History of Church
Established in 1820 AD, the construction of the present structure began in 1869 when Fr. Antonio Tagliabue of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME),bought an extensive plot of land near Chaderghat, in what is now called Gunfoundry (so named for the ammunition centre built there by the Nizam of Hyderabad), to build a school, a church and a convent.
Msgr. Pietro Caprotti (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions), laid its foundation on 18 March 1870, the eve of the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Fr. Luigi Malberti (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions), took charge in 1872 and completed the main building, which was consecrated and opened for divine worship on Christmas Eve of 1875. Hyderabad was made a separate diocese in 1886 AD, and in a consistory held in 1887, Pope Leo XIII declared St. Joseph’s as the Cathedral of the diocese. It was elevated as a ‘Metropolitan See’ archdiocese in 1953.
The Towers and the Facade of the Church were completed in 1891.
All the Statues, the beautiful Mural carvings of the 14 stations and various artifacts (now missing) were imported from Italy.
There are five mammoth bells atop the open bell tower of this Cathedral. These were brought from Italy and were attached to the Cathedral in 1892.
These magnificent bells, the best in the county, are attuned in such a fashion that, on the proclamation of Dogma of Assumption, the members of the Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Mr. F J Campos, played many Marian Hymns on these bells. These bells help this place to make people feel its presence amid of noisy city around it.
These bells were the indicators of approaching disasters and storms to warn people. In olden days when there were no watches, these bells were run to indicate the time.
The central hall of this Cathedral can accommodate up to 500 people
6:30 A.M. – English Mass
8:00 A.M. – English Mass
8:00 A.M. – Catechism and Children’s Mass
9:15 A.M. – Telugu Mass
11:30 A.M. – English Mass
6:00 P.M. – English Mass
Youth Mass – Every Third Sunday 11:30 A.M. Mass followed by Youth Meeting.
6:00 A.M. – Morning Mass
6:00 P.M. – Evening Mass