Most Rev. S. A. Aruliah, was the first bishop of Cuddapah (Kadapa) Diocese. He was a very loving, kind and compassionate father who toiled day and night for the spread of God’s kingdom. He had tremendous faith in the providence of God even when everything seemed impossible. He was a man of prayer and had a special devotion to the Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He never missed the Holy Mass even when in sick bed. He was a great devotee of Our Blessed Mother. He found a great source of strength and inspiration in Saints. Every day he used to read from the Lives of Saints and explain it to others. He insisted that people respect the Mother Church, her leaders and pray for them. He had a special concern for the priests and religious of the diocese and took care to visit them. He loved and cared for his flock. He was a great missionary on fire with the love of God.
To uplift the poor and the neglected was always his concern. He worked hard for their well being. He realized that development was possible only through education. He opened many schools and boarding homes for the education of the poor. He enjoyed the company of the children and had many enriching and challenging stories for them. He shared the simple homes and meals of the people on his pastoral visits. He was a friend of all who met him.