Holy Family Church - Prathipadu


Name of the Church

Holy Family Church



Catholic Population





Kirlampudi, Divili, Veeravaram, Simhadripuram, Dondamuru, Velduruthy, Uttarakanchi, Chillongi, Dharmavaram, T Rayavaram, Ch. Eluru


Holy Family Church
Prathipadu - 533 432 East Godavari Dist.

Phone No.

08868 - 246548

Mass Timings


Brief History

It was in 1950 the sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy star ted a dispensary in a large house bought from the Zamindar of Kirlampudi. The sisters found it very difficult to run the dispensary fullfledgedly coming twice in a week from Annavaram, the recidence point for the sisters. In 1955 another house was built for the hospital in the 6 acres of the Zamindar’s property bought in 1952 from the Zamindar. Sisters moved to the next house in Prathipadu with an intention of serving the people through the hospital. A two roomed house , one for a doctor and another for the priest was built.

Sisters star ted a school at Prathipadu in 1954 land was bought for the mission in 1968. As long as Fr. Saldhana was incharge of Annavaram he was also the chaplain for the sisters at Prathipadu. But the villages was under Samalkot Parish. Prathipadu was made the mission Headquar ters of Samalkot in 1973. Presbytery and the church were built in 1971. Every year in the month of Febrauary the parish feast is celebrated at the shrine of Our Lady on the nearby hill. Sisters have a big hospital and leprosy centres. With a history of half a century the parish is working well in touching the hear ts of seekers of God in the nearby villages.

Institutions in the Parish

  1. R C M Aided Ele. School, Eluru
  2. St. Joseph’s Ele. School, Prathipadu
  3. St. Joseph’s Hospital
  4. St. Joseph’s Leprosorium
  5. St. Joseph’s AIDS Rehabilitation Centre
  6. St. Joseph’s Orphanage

Convents in the Parish

St. Joseph’s Convent

Priests who served in the Parish

  1. Rev. Fr. R Saldhana
  2. Rev. Fr. P Charles msfs
  3. Rev. Fr. George Nellikunnel msfs
  4. Rev. Fr. Thomas Manalil msfs
  5. Rev. Fr. George Manianghatt
  6. Rev. Fr. Chukka Marian
  7. Rev. Fr. P Sauriankuzhy msfs
  8. Rev. Fr. Reddy Joseph msfs as asst
  9. Rev. Fr. Abraham Thonakara as asst
  10. Rev. Fr. Luke Cheruvil
  11. Rev. Fr. Jose Paramattam as asst
  12. Rev. Fr. Mathew Naduvilekoot msfs
  13. Rev. Fr. Kurian Cheriankalayil msfs
  14. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kochuchira
  15. Rev. Fr. Amalraj sj as asst
  16. Rev. Fr. E R Lawrence as asst
  17. Rev. Fr. Biju TORas asst
  18. Rev. Fr. D V Prasad
  19. Rev. Fr. M Jesusdas as asst
  20. Rev. Fr. Y V. Ramesh Kumar
  21. Rev. Fr. Varghese K
  22. Rev. Fr. Zacharias Kochupura