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Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar appointed as the Fifth Provincial of Hyderabad
By Vincent Castilino
Hyderabad, Dec. 17. The Rector Major has nominated Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar , as the successor to the present Provincial, Father Raminedi Balaraju  who will be completing his six year term as Provincial Superior of The Province of Hyderabad. He succeeds Fr Raminedi Balaraju as the fifth Provincial of Hyderabad.  As we rejoice at this announcement we gladly welcome him back to the Province (from the Generalate) and sincerely thank Father Balaraju for his yeomen services to the Province.
Father Thathi as he is fondly called in the Province, will certainly draw heavily from his experience as the Vice Provincial of Hyderabad for the past 5 years till he was appointed at the Generalate in Rome.  He is 41 years old (being born on October 10, 1974) but much loved and admired by the  confreres and all those who have been in touch with him, ever since his initial formation.  The Province stands to gain from his multi-talented personality and give an impetus to all the works done by Salesians and the Salesian Family in the province.  

He is an accomplished formator who  has successfully completed his Ph.D in Philosophy, from The Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Rome.  He is passionate about social communication, he recently directed a short film on Don Bosco entitled 'The Journey'. He was the editor of the Province newsletter 'Kaburlu', and the delegate for Social communications for two consecutive terms .  

His love for the poor has found concrete expression in his dedicated work with and for the street children of Visakhapatnam, while being fully involved in the Philosophate at St John's Regional Seminary, Kondadaba.  His organisational and relational skills were made visible especially during his stint as the vice-provincial. After animating the 8th Provincial Chapter he was also elected as the Province Delegate to the 27th General Chapter. Besides being blessed with qualities of the head, he also has a large heart and a sane balancing ability of both.  These externally visible features rest strong and rise deep from his inner convictions and principles of Salesian Religious life.  Counting on all these rich qualities he was called to the Generalate in August 2015 to be part of the Youth Pastoral Team.  The Province is indeed blessed to have him back as its chief animator.  

Father Thathi hails from Reddypalem, in Mahboobnagar district of Telangana and is the eldest in the family of three children.  His father expired a year ago and is much doted on by his beloved mother, Mrs Maria Rani.  He joined the Salesian aspirantate at Gunadala, Vijayawada as an eighth standard boy and went on to make his first profession in the freshly bifurcated Province of Hyderabad (from Bangalore) on May 24, 1993. After his Theological studies at Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore he was ordained a Priest on January 3, 2003.  


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