The faithful of Rayapuram village, the substation of Vellaturu Parish witnessed the great moment of elevation of Deacon Velpuri Sunil Babu, the son of the soil to the Sacred Order of Priesthood on 27th December 2019 at Rayapuram.On that day, Deacon Sunil Babu, who belongs to the Order of the Society of Divine Saviour (Salvatorians) was ordained priest by His Excellency, Most Rev. Thelagathoti Joseph Raja Rao SMM, Bishop of Vijayawada, during the mass celebrated at St. John’s Church, Rayapuram, Vellaturu Parish.
Fr. Vimal Raju SDS, the Vicariate Administrator who was delegated by the Superior General and Fr. Alexus Aseervadam SDS, Vicariate Superior of Indian Mission, presented the candidate. Few Salvatorian Priests and Sisters were present for this great occasion. Several priests of other Congregations and the diocese, and religious sisters took part in the Priestly Ordination Ceremony. There were about 30 priests and a big number of faithful present for this celebration. Fr. Sunil Babu offered his First Thanksgiving Mass in Rayapuram village on 28th December, 2019.