Shabad Parish Ministry

Archdiocese of Hyderabad
catholic church of missionaries of st francis de sales at ibrahimpatnam, vijayawada


The vision of the center is to create ideal catholic communities which live the Gospel values, communities that are culturally socially, economically and spiritually liberated, Communities that are built on love and brother hood.


To realize the vision the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and strive to begin each new day with the aim to establish and to witness in the life and apostolate the values of the kingdom of God even to the extent of becoming all things to all.

A Short Brief About Shabad Parish Ministry

Shabad was made a parish in 1989 and was entrusted to the M.S.F.S. Catholic Community of Migrant Reddy families were living in Shabad Mariapuram for the past forty years. This is the first catholic community of Shabad mission. Rev. Fr. Greenway when he was the parish priest of Umminthal had already made contacts with people of S.C. communities at Arokiapuraam (which was called Shabad Harijanwada then) and Keshagudem. Fr. Mathew gave baptisms at Arokiapuram in 1990. Later a good number of people in groups were baptized in 1997 and 2000 at Arokiapuram.

After long and patient work in Keshagudem (Kesavagudem) a good number of people were baptized in 2003. In the main centre we have no catholic families. So we celebrate Mass in the sister’s Convent on all week days. On Sundays Mass is celebrated in all the three villages where there are Churches. In the past, Frs. J. Ravi Kumar, Francis Stephen, Devasia Ayilukunnel, Konda Reddy etc. worked in the parish. Now Fr. Thambi Joseph is the parish priest.

Some Details About The Centre

  • Apostolates at the Centre - Parish Ministry
  • Number of confreres at present - One Priest
  • People benefitting from it are mostly - poor, middle class and lower middle class.
  • Infrastructure - Sufficient
  • Financial Status - Dependant on the Province
  • Religious Congregation nearby - Holy Spirit Sisters (OSS)
  • Suggestions and Comments for its Future - Personal chapel needs renovation.