Vijayawada Diocese – Latin Rite

Jakkampudi (PO)
Vijayawada 520 012
Krishna Dt.
Andhra Pradesh
Phone : 0866-2812236, 2812119, 2812998
Fax : 0866-2812929
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Founded on 11.07.1987

Moved by the spirit of Benedictine Mission and commissioned by the Priory of St. Joseph’s Benedictine Monastery, Makkiyad, Kerala, the two pioneers, the late Fr. Jocob Panackal and Fr. Cherian Ambalathuruthel set out for the distant state of Andhra Pradesh. Late Most Rev. Thumma Jospeh, The Bishop of Vijayawada, graciously offered a few acres of land at Jakkampudi, about 10 km away from the city of Vijayawada. And on 11th July 1987 the official inauguration of the new foundation, Navajeevan Monastery at Jakkampudi village, took place. It was a nucleus community of five led by Fr Joseph Kulathinal. It was a red letter day in the annuals of Navajeevan Monastery; It was elevated into a Conventual Priory on 5th Sept 2001 during the General Chapter of the congregation and later officially, inaugurated on 21st March, 2002. Since it is a small and your Priory, grater importance is given to the education and formation of the young recruits. Most of the vocations come with High School studies. Following the tradition, Sylvestrines engage themselves in community life, prayer, manual work, apostolic ministry, education, retreat preaching and hospitality. The Priory is entrusted with a parish which consists of six villages in the radius of 10-15 km. Most of the villages have small Chapels. The Priory also is engaged in running an English medium school, situated some 5 km away from the monastery. Students come from the village set up and from the lowest strata of the society. Monks take up also the ministry of preaching retreats and giving classes on specific topics to priests and religious.

Fr. James Mylackal Conventual Prior

Priest Monks-10, Solemnly Professed-1, Simple Professed-3, Postulants-1, Aspirants-6; Total-21


Location :

Jakkampudi is 9 km from Vijayawada Railway Station or Bus Stand; Navajeevan is on the way.

By Car :

From Vijayawada take the Mylavaram or Vissannapeta route via Vijaya Milk Diary Ply over (one town).

By Bus :

From Bus Stand take 218 (Mylavaram via Velagaleru) or 111 (Vissannapeta via Velagaleru). Get down in Pamula kaluva bus stop. Walk 100 meters to reach monastery.

By Rail :

Most of the trains pass through Vijayawada.

By Air :

Take flight to Gannavaram, which is 30 km away from Vijayawada. Take a taxi and reach either Railway Station or Bus Stand.

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