres : 02De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 02

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 03
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 20
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 11High Schools : 58
Upper Primary Schools: 07Lower Primary Schools:173
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :73Presses & Media Centres : 0


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.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Marampudi JojiBishop1996-2000
Most Rev. Joseph S. ThummaBishop1971-1996
Most Rev. Ambrose De Battista, P.I.M.EBishop1951-1971
Most Rev. Domenico Grassi, P.I.M.E. Bishop1933-1951