Vincentian House Bhimadole
|Patron||Our Lady of Health|
|Address||Vincentian House, Bhimadole, 534425, West Godavari Dt., Andhra Pradesh, India.|
01. Fr. Kadavy Francis - Superior & Finance Officer, De Paul School
02. Fr. Kaithakalam Scaria - Director, BDS & Boys Home
03. Fr. Kochuthazhathu Jacob - Parish Priest & Finance Officer, V.H.
04. Fr. Payyappilly Sebastian - Asst. Director, B.D.S. and Boys Home & Asst. Parish Priest
05. Fr. Thekkekulam Mathew - Principal, De Paul School
01. Our Lady of Health Church
02. De Paul Boys Home (1982) - Tel: 08829 222806
03. Bhimadole Development Society - BDS (1988) - Tel: 08829 222240
04. De Paul English Medium High School (1990) - Tel: 08829 222001
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
During the time of Very Rev. Fr. George Kammattil V.C. as the Superior General(1972-78), Bishop of Eluru invited us to his diocese. The mission Councillor, Rev. Fr. James Edvazhithara made an official visit to the diocese of Eluru. Having studied his report, the General Council decided to send two Priests to Andhra Pradesh. On 16th June 1978, Frs. Mathew Kunnel and John Karukappilly reached the Bishop’s house in Eluru and that evening they were taken to Bhimadole Parish by the Bishop himself. At that time the parish was vacant. The developmental process at Bhimadole was started by the Congregation with the declaration of the centre as a formal Vincentian house in the year 1981. Fr. Mathew Kunnel was the first Superior. With few modifications the old presbytery was kept as the Vincentian house.
Fr. Mathew Kunnel was the first parish priest of Bhimadole parish. It had 29 substations and increased to 32 substations later. The administration of the parish was difficult because of the large number of substations. Hence it was decided to divide the parish into two. Gundugolanu village was bifurcated from Bhimadole parish with 6 substations and was made a parish on January 21, 2012 and the diocese took charge of it. We celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Bhimadole Parish in 2014. As Golden Jubilee memorial we built a new church with 14 Stations of the Cross in front of it.
In 1982 we purchased five acres of land adjacent to the parish house. In June 1985 a new building for Boys’ Home was constructed there. This was in a dilapidated stage in 2011. We demolished that and started construction of a new one in the beginning of 2011. The construction of the Boys’ Home was completed and was blessed on December 14, 2012. Now the Boys’ Home accommodates 57 students and they get education in the De Paul English Medium School.
De Paul English Medium High School had a humble beginning in 1990 as a response to the demands of the local people. Rev. Fr. Paul Puthuva started it with 5 students in De Paul Boy’s Home. Fr. George Chatholil was the first Principal. The present structure of the school was built step by step. Later separate KG section was built.
In the year 1988, Bhimadole Developmental Society (B.D.S) was started. It was for the integral development of the people in and around Bhimadole. The initiative came from Fr. Thomas Njarackal. Fr. John Kallattil was the first president of the society. We invited the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark to do the work of BDS as a joint venture as well as to teach in the school in 1990. After the completion of the first and second phase of the project a Stabilizer assembling unit was started as a follow up. It was closed in 2007 because of certain reasons and started again in the same year. A second unit was started in 2015. Altogether 60 ladies are the beneficiaries of these projects.
From 2014, the Bhimadole Development Society is initiating a service programme in collaboration with ‘SIDE BY SIDE INDIA, BELGIUM’ for the development of four villages i.e., Kothuru, Thallagudem, Kothamupparu and Buraigudem, in the Diocese of Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, to meliorate living conditions and create better chances for the poorest indwellers. The service will be extended to the people based on a comparative social study on the socio-demographic situation of the villages. The project covers areas such as education, health, basic sanitation, and housing, creating awareness, drinking water facilities and making opportunities to earn an extra income.