Executive Director
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REV. FR. GOVINDU RAYANNA

Rev. Dr. Govindu Rayanna, the Executive Director of GDSS&WS was ordained priest on April 12, 1984 and has completed 35 years of priestly ministry. He obtained his master’s degree in Biblical Theology from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bengaluru, and Doctorate from the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome. He served as a resident professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John’s Regional Major Seminary, Hyderabad. He is an acknowledged professor of Sacred Scripture and well known in various seminaries and institutes of theology in India and abroad. He has also distinguished himself by organizing seminars and workshops for the Training of Trainers on Leadership Development, Value Education, Community Building and Communication Skills both for graduates and post-graduates. He has authored six books, several articles, audio and video-cassette programmes in Spirituality, Theology, Social Justice and Community Development.

The Executive Director, GDSS&WS, has considerable experience in executing projects ranging from drinking water, sinking of bore wells, digging and opening wells, formation of women groups, land reclamation, social housing, construction of toilets, youth animation, educational sponsorship, vocational training for youth, micro-schemes for the disabled etc


OFFICE AND POSITIONS HELD AFTER PRIESTLY ORDINATION
Diocese of Guntur
  • Parochial Vicar at Infant Jesus Cathedral, Phirangipuram, 1984-1987
  • Director and Coordinator of the Pastoral Renewal Programs, 1987-1990, Guntur
  • Pioneer of the Basic Christian Communities in the Diocese of Guntur, 1987-1994
  • Director of the Pastoral Training Centre, 1990-1994, Nambur, Guntur
  • Secretary of Diocesan Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Committee, 1987-1994
  • Vice President of Christian Forum, 1987-1994, Guntur
  • Member of Christian Forum, Guntur 2003 – 2009, Guntur
  • Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church, Guntur, 2003-2009
  • Dean of St. Anthony- Guntur Deanery 2003-2009
  • Secretary of Guntur City Catholic Priests Fellowship, 2003 -2009

Andhra Pradesh Region
  • Chairman of the Coastal Andhra Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 1989-1994
  • Member of Andhra Jyotirmai Society, 1990-1994
  • Member of Regional Biblical Commission, 1987-1994, 1996-2000, 2003-2009
  • Member of Telugu Bible Translation Committee, 2003 - Present
  • Member of Regional Catechetical Commission, 1987-1994
  • Professor of Sacred Scriptures at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, 1996-2000
  • Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council Commission for Clergy and Religious, 1996-2000
  • Visiting Professor of Sacred Scriptures at St. Francis College of Philosophy and Theology, Janampet, Eluru, 2003-Present
  • Visiting Professor of Sacred Scriptures at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Khammam, 2003-Present

National Level
  • Participated in the Meeting of All India Biblical Apostolate, 1989
  • Participated in the Meeting of All India Biblical Apostolate, 1991
  • Participated in the Meeting of All India Biblical Apostolate, 1993
  • Member of National Ecumenical Society of Biblical Studies, 1996- Present
  • Member of Catholic Biblical Apostolate in India, 2003 – Present
  • Member of Catholic Biblical Association of India, 1996 – Present
  • Member of Christian Forum, Guntur 2003 – 2009, Guntur
  • Executive Secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India Commission for Bible 2009 – 2017
  • Acting Deputy Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India May 22, 2013 – June 10, 2014

International Level
  • Participated in the International Conference of Catholic Schools of Evangelization ASIA/OCEANIA, 1989, Singapore
  • Participated in the International Conference of Catholic Schools of Evangelization ASIA/OCEANIA, 1991, Singapore
  • Participated in the International Conference of Catholic Schools of Evangelization ASIA/OCEANIA, 1993, Singapore
  • Member of the Conference of the Association of the Coordinators of Catholic Schools of Evangelization-ASIA/OCEANIA, Singapore, 1989-1993
  • Member of Catholic Biblical Federation, Germany, 2009 – Present
  • Vice President of Christian Forum, 1987-1994, Guntur
  • Member of Christian Forum, Guntur 2003 – 2009, Guntur
  • Participated in the Asia-Oceania Biblical Congress, 2010, Bangkok
  • Participated in the Conference of Catholic Biblical Federation, 2011, Rome
  • Participated in the Conference of Catholic Biblical Federation, 2016, Rome