Diocese of Medak of the Church of South India
|Diocese of Medak|
Medak Cathedral ,Medak
|Ecclesiastical province||Church of South India|
|Bishop||Rt Rev Govada Dyvasirvadam (Moderator Commissary)|
|CSI Medak Diocese|
History of the Diocese
Sir Arthur Cotton, a Methodist Engineer by profession with the help of two Missionaries (Rev. E.E. Jenkins and Rev. George Fryar) travelled in Telangana and were responsible for starting missionary work in a village called Sironcha in 1863. In the year 1878, two Missionaries the Rev. Henry Little and Rev. William Burgess arrived at Secunderabad from Madras. The Indian colleague was Mr. Benjamin P. Wesley. The first Methodist Telugu Service was held in Boggulakunta, Ramkote, Hyderabad on 11 August 1879 at the house of one Telugu layman Mr. Joseph Cornelius. The Rev. Charles Walker Posnett arrived in Secunderabad in 1895 and first helped Trimullghery British soldiers. Unsatisfied with the army work, he wanted to launch forth into villages. In the year 1896, the Rev. Charles Walker Posnett visited a village called Medak and built a bungalow there by staying in dock bungalow.There were then hardly two hundred Christians in the whole of Medak area. The Diocese was inaugurated on 3 October 1947 and installed the first bishop, Frank Whittaker.
About the Diocese
Geographically Medak diocese is spread over five revenue districts of the Northern part of Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh state. Adilabad, Medak, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Hyderabad.The Medak diocese's office is situated in Secunderabad. The current bishop in charge (moderator commissary) is Bishop Govada Dyvasirvadam, who manages the administrative and spiritual affairs of the diocese.
The bishop's seat is in Medak Cathedral which is known in Asia for its notable architecture and prominent gothic structure. The stained glass work are masterpieces depecting the birth, crucifixion and ascension of Jesus Christ. The diocese is divided into three district church councils with the representation of ordained full-time clergy from all the pastorates(churches) and two elected delegates from each church forms the administrative council in which the various ministries responsibilities are entrusted through election for a period of one term i.e. two years.
Bishops of Medak Diocese
- Rt Revd Frank Whittaker (1947–1960)
- Rt Revd Eber Priestley (1961–1967)
- Rt Revd H. D. L. Abraham (1968–1975)
- Rt Revd B. G. Prasada Rao (1976–1981)
- Rt Revd Victor Premasagar (1982–1992)
- Rt Revd B. P. Sugandhar (1992-2008)
- Rt Revd P.Surya Prakash (2008-2009) (Moderator Commissary)
- Rt Revd Samuel Kanaka Prasad (2009-2012)
- Rt Revd Govada Dyvasirvadam (2012–present) (Moderator Commissary)
Notable Churches under the Diocese
- Medak Cathedral,Medak
Medak Cathedral at Medak in Andhra Pradesh, India, is the largest church in Andhra Pradesh and has been the cathedral church of the Diocese of Medak of the Church of South India since 1947.Originally built by British Wesleyan Methodists, it was consecrated on 25 December 1924.
- All Saint's Church, Trimulgherry
Built in 1860 exclusively for the British Army personnel and consecrated by Bishop Gill, the church has a long history. A typical Garrison Church, it was presided by Army Chaplains before the baton was passed on to the Church of South India in 1947 and the services now are in English and Tamil. It had won the INTACH’s heritage award in 2002.
- Garrison Wesley Church, Secundarabad
Rev. William Burgess arrived at secundarabad in 1878 from Madras set in motion the construction of what is widely believed to be the oldest church in Trimulgherry,which was completed in 1881. Initially,the Church was meant only for the English Army officers but post-Independence it was taken over by the Church of South India and was opened to public.
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