Sacred Heart of Jesus Church - Solidierpet

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Name of the Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Patron

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Population

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Catechists

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Sub-stations

Ross Hill

Address

Sacred Heart Church
Solidierpet - 530 001, Visakhapatnam.

Phone No.

0891 - 2564502

Mass Timings

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Brief History

The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales reached Visakhapatnam on 19th February 1846. They took their residence in the For t area where St. Aloysius School is at present. When the missionaries built their first residence at For they used the ground floor as a chapel and dedicated it to the Sacred Hear t of Jesus in 1872.

This was the first Sacred Hear t Church at Visakhapatnam which was used by the priests residing at For t and by the bishops whose residence also was at For t in the beginning. The local catholics, the army personnel and the boarders of St. Aloysius School attended Mass in this Chapel untill in 1932 the present Sacred Heart Church was built. As the old church building was declared unsafe and small, Bishop Rossillon decided to build a separate bigger church for the English speaking people of the locality. The land where the present sacred Heart Church stands was bought in 1930. Mr. Perey Barbosa a local catholic engineer prepared the plan of the Churches under the direction of Fr. Degenev who became the first parish priest of the new church. The construction was completed in 1932. The presbytery was bought separately. The expenses for the chuirch construction and the cost of the presbytery were met by one Miss Agnes D’Rozario, another devout Catholic and former Inspectress of Schools. When Bishop Rossillon brought an 80 Kg Church Bell from Europe, he named the bell “Agnes” to remember the generous donor of the church and presbytery. The cost of these was Rs. 51,000/- at that time. The church and the bell were blessed on 20th Nov. 1932. The golden jubilee of this event was celebrated in 1982 when Fr. Sebastian Plackithottil was the Parish Priest.

Institutions in the Parish

  1. St. Aloysius Eng. Medium School
  2. St. Aloysius non-formal I T I
  3. St. Aloysius Boarding
  4. St. Aloysius Hostel for school boys
  5. Fort Catholic Girls High School
  6. Ross Hill Shrine
  7. Ross Hill Dyanasharam

Convents in the Parish

  1. St. Joseph’s Fort Convent
  2. Brigidtine Convent

Priests who served in the Parish

  1. Rev. Fr. Degeneve msfs
  2. Rev. Fr. Elie Meynet msfs
  3. Rev. Fr. A Barril msfs
  4. Rev. Fr. K E Zacharias msfs
  5. Rev. Fr. P Iramana msfs
  6. Rev. Fr. S Plackthottil msfs
  7. Rev. Fr. Phythyan msfs
  8. Rev. Fr. M Mariadas
  9. Rev. Fr. Paul Kunnumpuram msfs
  10. Rev. Fr. Kurian Parecattil msfs
  11. Rev. Fr. George Kottam msfs
  12. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kallacheril msfs
  13. Rev. Fr. Jose Chirayath msfs
  14. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kuttiany msfs
  15. Rev. Fr. James Nedungatt msfs
  16. Rev. Fr. Ignatius Puthur msfs
  17. Rev. Fr. Alxander Kottam msfs
  18. Rev. Fr. Thomas Pullat