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Kurnool Diocese News News »Velugodu Matha Feast at Velugodu Parish     »Diploma in Communication&Journalism Course conducted in Kurnool Diocese by Amruthavani Communication Center     »The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel : Anantapur     »Young girls were sensitized on HIV/AIDS at Maria Nilayam Social Service Centre at Velugode:     »Blessing and Inauguration of the Jeevanalayam at Tadiptri (A Home for the destitute)     »Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Patroness of the Diocese of Kurnool     »Inauguration and blessing of the New School building at Chippagiri     »St. Anthony of Padua's Darshan Decennial Celebrations at Joharapuram     »Priestly Ordinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Kurnool     »Blessing and inauguration of St. Anthony’s English Medium School, Adoni     »Chaitanya Grihini Centre Celebrates the Feast of St. Ann     »Co-cathedral Church celebrated Annual Feast of its Patroness St. Theresa of Avila     »Bishop Johannes & Diocesan Degree Scholarships Programme     »Viswasa Vikasa Sadassu at Nandyal Parish:     »Medical and Health Awareness Camps     »Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Church at P. Yaleru Parish     »Bringing ‘0’ HIV infection among the adolescents and youth through awareness and counseling:     »Viswasa vikasa vedukalu at Gadivemula Parish     »CBCI Condemns the attack on the Church on Taherpur, West Bengal     »Blessing and Inauguration of St.Joseph’s English Medium School at K. Nagalapuram     »Annual Feast of Mount Carmel Matha Church     »BCC prayer (Seven Steps of Prayer) at Marlamadiki Village:     »Seminar on the challenges of the consecrated Life: Introspection:     »Feast of St. Pius X an Auxiliary Patron of our Diocese:     »Bishop Johannes and Diocesan Degree Scholarships:     »Our St Mary’s Junior College Stands First:     »Blessing and Inauguration of Don Egidio Hall at Gadivemula Parish:     »Blessing and Inauguration of Vailankannimatha Church at Ernapadu, Bandiatmakuru Parish     »Annual Retreat for Pastoral Clergy at St. Ann’s Generalate, Tarnaka, Hyderabad:     »WORKSHOP ON CHILD RIGHTS MONITORING AND REVIEW     »Closing of Rosary Month at Lourdes Cathedral, Kurnool-2     »SJRS Student Is Softball Champion     »BCC Awareness Programme and Viswasa Vikasa Sadassulu at Thudicherla village:     »PURE WATER IS THE BASE FOR GOOD HEALTH     »Kurnool Diocese Educational Wing gave scholarships to Intermediate and Degree students of Various Parishes     »All Souls Day: at Catholic Cemetery, Budhawara Pete, Kurnool-1     »Blessing and Inauguration of Infant Jesus Convent At Maddikera     »Perpetual commitment of sisters of DSS Vimala Provincial House     »Convention at Sinai Divine Retreat Center Premagiri     »Distribution of cycles to School going Teenage girls at Virupapuram in Kurnool Diocese in Andhra Pradesh By Bishop Poola Anthony     »Annual Feast of Yatrikula Matha, KDSSS Premises, Kurnool     »A day of Prayer and Christmas vedukalu at kosigi parish     »Opening ceremony of the Jubilee year: opening the door of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral     »St. Joseph’s School Annual Day Celebrations, Mandagiri, Adoni:     »St Mary’s Tops All Other Colleges in Kurnool District     »Centenary Jubilee Celebrations of Pedda Kottala Parish     »Blessing and Inauguration of St. Sebastian Church at Kambadahal     »Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Convent and School at Chagalamarry:     »Bishop Poola Anthony gives Bishop Rajappa scholarships to Students     »NATIONAL VOTERS’ DAY REMINDS “RIGHT TO VOTE”: 25-01-2015     »Blessing of the Stations of the Cross at Poluru     »Commencement of Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee Year of our Bishop Anthony Poola and Blessing the Corner stone for the Gate of Year of Mercy at Cathedral, Kurnool 2     »Tenth Class Girl Gets Job for Rs.12000 Per Month after Desk had Trained them     »ABHAYAGIRI- HOME AWAY FROM HOME:     »Faith Formation programme at Chukkalur, Tadipatri Parish     »Clergy Recollection at Premagiri & Chrism Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Knl-2:     »Maundy Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Kurnool-2:     »Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy at Maria Dan, Kurnool     »LAUNCHING OF PRERANA – FARMERS PROGRAM AT ADONI 11-3-2016     »Good Friday Ceremonies: (Siluva Aaradhana) at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Kurnool-2:     »Annual Feast of Srisaila Matha, Sunnipenta, Srisailam     »Annual Feast of ‘Vailankannimatha Shrine at Nandikotkur     »Blessing and Inauguration of Divya Karuyna Matha Mandapam at Venkatapuram, Banaganapalle Parish:     »Annual Feast of “Nithya Sahaya Matha at Sirvel:     »FARMERS’ JOINT LIABILITY GROUPS TRAINING: 13TH MAY 2016 AT JALAKANUR VILLAGE MIDTHUR MANDAL :     »Marriage preparatory Course at Adoni Deanery:     »Annual Feast of St. Anthony at Adoni     »Annual Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Chapirevula parish     »Pastoral Visit to Gajjehalli, Adoni Parish:     »WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 31st May 2016     »SOLAR LIGHT FOR POOR STUDENTS     »Blessing and Inauguration of Assisi Bhavan Convent and Renovation of St. Joseph’s Convent at Pedda Kottala     »CARING FOR EARTH – OUR COMMON HOME     »Faith Formation programme at Bethemcherla Parish     »Blessing & Inauguration of Divyavani TV Zonal Centre Studio (Rayalseema Zone) at Kurnool     »Celebrations of the Eighteenth Anniversary of Mother Mary’s Apparition - Guntakal     »GIRL CHILDHOOD DAY     »HOLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMME AT OWK PARISH     »SJRS Animates Its Staff     »Annual Feast of