Albert Conrad De Vito

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Albert Conrad De Vito
De Vito Corrado
Bishop of Lucknow
In office
12 December 1946 – 16 November 1970
Preceded by new creation
Succeeded by Cecil DeSa
Personal details
Born 21/03/1904
Died 16/11/1970
Resting place St. Joseph's Cathedral, Lucknow
Religion Catholic

Albert Conrad De Vito, O.F.M. Cap., an Italian Capuchin, was a prominent Roman Catholic (Latin Rite) clergyman in India who was installed as the first Bishop of Lucknow in December 1946.


He was born in Provvidenti in 1904 to Raffaele and Maria Felice Cinelli.[1]

In Lucknow[edit]

On 20 January 1942, he was appointed the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church of Lucknow. He was appointed first Bishop of the new Diocese of Lucknow on 12 December 1946. he was consecrated on 16 February 1947, the governor of U.P., Sir Francis Wylie extended full support and also attended the consecration and played an important role in the festivities that followed. He remained Bishop of Lucknow until 16 November 1970.[2][3]

Social service[edit]

In early 1950, Bishop Conrad expressed deep concern for primary education. He founded Anand Bhawan School and Institute of the Maids of the Poor in Barabanki city.[4] He also founded following:[1]

  • 4 orphanages
  • 38 schools of every kind
  • 3 hospitals
  • a university
  • about 20 clinics
  • gave go-ahead for the construction of the St. Joseph's Cathedral, Lucknow

When he came back to Bologna he founded the Casa della formazione for young people who didn’t have a stable future. Many Indian Schools are established in his name as "Bishop Conrad School". One of this school is in Bareilly as well.


He died in 1970 in Bologna. Seven years after his death, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, requested and obtained permission for his remains to be laid to rest in the Cathedral of St. Joseph at Lucknow which he himself had promoted.[1]


He wrote the following books:[5]


  1. ^ a b c "DE VITO CORRADO: Man of God and business, but only for helping his neighbours!". Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ D'Souza, Daniel Anthony (1996). Implanting of the Capuchin Order in North India, 1965-1980: Agra, Lucknow, Ranchi Mission (Capuchin-north-east Mission). Holy Family Friary. p. 96. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "History of St. Francis' College, Lucknow". Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Catholic Church Bishops' Conference of India (2005). The Catholic Directory of India. St. Paul Publications. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  5. ^ Books by Albert Conrad De Vito @ Google Books