San Cupertino Franciscan Ashram
Vijayarai, Pedavegi Mandalam
West Godawari Dt - 534475
Andhra Pradesh, India
Tel: (0091 08812225958
Guardian & Rector Student-Friars
Fr. Damian Veliyil
Fr. Alex Chokky
Fr. Mario Kani yamkunnel
SAN CUPERTINO FRANCISCAN ASHRAM is St. Maximilian Kolbe Province’s first formation house in the State of AP. Besides, it is also the Delegate House of St. Joseph of Cupertino Provincial Delegation, Andra/Telangana. It situates in the Eparchy of Eluru diocese. The purchasing of the land and construction of the building began under the supervision and persevering effort of Fr. Manuel Manicompel, Definitor in charge of Mission and Fr. Joe Palukunnel, first Provincial Delegate.
Fr. Felix Kandathinkkara supervised the construction of the building.The foundation stone of the house was laid on 24th April 2013 by Fr. Sebastian Pendanathu, Minister Provincial. On 30 January 2014 the official inauguration of the establishment of St. Joseph Cupertino Provincial
Delegation coupled with the inauguration of our new house were held. It was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Marco Tasca, Minister General, in the presence of Rev. Fr. Benedict Baek, Assistant General for FAMC and Rev. Fr. Sebastian Pendanathu Minister Provincial. His Excellency Jaya Rao Polimera, Bishop of Eluru diocese blessed the new house. Fr. Regite Thuruthel OFMConv was appointed the first Guardian and Rector of the student-friars while Fr. Rojo Purayidathil was appointed the Rector of the Minor Seminarians.The Blessing of San Cupertino Friary Chapel was held on 16 November 2014. It was officiated by Rev. Fr. Jim Kent OFMConv, Provincial OLC Province, Indiana, USA. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Pendanathu, Minister Provincial, St. Maxmilian Kolbe Province India was also present to the occasion.