Arogyamatha at Guntakal (8th September 2016)     »Blessing and Inauguration of St. Mary’s Church & Presbytery at Rayadurgam     »First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Aluru Parish     »Blessing and Inauguration of Velangani Matha Shrine at Atmakur Mandal, P. Yaleru Parish     »Conclusion of “Our Lady of Rosary Devotion” & Thanksgiving Mass of St. Teresa of Calcutta at our Lady of Lourdes’s Cathedral, Kurnool     »Shanthinikethan Celebrates International AIDS Day     »Annual Feast of “Yatrikula Matha” at KDSSS     »Recollection and Christmas Get-together for the Pastoral Clergy and the Catechists:     »First Holy Communion & Confirmations at Chagalamarry Parish:     »Annual Feast of Infant Jesus at Maddikera:     »Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Rev. Fr. K. Anthony Raj     »St. John’s Residential School Alumni Meet 18th Jan 2017     »REV. FR. CORNU MEP’S SAD DEMISE     »HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW APOSTOLIC NUNCIO     »Annual Parish Feast at Yemmiganur Parish     »Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral:     »Blessing of the Renovated Jeevasudha Pastoral Centre     »Partnering in the healing ministry of the Church: “I was sick and you took care of me” (Mt:25:36)     »United Christian Prayer for India     »Desk welcomes our children to our boarding homes     »“BE BOLD FOR CHANGE” - A CALL TO EVERYONE – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8th March 2017 :     »Holy Childhood Programme in the Kurnool Diocese     »Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on 1st March , 2017     »FARMERS TRAINED ON ORGANIC FARMING AND DISTRIBUTION OF DRUM TO PREPARE ORGANIC MANURE AND PEST CONTROL LIQUIDS     »Easter Holy Massh and youth meetinh at Mandlem Village Jupadubangla Parish     »Priestly Ordination of Dn. S. Prakash, Dn. D. Tharun Kumar, Dn. S. Prakasham at St. Theresa of Avila Co- Cathedral, Knl- 01     »Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral:     »Bishop’s Pastoral Visit to Adoni Deanery     »LANDLESS WIDOW FARMERS SUPPORTED FOR INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES FOR LIVELIHOOD     »Faith Formation Programme and Children Camp at Gadivemula Parish     »Blessing and inauguration of Church of St. Joseph the Worker at Grandivemula, Gadivemula Parish     »Final Profession and First Profession of CTC Sisters at Venkayapalle     »St. Mary’s Junior College reduces financial tensions!     »Now is the time for Bishop Rajappa Scholarships     »Seed Support for Kitchen Garden and Awareness Training to the Farmers of Adoni Mandal on 8-8-2017     »“BLACK DAY” Observation at Jalakanur – Solidarity with Dalit Christian:     »Faith Formation Programme at Krishnapuram Parish     »Blessing and Inauguration of Our Lady of Good Health Church, Nandyal     »CRI Get together at KDSSS, Kurnool     »Death Anniversary of Rev. Fr. Louis Rego at Maddikera Parish     »Students enjoy the BJS and DDS Faith Formation Programs     »AWARENESS PROGRAMME FOR BEEDI ROLLING COOLIE WORKERS:     »Viswasa Vikasa Sadassulu at Srisailam Parish     »Youth Festival at Infant Jesus Church, Mandigeri, Adoni. (02-10-2017)     »Yathrikula Matha Feast     »Recollection and Christmas Get- together for the Pastoral Clergy and Catechist:     »OBSERVATION OF WORLD AIDS DAY-RALLY:     »SEMI CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WITH ABHAYAGIRI CHILDREN     »Christmas Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes’s Cathedral, Kurnool     »Blessing and Inauguration of St. Anthony’s Church, Tangutur     »Annual Feast of Infant Jesus at Maddikera Parish     »Bishop Rajappa Scholarship Program     »SAFE DRINKING WATER THROUGH THE BOREWELLS PROGRAMME:     »Viswasa Vikasa sadassu at Msaseedpuram Parish:     »Blessing and Inauguration of Amalodbhavi Matha Presbyter at Jupadubanglow:     »Blessing and Inauguration of Infant Jesus Church and Our Lady of Fathima Presbytery at Manchalakatta:     »PRERANA PROGRAM: FIELD EVALUATION AT NETTEKAL     »Faith Fornation Camp Viswasa vikasa sadassulu at Grandivemula Village     »KOLPING INDIA SELF HELP GROUPS IN MASIDUPURAM ON 7- 2-2018     »KOLPING INDIA SELF HELP GROUPS IN GUNDAMPADU ON 4-2-2018     »Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes’s Cathedral, Kurnool-2:     »Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes’s Cathedral:     »Past Pupil Gathering at Chaithanya Gruhini Center, Pasupula:     »Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Yerraguntla Parish:     »Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Pushpa Nivas Convent, Yerraguntla     »Blessing and Inauguration of Nirmal Hrudaya Bhavan at Guntakal:     »Blessing of the Holy Rosary Stations at Polur     »Golden Jubilee concludes with thanksgiving for ten years of Episcopate     »DISTRIBUTION OF WOOLEN BLANKETS     »Directors meeting and official launching of Kolping project in the four new Dioceses     »KOLPING INDIA MEETING AT VISAKHAPATNAM ON 24TH AND 25th OF APRIL     »Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Rev. Sr. Kola Theresa JMJ at Premagiri     »Priestly Ordination of Dn. P. Paul Prabhu O. Carm at Kosigi     »Blessing and Inauguration of Carmel Matha Church at Maseedpuram     »Priestly Ordination of Dn. P. Rajesh Reddy SVD at P. Yaleru:     »Annual Feast of ‘Vailankanni Matha Shrine’ at Nandikotkur     »Blessing and Inauguration of Sacred Heart Church at Cowlur     »Annual Feast of Nithya Sahaya Matha at Sirvel     »Blessing and Inauguration of Carmel Matha Church at Gumparmandinne     »Annual Parish Feast of St. Anthony of Padua Shrine at Chapirevula     »Support for the bright future of the children     »Feast of St. Peter and Paul at Dhone Parish     »Viswasavikasa Sadassulu at Palem village:     »Youth Programme at Premagiri    


