Missions

NIRMALA CUSTODY

REGIONAL HOUSE

Capuchin House, Juripar Path
Khanapara P.O.
Six Mile, Guwahati
Assam – 781 022

Tel. 0361 – 2331569, Fax. 0361 – 2334012

E-mail: capuchinhouse@yahoo.co.in

 

Fr. Mathew Kallidukkil – Superior Regular

Fr. Kuriakose Kattupara  – First Councilor

Fr. Biju Adackapara Second Councilor

Fr. Gwumshar Daimary – Third Councilor

 Fr. Anil Kollakunnel Fourth Councilor

Out Side Nirmala Custody

01.  Bahrain

Sacred Heart Church

P.O.Box. 117, Manama, Bahrain

 

Br. Saji Olickathottiyil

 

Nirmala Custody (Assam – Meghalaya)

Our missionary presence and service in North-East India began with the request of His Grace Thomas Menamparambil, Archbishop of Guwahati, who wrote to Br. Provincial in 1992 asking for the services of the Capuchins in his Archdiocese. This request was discussed in the meeting of the CCMSI and it was decided that this mission be part of Krist Jyoti Region, that was under St. Joseph Province. On 30 June 1994 Brs. Gerson Karackal and Bastin Karackkatt were sent to Guwahati as the first missionaries. When Br. Gerson was forced to return to Kerala due to ill health, Br. Joseph Zacharias was sent to Guwahati to replace Br. Gerson. However Br. Anil Sequiera, the definitor general, made an intervention in the CCMSI meeting of 1994 that only a province can take up a mission outside its own territory. Hence the Provincial Definitory, in consultation with Krist Jyoti Mission, decided to take up the North Eastern mission directly under the jurisdiction of the Province. On February 5, 1995 the parish Mariampur was officially entrusted to us and along with it the first Friary of North-Eastern Mission was established here. In the year 1996 we began sending young friars for their theological formation in Sacred Heart Seminary, Shillong, so that they could get accustomed to the local culture and pastoral and missionary situation of the area, as well as learn the local language.

On 4 April, 1997 Br. Peter Celestine was appointed the Provincial Delegate of Assam – Meghalaya Mission. Under his able leadership we could procure a plot of land with a small building on the Juripar Path Road, in the city of Guwahati, which eventually became the head quarters of the mission. Having made some minor alterations to the existing house, the friary was blessed by his Grace Thomas Menamparambil, Archbishop of Guwahati, on 22 Dec 1997. As Br. Peter Celestine was appointed bishop of Jammu-Srinagar on May 8,

1998, Br. Jose Vettickat was assigned to be the Provincial Delegate and he assumed charge in August 1998. He started the construction of the new house that would serve as the head quarters of the mission and as a centre for ongoing formation. The new building was blessed by His Grace Thomas Menamparambil, Archbishop of Guwahati, in the presence of Br. Mathew Paikada, the Provincial Minister, on 11 Feb. 2002. Already in 1997 we started admitting aspirants for Capuchin formation. As there was no Seminary, the candidates were staying in a rented house. After the basic formation the students were taken to Kerala for pre-novitiate and novitiate etc. Gradually after six months when Br. Jose Vettickatt was forced to go back to Kerala due to his ill health and Br. Kuriakose was appointed in his place as provincial delegate. On November 11,2003 Assam Meghalaya Mission was raised to the status of a Custody under the patronage of Blessed Virgin Mary (Nirmala Matha) by the decree Prot. No. 000704/03 and Br. Kuriakose Kattuppara was appointed the first Superior Regular of the Nirmala Custody. The geographical area of the Nirmala Custody comprises of all the dioceses of the States of Assam and Meghalaya. In the chapter held from 12-16 November 2006 Br. Bastin Karackatt was elected the Superior Regular and he was re-elected on 05.11. 2009 for a second term of office. Responding to the request of the provincial definitory dated June 4,2011, the Minister General (Prot. No. 00687/11, dated June 24,2011) decided to raise the Nirmala Custody to the status of a Vice Province of St. Joseph Province.

There are almost 200 tribes and sub tribes and there are also similar number of dialects and languages spoken in the area. Among these tribes we extend our service only to a few, namely, Garos, khasis, Bodos, Rabhas, Rajabunshis, Adivasis and Sandals. We have 107 villages to be looked after and Seven tribal groups in the various parishes. Ten religious groups of sisters collaborate with us in caring for school children, looking after the sick in dispensaries, looking after the girl children in the boarding, teaching catechism and doing direct evangelization work in the villages. The structure of each parish is with a parish church, a priest house, a convent, separate boarding houses for boys and girls, a school, and a dispensary. At present our friars extend service in 12 centers.

We opened houses on request from the respective bishops in various dioceses: in Mariampur (Guwahati Archdiocese) in 1995 in Byrnihat (Shillong Archdiocese) in 1999, in Mronggre (Tura diocese) and in Kothakuthi (Guwahati Archdiocese) in 2002, inTunkubari (Bongaigaon diocese) in 2006, in Mawlangdep (Nongstoin Diocese) in 2007 and in Mejerburi (Guwahati Archdiocese) in 2008, Sahsniang (Jowai Diocese) in 2016. The new Minor Seminary was opened in Umktieh (Shillong Archdiocese) in 2004, a theological study house was opened in Shillong in 2016 and Lamabari (Tezpur Diocese) in 2018.

