St. Mary's Church, Vijayawada
Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption is a minor basilica located in Secunderabad, India. The decree designating it as a basilica was issued on 7 November 2008. The church is located on Sarojini Naidu Road in Secunderabad. It owes its early history to Father Daniel Murphy along with Bishop Carew. St. Mary's Church was completed in 1850. This church was formerly called the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. In 1886, it ceased to be a cathedral. In 1871, a few nuns from St. Anne at Turin came here and opened a school that is popular as St. Ann's school.
St. Mary's Church is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the city of Secunderabad, India. It was formerly the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. It is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.Adjacent to the church is the convent of St. Ann's which runs the St. Ann's High School, Secunderabad.
The church began with the work of Fr. Daniel Murphy among Irish Catholics in the British Army.He arrived in India in 1839, and began the construction of St. Mary's church as a cathedral in 1840. It was completed and blessed in 1850, and was at that time the largest church in Hyderabad State.The church ceased to be a cathedral in 1886, when the see was moved from Secunderabad to Hyderabad