History is record of past events. It is always good to know the history of our past events which will help us to trace and to know the great works, sufferings, hard labours of beginners and drive out the inspiration to repeat the same thing in the present. Because history is always a repeatable possibility. Hence it is good to know our origin, birth, development of the diocese of kurnool up to now. The Diocese of Kurnool comprises the two civil districts of Kurnool and Anantapur. On June 12th, 1967, with the appointment of Bishop Joseph Rajappa, the first bishop of Kurnool, these two districts were separated from the Diocese of Nellore and formed into the diocese of Kurnool. The diocese is historical in its essence because it has the credit of giving birth to the church of Christ in Andra Pradesh and also the first priest from the diocese parish Onteddupalle, Rev. Fr.John Emmanuel Balandhar, who was ordained in the year 1871.
Historical Background of the Diocese

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.





‘Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever’. (Ps.107:1)


Diocese of Kurnool opens her grateful heart in thanks giving before almighty God for 10 years of Episcopate of Bishop Most Rev. Poola Anthony in the Diocese of Kurnool.  This Anniversary provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon our lives and God’s many blessings.


Upon reflecting upon all that the Lord has done for us, we are so thankful to God for He has sustained our bishop with His grace, especially when he was overwhelmed, when he wanted to accomplish certain important works with some challenges. God provided the strength and the help he needed.


