St. Francis De Sales Church - Chinna Waltair


Name of the Church

St. Francis De Sales Church


St. Francis De Sales

Catholic Population





Sagar Nagar (a Quasi Parish)


St. Francis De Sales Church Chinna Waltair - 500 017. Visakhapatnam.

Phone No.

0891 - 2701560

Mass Timings


Brief History

Chinna Waltair parish was erected in 1983. Although the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales were in Visakha from 1846 it was only in 1980 in the Diocese a parish was dedicated to St. Francis de Sales.

As early as 1850 Mgr. Neyret bought a small site of 1045 sq.ft. at Chinna Waltair and a small chapel was built for the Tamil Catholics residing there. It was regularly visited by priests from the For t where the Bishop’s House was situated. It was used as a place of worship till 1939. By the time the number of the catholics went down at Chinna Waltair and the St. Anthony’s Church was built and used as a Parish Church; so the church at Chinna Waltair was rented out to the Municipality for running a school.

In 1960 the Salesianum came into existence at Chinna Waltair and the catholics of the locality began to attend the religious services there. Stella Maris the Provincial House was also established in the same locality in 1966 where also catholics used to attend the Mass.

In 1980 the Diocese got back the rented church, demolished it, and a new church was built in the place of the old one. The new parish is entrusted to the missionaries of St. Francis De Sales.

Institutions in the Parish

  1. Stella Maris (MSFS Provincial House)
  2. Salesianum (MSFS Novitiate)
  3. Arunodaya (St. Ann’s Provincialate)
  4. St. Ann’s Formation House, Law Son’s Bay Colony
  5. St. Ann’s Novitiate, Law Son’s Bay colony
  6. Anne Jyothi Study Centre
  7. Kotak Salesian School

Convents in the Parish

Sisters of Charity of St. Anne Convent

Priests who served in the Parish

  1. Rev. Fr. Anselm Ray msfs
  2. Rev. Fr. J S Gontier msfs
  3. Rev. Fr. A Menthon msfs
  4. Rev. Fr. G Nellikunnel msfs
  5. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Puthuthundy msfs
  6. Rev. Fr. Jacob Puthupallil msfs
  7. Rev. Fr. Devasia Kuzhupil msfs
  8. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kallacheery msfs
  9. Rev. Fr. P Sauriankuzhuphy msfs
  10. Rev. Fr. James Nedungatt msfs
  11. Rev. Fr. Jose Mullanmadakal msfs
  12. Rev. Fr. Thomas Vazhayil msfs
  13. Rev. Fr. Zachrias Mannukuzhupil msfs
  14. Rev. Fr. Mathew Kudakacherry msfs
  15. Rev. Fr. George Kottam msfs
  16. Rev. Fr. M Joji msfs
  17. Rev. Fr. M. Mathew msfs