The history of the Salesians in Andhra Pradesh can be traced way back to 1964. Rt Rev. Ignatius Mummadi, then Bishop of Guntur, offered the institute of St Michael’s Industrial School. The then Provincial, Fr John Med accepted the offer. Three Salesians Fr Benjamin Puthota, Fr Panampara Abraham and Br Gabriel Fernandez took up this mission on 24th June 1964.
Five other houses namely Brahmana Koduru (P.T. Parru in 1971), Cuddapah (1973), St Therasa’s Church (1975), Mangalagiri (1976) and Ravulapalem (1978) were opened till 1979, the year in which the Province of Sacred Heart, Bangalore consisting of Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala were divided from the Province of St Thomas, Chennai. After few more years of growth the Province of St Joseph, Andhra Pradesh was divided from the Province of Sacred Heart, Bangalore on 24th April, 1992. Fr Benjamin Puthota took charge as the first Provincial. From then on our growth is steady and enriching.
In Andhra Pradesh the Salesians of Don Bosco number 171. We are spread over almost all the Districts serving in 32 Presences serving in 11 dioceses of Andhra Pradesh.