April 19th 2018 mark the 10th anniversary of Bishop’s consecration to the episcopate. At this juncture we thank God Almighty for all the wonderful Episcopal Ministry that we had in the diocese through the person of Bishop Poola Anthony. It is also our great joy to congratulate our Bishop on the occasion of his 10th anniversary of his episcopate. From the first day of his consecration as a bishop he toiled hard for the tangible and spectacular developments in the diocese in all the spheres like spiritual, social, medical. We rejoice with great appreciation and admiration for his wonderful commitment.


As he is a man of the soil we still more raise our hearts in thanks giving for his wonderful parents Chinna Anthony who was a catechist and his mother Arogyamma a strong believer of Christian faith. The strong Christian faith that he imbibed from his parents especially from his father make bishop Poola a different bishop with his missionary zeal, pastoral care, fatherly dealing with the priests,  etc.



When we take a glance at the diocese today we can see the concrete development throughout the diocese. Numerous institutions, mission centers, schools, churches, presbyteries, Perpetual adoration chapels, community halls, convents, chapels, grottos, social medical centers, women emperpowerment centers, home for the aged, boarding homes, social media centers, overhead tanks, mineral water plants speaks volumes of his love for the diocese and his work.


Among his works the well equipped Retired home for the priests is a symbol of his love towards his elderly priests, missionary priests who ministered in the diocese from other states and from within.


I am delighted to give some of the milestones that he has achieved in the diocese and for the diocese during his 10 years of tenure.


Ordinations to Priesthood for the diocese :          ……  38

New Churches: ………………………………..    13

New Convents : ……..……..……..……..……..   9

New Mission Centers and Parishes: ………….    11

New Presbyteries: ..……..……..……..………..   13

Newly built Chapels: …………………………..   24

New School Buildings: ……………………….     20

HIV AIDs Homes : ………………………….       3

B Ed and D Ed Colleges : ……………………     3

Boarding Homes for the children : ……………   4

Church Renovated: ……………………………    7

College Hostel Dining hall and Kitchen: ………. 1

Community Halls: ……………………………..   3

DESK and Youth Office: ………………………. 1

Grottos and Shrines : ………………………..      27

Home for the Aged & Destitute Homes : ……… 4

Houses for the Religious Fathers; ……………… 3

Mineral water plants: ………………………….   2

Over head Tanks: ……………………………..    5

Convents Renovated: ………………………….   5

Presbyteries Renovated: ………………………    3


School buildings Extensions: ………………….   3

Social, Medical and Vocational Centers: ………. 6

Stations of the Cross:  ………………………..    4

Teachers’ quarters: ……………………………    1

Women Empowerment center: ………………… 1

He also held different offices in CCBI, APBC, and TCBC for the service of the regional and national level church.


“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” ( Colossins 3: 17). During his 10 years of episcopate we have a found our bishop a good preacher and a good singer. He is a musician, composes beautiful meaningful songs which is used for the Eucharistic liturgy and other times prayers and adoration in all over the region and in national level. His reflective prayerful meditation urges him to composes these devotional songs.


He draws his power to smile, care, love, understands, calmness in disturbances, and physical health from the daily Eucharistic adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.


He sits with the different commissions like pastoral, social, educational, and medical, youth to make yearly plan for the diocese and closely watches the execution of these plans.  


We all know that a Bp is called to live out his vocation to holiness in a context he is placed with and oversees the diocese by the ministry of proclaiming the word, pasturing the souls with the help of his priests in the diocese. He never compromises with the pastoral, catechetical, spiritual, and pasturing of the souls. Our Bishop makes regular pastoral visits to the parishes and encourages the priests in their difficulties and times of trouble.



He is a friend of Religious in the diocese. They work in collaboration, hand in hand in with the diocese in Educational, Medical, Social and Pastoral ministries. He attends regularly the CRI meetings and other conferences and admonishes them like a father.


He has established a separate office for the protection of diocesan lands and properties in the diocese, which shows his responsibility towards protecting and safe guarding the properties of the church as a faithful custodian of church propeties.


A bishop is never alone, because he has a vocation to be a servant of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the hope of the world. His success lies in the trust that he placed in his own priests, the freedom with responsibility that is given to the priests makes him friendly with every priest. He is an approachable bishop, anybody could go to him anytime with his difficulties and he is there like a loving father to hold him tight and murmour in his ears that ‘I am with you; go ahead’.


As we appreciate our Bishop on his successful completion of his Ten years of his Episcopate we also recommend him to God for His continuous protection with good health of mind and body, so that he may serve the diocese for many more years to come in his home land with his own people.  This milestone also reminds us which Pope Benedict wrote in Deus Caritas Est#35  “In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord.  It is God who governs the world, not we.  We offer him our service only to the extent that we can, and for as long as he grants us the strength.  To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work.