 

Capuchin House, Juripar Path
Khanapara P.O.
Six Mile, Guwahati
Assam – 781 022

Tel. 0361 – 2331569, Fax. 0361 – 2334012

E-mail: capuchinhouse@yahoo.co.in

Adilabad – Chanda Mission

Syro Malabar Mission, Adilabad

After protracted negotiations the three Syro- Malabar provinces received permission from General Curia in 2013 to start missionary activity in the Syro-Malabar dioceses with “exclusive territory.” There are nine such dioceses. So responding to the repeated requests of Bp. Joseph Kunnath of Adilabad diocese, St. Joseph Province sent Fr. Augustine Nattunilathu and Fr. Anish Varickanikkal in February and May 2014 respectively. Fr. Mathew Paikada joined the team in September 2014 and Fr. Antony Alphonse in June 2015. Fr. Amal Keeprath has joined the Capuchin community in June 2017. Chennur Mandal (Taluq) in entrusted to us for missionary and pastoral work. As we reached Chennur there was a small Catholic community of half dozen families, a CMC convent, a small church and an attached priest-room. We bought 4.25 acres of land and constructed a school and an Ashram on the Nizamabad-Jagadalpur highway (NH 63). The Assisi School started functioning in June 2016 and Assisi Bhavan was blessed on 20 March 2017. The Samaritan Sisters from Mannuthy, Thrissur are helping us in the school and they have built a convent cum hostel adjacent to the school premises and it was blessed on 3 May 2017. Now four sisters are serving the mission in Chennur.

Along with the development of the mission station at Chennur, we have been looking for a second foundation in the diocese of Adilabad. With the financial assistance of Pittsburg province we could purchase 1.25 acres of land at Tekumatla, in the Taluq (Mandal) of Jaipur in the district of Mancherial in Telangana State. Tekumatla village is ca, 40 KM from Chennur and convenient to reach through railways – 15 KM from Ramagundam and 15 KM from Mancherial. The foundation stone was laid on 19th March 2018 and the house was blessed on 16th March 2019 by Bishop Joseph Kunnath. Our house is named “SevaSadan”.

Responding to the repeated request of His Excellency Mar Ephrem Narikulam, the bishop of Chanda, the province decided to open a Capuchin Mission in the diocese of Chanda. Two friars from Pavanatma Province had served here for some time, but did not continue the service. Br. Augustine and Br. Mathew Paikada have been rendering spiritual service in Belharshah Cathedral and in the minor seminary from Chennur.  After the legal formalities were satisfactorily met, Br. Augustine Nattunilathu reached Belharsha on 24th November 2017 and served in the parish of Darmapuri for about seven months. When Brs. Sharon Plakootam and DinnyKuruppassery reached on 11th June 2018, we were ready to take up a parish and the bishop entrusted to us temporarily the parish of Sumthana –Warora, with its two communities of faithful and two convents of St. Anne’s Sisters of Bangalore. The presbytery was renovated and blessed by Bp. Ephrem Narikulam on 18th June.

 

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GERMANY

01. ROSENHEIM

Kapuzinerkloster St. Sebastian

Klosterweg 22,

83022 Rosenheim, Germany

Fr. Alexander Madathil

 

02. ALTÖTTING

Kloster St. Magdalena

Kapellplatz – 9

84503 Altötting

Germany

Fr. Sunil Mathew Kachappally

 

03. Liebfrauen Kapuzinerkloster

Schärfengäßchen 3,
60311 Frankfurt am Main,
Deutschland

Fr. Jinu Arraanchery

ITALY

01. COLLEGIO SAN LORENZO

C. P. 18382, G.R.A. Km 65.050,

00163, Roma, ITALY

Fr. Jinto Puthenpurackal

Fr. Jinu Manthiyil

 

02. HISTORICAL INSTITUTE

C. P. 18382, G.R.A. Km 65.050,

00163, Roma, ITALY

Fr. Benedict Vadakkekara

 

03. GENOVA

Padri Cappuccini

Cappellani Ospedale San Martino

Largo Rosanna Benzi – 10 –

16132 Genova – Italy

Fr. Georgekutty Thottuvayil

Fr. Mathew Valumannel

Fr. Sebin Cherlakkattu

MARY MATHA PROVINCE, ANDHRA-ODISSA

01. VIANNEY COLLEGE

Janampet, Vijayarai P.O.

W.G. Dt, A.P. 534 475

Fr. Varghese Manimala – Rector

 

Fr. Xavier Kochurumpil

Apostolic Vicariate Of Southern Arabia

A. Abu Dhabi

 

 

Secretary of Bishop Paul Hinder

Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

P.O. Box 54, Abu Dhabi, U A E

Tel. +971- 2- 4461895

Fr. Thomas Sebastian Panachickavayalil

 

St. Joseph’s Parish

P.O. Box 54, Abu Dhabi, U A E

Tel. +971- 2- 4461929; Fax. 446 1868

Fr. Joby Karikkampallychirayil

 

B. Dubai

 

 

St. Mary’s Church

P.B. No. 51200

Dubai, U A E

Tel. 00971 – 43370087

Fr. Alex Vachaparampil

 

C. Ruwi, Oman

 

 

Sts. Peter& Paul Catholic Chruch

P.O. Box 613, Ruwi 112

Muscat, Oman

Fr. Bijo Kudilil

Apostolic Vicariate Of Northern Arabia

 

Br. John Chollanickal

Br. Joby Vengappallil


Br. Sebastian Purayidathil