Diocese of Guntur

Bishop Chinnabathini

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Bishop Bhagyaiah Chinnabathini

Bishop's House, Chandramouli Nagar, Guntur-522007, A.P., India


Fax :2351.234


Pope Francis on June 25, 2016 appointed Father Bhagyaiah Chinnabathini as the new bishop of Guntur diocese.

A priest of Nalgonda diocese in the neighboring state of Telangana, he was born on Sept, 19, 1956, at Motakondur-Yadagirigutta Mandal.

He was ordinated priest May 3, 1983 after his philosophical and theological studies at St. John’s Regional Seminary in Hyderabad.

He has a Master’s degree in Literature from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and another Master’s in Education from Annamalai University, Chennai.

He served Nalgonda diocese and abroad in various capacities and later also served in Germany as chaplain at Herford (1994-1995).

Back in his diocese, he became director of the Kolping Centre and was in charge of the Diocesan Youth Centre. (1995-2002).

Subsequently he was appointed parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Kodad (2002-2003); assistant parish priest in a parish in England in (2003-2005); parish priest in a parish Germany (2006-2007); parish priest at St. Mary’s Church, Hannover, Germany (2007-2011).

Since 2011, Chinnabathini has been parish priest at the Infant Jesus Shrine di Miryalaguda, dioceses of Nalgonda.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Gali Bali (1984-2016)
  • Bishop Mariadas Kagithapu (1977-1983)
  • Bishop Bala Shawry (1974-1977)
  • Bishop Ignatius Mummadi (1943-1974)
  • Bishop Thomas Pothecamury (1940-1943)