History

Guanella Bhavan is a Guanellian minor seminary that was built in 2009 for the seminarians of Andhra Pradesh. It was being planned for from the time of the Guanellian presence in Andhra. In the beginning, from 2002 to 2007, students were recruited from Andhra and were given one year of initiation course at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Cuddalore. After the initiation course, they returned to Andhra and were asked to study in different schools and colleges of the Eluru Diocese.
In 2006, students were brought to the Parish at Vatluru and, from there, they went to the Colleges (De Paul College & Sir CRR College) for their academic studies. The Guanellian confreres then planned well and sought to buy land in order to build a seminary for the students of Andhra. Frs. Kuriakose and Kulandai made their proposal and Fr. Provincial and his council agreed to buy 3 acres of land in Koppaka, a substation of Vatluru Parish.
The foundation stone was laid by Fr. Luigi De Giambattista, Provincial Superior of the Divine Providence Province, on 1st of November 2008. The construction was completed and the seminary was inaugurated on 14th of November 2009. Most Rev. Mallavarapu Prakash, Bishop of the Diocese of Vijayawada, blessed the formation house and presided over the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Piero Lippoli, General Secretary of the Congregation, inaugurated the house named as “Guanella Bhavan”. Thus, the Guanellian formation of seminarians began in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

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