Diocese of Nandyal of the Church of South India
|Diocese of Nandyal|
|Ecclesiastical province||Church of South India|
|Cathedral||CSI Holy Cross Cathedral ,Nandyal|
History of the Diocese
The first missionaries who came to Nandyal were Arthur Inman, and Alfred Briton in the year 1881. These two missionaries were responsible to establish the SPG High School in 1884 and to build the Holy Cross Church in 1905 in Nandyal. These two missionaries who resided in Nandyal lived in tents and went about preaching the gospel in and around Nandyal in various villages and building churches. Their mode of travel in those days were bullock carts on most primitive roads or cart tracks. They learned the local language Telugu and traveled extensively beyond Nandyal to place like Kurnool, Giddalur, Kalasapad, Atmakur and Nandikotkur and planted Churches in the villages.
The Nandyal diocese was formed on 29 April 1963. This diocese was part of [Church of India, CIPBC Church of India, Pakistan, Burma & Ceylon] during the time of formation. Nandyal diocese joined Church of South India on 6 July 1975. The cathedral church of the diocese is CSI Holy Cross Cathedral in Nandyal.
Bishops of the Diocese
- Clement Venkataramiah (1963-1967)
- Ernest John (1967-1974)
- Pabbathi John (1977-1985)
- Ryder Devapriam (1985-1992)
- G. T. Abraham (1994-2005)
- Papathoti Lawrence (2006-2012)
- Pushpa Lalitha (2013-present).
Notable Churches under the Diocese
- Holy Cross Cathedral, Nandyal, built and dedicated on 8 February 1905 during British rule.
- C.S.I. Ascension Church, Nandyal Road, Kurnool
- All Saints Church under construction, Nandyal
Educational Institutions under the Diocese
- SPG High School, Nandyal
The School was established in the year 1882.
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- Rayalaseema Diocese
- Dornakal Diocese
- Church of South India
- 'History of Nandyal Diocese'
- [Constance M. Millington (1993): An Ecumenical Venture: The History of Nandyal Diocese in Andhra Pradesh, 1947-1990, 57. https://books.google.com/books/about/An_Ecumenical_Venture.html?id=ue_jAAAAMAAJ]
- "‘Eggoni Pushpa Lalitha becomes bishop of Nandyal in a first for a mainstream church in India '" (2013-09-28). The Hindu.