Diocese of Rayalaseema of the Church of South India

Rayalaseema Diocese is a diocese of Church of South India in Andhra Pradesh state of India.The diocese one among the 22 dioceses of Church of South India.

Diocese of Rayalaseema
Bishopric
Location
CountryIndia
TerritoryCivil districts of Chittoor, Anantapur, Kurnool, and Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh
ResidenceKadapa
Deaneries24
Subdivisions78
HeadquartersKadapa
Statistics
Churches78
Information
DenominationChurch of South India (A Uniting church comprising Wesleyan Methodist, Congregational, Calvinist and Anglican missionary societies – SPG, WMMS, LMS, Basel Mission, CMS, and the Church of England)
Established15 July 1950
DissolvedCuddapah Diocese and Anantapur-Kurnool Diocese
CathedralKadapa didn't has a Cathedral(Its CSI Central Church,Kadapa).
LanguageTelugu
CalendarGregorian
Leadership
Parent churchChurch of South India Trust Association
PatriarchMost.Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, CSI
(Moderator)
The Right ReverendPeyyala Issac Vara Prasad, CSI
Bishops emeritusB. D. Prasada Rao
Website
http://csirayalaseemadiocese.com/

HistoryEdit

Rayalaseema diocese was carved on 15 July 1950 out of then Cuddapah Diocese and Anantapur-Kurnool Diocese of the Church of South India.[1]

Bishops of the DioceseEdit

*Anantapur-Kurnool Diocese

From[A] Until[B] Incumbent Notes (earned theological credentials)
15.9.1947 March 1950 Bunyan Joseph

*Cuddapah Diocese

From[A] Until[B] Incumbent Notes (earned theological credentials)
27.9.1947 14.7.1950 H. Sumitra B.D. (Serampore)

*Rayalaseema Diocese (Integration of Anantapur-Kurnool Diocese and Cuddapah Diocese)

From[A] Until[B] Incumbent Notes (earned theological credentials)
15.7.1950 1963 H. Sumitra B.D. (Serampore)
1963 1976 See vacant (overseen by the Church of South India Synod)
1976 1996 L. V. Azariah B.D. (Serampore), Th. M. (WTS)
1996 2004 C. B. M. Frederick B.D. (Serampore)
2004 2006 See vacant (overseen by the Church of South India Synod:)
2006 2012 K. B. Yesu Vara Prasad B.D. (Serampore)
2012 2013 See vacant (overseen by the Church of South India Synod:)
2013 2019 B. D. Prasada Rao B.D. (Serampore), M.Th. (Serampore)
2021 present P. Issac Vara Prasad B. Th. (Serampore)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ S. J. Sampath Kumar, Genesis growth and activities of Rayalaseema diocese of church of south India a historico social study, Sri Krishna Deva Raya University, Anantapur, 2002.[1]

Further readingEdit

  • S. J. Sampath Kumar (2002). "Genesis growth and activities of Rayalaseema diocese of church of south India a historico social study". hdl:10603/62670. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • K. M. George (1999). Church of South India: Life in Union, 1947-1997. ISBN 8172145128. OCLC 1039224320.
  • Constance M. Millington (1996). Led by the Spirit: a biography of Bishop Arthur Michael Hollis, onetime Anglican Bishop of Madras, and later first moderator of the C.S.I. ISBN 81-7086-189-6.
  • Constance M. Millington (1993). An Ecumenical Venture: The History of Nandyal Diocese in Andhra Pradesh, 1947-1990. ISBN 81-7086-153-5.
  • Rajaiah David Paul (1972). "Ecumenism in action: a historical survey of the Church of South India". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Rajaiah David Paul (1958). "The First Decade: An Account of the Church of South India". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)