Fr. Vijaya Bathineni
I was born on15th August 1983 in Guntur (India). My parents were farmers. I lost my father when I was studying 9th grade. I am the only Son in the family. I have one older sister. My mom lives by herself. I studied in a Catholic Boarding school and it was run by the Missionaries. I was an altar server for all the Masses in my parish. Whenever my Pastor went for Mass in Mission stations he would ask me to come with him. I was happy to go with him. I was inspired by his prayerful and exemplary life. He encouraged me to join the seminary. I joined the seminary at the age of fifteen. I was ordained on 11th April 2012 in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. I was an Associate Pastor for five years in Infant Jesus Cathedral (in my home diocese). Ever since I joined in the seminary I have had a strong desire to be a Missionary. I strongly believe that the Church is Missionary by nature, my fore fathers were evangelized and baptized by the European Missionaries. I too on my part would love to work as a Missionary in Canada. I came to the Diocese of Calgary on 15th June 2017. I just completed a year in St. Luke’s Parish. St. Luke’s parish gave me a good incitation to my priestly ministry in Canada. I strongly believe that this new appointment as Associate pastor at Holy Family Parish is a great opportunity for me to learn new things and grow in faith to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I wish and pray that Almighty God may touch the lives of many young men to respond to His call to the priesthood.
God Bless… Fr. Vijay Bathineni