Vincentian Congregation

The Vincentian Congregation is a clerical society in the Syro-Malabar Church with its Generalate at Edappally in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. It comes under the category of the Societies of Common Life according to the manner of religious. It is of Pontifical right. The congrega¬tion was founded on 20 November 1904 as a Koventha at Thottakom by Fr. Varkey Kattarath, Vicar of Vaikom, with three diocesan priests, namely Frs. Joseph Kariapurayidam, Mani Paramkulangara and Kusumos Kattezhath, with the approval of Mar Louis Pazheparampil, the first Vicar Apostolic of Er¬nakulam (1896-1919), based on the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul, on the model of the Congregation of the Mission, founded by him in 1625. As the members of the Koventha were asked now and then by the bishop to do pastoral work in different parishes for long, inspite of his formal instruction on 2 August 1912 to Fr. Varkey Kattarath to take steps for a proper commu¬nity life as per the Common Rules of the Congregation of the Mission, all of them left Thottakom by 1915 for various reasons with the permission of the bishop who invited them to his diocese for starting the Koventha.

After some years Rev. Frs. George Mannara, Antony Pauvathil and George Vattamkandathil expressed their desire to lead a religious life to Mar Au¬gustine Kandathil, the then Archbishop of Ernakulam who directed them to revive the religious community once founded at Thottakom. Accordingly they revived it and began the community life at Thottakom on 19 July 1927. Fr. Varkey Kattarath joined them at Thottakom in October 1927. With the permission of the Archbishop he took the first vows on 20 July 1929 and perpetual vows on 19 July 1931, before his death on 24 October 1931. The Koventha at Thottakom was officially called the Vincentian Congregation in 1938 before the pioneer fathers took the first vows.

The Congregation draws its spirit and distinctive character from the life and works, and the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul who is chosen as the Father and Patron of the Vincentian Congregation. The Congregation has taken as its motto, “He has sent me to proclaim the Good News to the poor” (Lk.4:18), which inspired St. Vincent de Paul. The specific and pre-eminent purpose of the Congregation is the evangelization of the poor, especially the more abandoned. It is realized in the Popular Mission retreats, preaching ministry, missionary works and through charitable, social and educational apostolate. The Vincentian Congregation was raised to the status of ‘pon¬tifical right’ on 11 February 1968. The Apostolic Exarchate of Satna of the Syro Malabar Rite was erected on 29 July 1968 and was entrusted to the Vincentian Congregation. The Exarchate was raised to the rank of an Epar¬chy (diocese) on 26 February 1977.

Another milestone in the history of the Congregation was the erection of St. Thomas dependent region on 28 February 1980 for the Hindi speaking area. The Congregation was divided into two dependent regions in Kera¬ la in 1988. On 1 January 1990 the dependent regions of Marymatha and St. Joseph were raised to provinces and the St. Thomas region to a vice-province. Eventually, this vice-province also was raised to a province. St. Thomas Province extended its mission works to the diocese of Meerut in U.P. in 1989. Soon more houses and activities began in U.P. and a Mission Superior was appointed for the U.P. Mission. Now 14 fathers are doing min¬istry in this mission.

In 1991, Kalyan diocese entrusted the civil district of Ahmednagar in Maha¬rashtra with the Marymatha Province for intensive and extensive evangeli¬zation with territorial jurisdiction. The mission was formally inaugurated by Mar Paul Chittilappilly, the then Bishop of Kalyan diocese on September 11, 1991. The mission is called St. Paul Mission and at present 14 fathers are working here.

The mission works in Andhra Pradesh begun in 1978 at Bhimadole in the diocese of Eluru were extended to other dioceses of Rayalaseema area in 1988. The mission works in Andhra Pradesh were organized under a mis¬sion superior from 1998. This mission was declared a dependent region under Marymatha Province called Good Shepherd Region on 6 January 2006, and was officially inaugurated on 24th of the same month. At present, there are 36 fathers working in this region.

