Marampudi Joji

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His Excellency
Marampudi Joji
Archbishop of Hyderabad
Church Christian
See Roman Catholic Church
In office 30 April 2000 – 27 August 2010
Predecessor S. Arulappa
Successor Thumma Bala
Ordination 14 December 1971
Consecration 30 April 2000
Personal details
Born (1942-10-07)7 October 1942
Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh
Died 27 August 2010(2010-08-27) (aged 67)
Bishop's House, Hyderabad
Previous post Bishop of Vijayawada

Marampudi Joji (7 October 1942 – 27 August 2010) was the third Archbishop of Hyderabad.[1][2] He was born in Bhimavaram and died at the Bishop's House, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.[3] Latin, Telugu, and English were the languages known to the Archbishop.

Early years & education[edit]

Joji was educated at the Lutheran Boarding School near Samalkot which is managed by the Priests of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC).

Ordination & Pastorship[edit]

Joji was ordained as a priest on 14 December 1971[4] in the diocese of Vijayawada.[5] Joji was privileged to have received Blessed Mother Teresa when she went to Vijayawada to initiate the work of the Missionaries of Charity.[6]


Diocese of Khammam[edit]

On 21 December 1991, he was appointed as the Bishop of Khammam and consecrated on 19 March 1992.[5] He served until 8 November 1996 when he was transferred to the Diocese of Vijayawada.

Diocese of Vijayawada[edit]

Bishop Joji became the Bishop of Vijayawada on 8 November 1996. However, he took charge of the diocese only on 19 January 1997.[5]

Archbishop of Hyderabad[edit]

On 29 January 2000, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad. He was installed by Archbishop Giorgio Zur in the presence of his predecessor Archbishop S. Arulappa and of Bishop Joseph S. Thumma on 30 April 2000.[4]

Joji inaugurated the Hyderabad session of the scholarly Church History Association of India incorporating Church Historians of the Pentecostal, Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic traditions.

Archbishop Joji was known for his able administration. He seemed to have headed the Diocese of Vijayawada's Social Service Society before being elevated to the Bishopric of Khammam.

The Archbishop has principally consecrated three Bishop's of Andhra Pradesh:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ecumenical news international, 31 May 2000
  2. ^ Malcolm, Theresa, National Catholic Reporter, 7 April 2000.
  3. ^ Bishop M Joji passes away
  4. ^ a b Catholic Hierarchy, Archbishop Joji
  5. ^ a b c Archdiocese of Hyderabad, Ecclesiastical Units 2008, Archbishop's House, 9-1-17/1, Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad 500 003, Andhra Pradesh, India, pp. 40-41
  6. ^ Photo study from Rev. Dr. P. Dass Babu's Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, National Christian Writers Forum, Hyderabad, 2003. Dass Babu is a Telugu Pundit and an accomplished Writer / Theologian who earned a Bachelor of Divinity (B. D.) degree from the Bishop's College, Kolkata as well as a Master's degree in communication from a Japanese University.
  7. ^ Catholic Hierarchy, Bishop Anthony.
  8. ^ Catholic Hierarchy, Bishop Prasad
  9. ^ Catholic Hierarchy, Bishop Prakasam
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Samineni Arulappa
Archbishop of Hyderabad
29 January 2000 – 27 August 2010
Succeeded by
Thumma Bala
Preceded by
Joseph S. Thumma
Bishop of Vijayawada
Succeeded by
Prakash Mallavarapu
Preceded by
Joseph Rajappa
Bishop of Khammam
Succeeded by
Paul Maipan