The mission works in East Africa begun with the arrival of Rev. Frs. James Edavazhithara and Jacob Athickal in Mbeya, Tanzania on 10 July 1979 were accelerated with the arrival of Rev. Fr. Joseph Kurupamparambil. The Af-rican Mission has been raised to the status of a dependent region under Marymatha Province called Sacred Heart Region on 6 January 2006 and was formally inaugurated on 18 November 2006. At present there are 26 fa¬thers working in this region in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The first mission started outside Kerala in 1962 at Adaikalapuram at the invitation of Rt. Rev. V.S. Selvanather, Bishop of Salem and with the blessing and approval of the Oriental Congregation gradually spread to other parts of the state of Tamilnadu and the neighboring states of Karnataka and Goa. For the effective co-ordination and development of the mission centres in these states, they were organized under a Mission Superior on 19 March 2003. This mission was raised to the status of a dependant region under St. Joseph Province and named St. Xavier’s Region on 1 May 2007. Now 28 fathers are doing ministry in this region.

Rev. Fr. George Mannara, Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel, Rev. Fr. Jacob Kal¬larackal, Rev. Fr. George Kammattil, Rev. Fr. George Manalel , Rev. Fr. Paul Kariamadam, Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal, Rev. Fr. George Arackal and Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery served as Superiors General of the Congregation for different periods of time. At present the Congregation is led by Rev. Fr. Var¬ghese Parappuram, elected Superior General on 21 April 2009.

General Administration

Superior General

Fr. Varghese Parappuram

 
Councilors  
Fr. Mathew Vattakuzhy Asst. Superior General, Mission, Social and Charitable Works
Fr. Issac Marippattu Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work
Fr. Varghese Chackumkuzhy Education and Media
Fr. George Vettaparambil Finance and Construction

Secretary General

Fr. Issac Marippattu

 

Address

 

Vincentian Generalate, De Paul Nagar, P.B. No. 2250, Edappally, Kochi, 682024, Kerala, India.
Tel : 0484 2540503, 2550571 (Superior General)
E mail : vcgeneral@gmail.com

 
Internal Auditor of Accounts Fr. Sebastian Thundathikunnel
Secretary to the Superior General Fr. Sebastian Chooranolickal

Marymatha Province

Provincial Superior

Fr. Paul Puthuva
 
Councilors  
Fr. Francis Naduviledath Asst. Provincial Superior, Mission, Social and Charitable Works
Fr. Paul Parekkattil Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work
Fr. Alex Chalangady Education and Media
Fr. James Kokkandathil Finance and Construction

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Alex Chalangady

 

Address

 

Marymatha Provincial House, P.B. No. 1, Angamaly South, 683 573, Kerala, India.
Tel : 0484 2452336, 2457890 (Provincial), 2453547 (Fax)
E-mail : marymathavc@gmail.com

 

Consultative Body

 
Dept. of Formation Fr. Joseph Thazhathemuriyil, Fr. John Palaparambil
Dept. of Retreats & Pastoral Work Fr. John Cheriavely, Fr. Anto Kannampuzha
Dept. of Social Work & Mission Fr. Martin Palatty, Fr. Varghese Perinchery
Dept. of Education & Media Fr. Raju Choorackal, Fr. Thomas Vettiyadan
Dept. of Finance & Construction Fr. Mathew Thadathil, Fr. Jacob Chirayil
Director of Popular Mission

Fr. Varghese Kottaparambil (Kerala), Fr. Sebastian Nettiyankal (A.P)

Director of Social Works Fr. Varghese Perinchery
Coordinator of Regency Fr. George Pottayil
Internal Auditor of Accounts Fr. Joseph Pallickamadam
Secretary to the Provincial Superior Fr. Joseph Kunnel

St. Joseph Province

Provincial Superior
Fr. George Arackal Sr.

 

Councilors

 
Fr. Jose Chettoor Asst. Provincial Superior, Education and Media
Fr. Antony Thachethukudy

Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work

Fr. Abraham Neeruvelil

Mission, Social and Charitable Works

Fr. Samuel Kanathukadu Finance and Construction

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Abraham Neeruvelil

 

Address

 

Vincentian Provincial House, S.H. Mount P.O., Kottayam, 686006, Kerala, India
Tel : 0481 2563559, 6532825, 2563582 (Fax)

E-mail : vincentiansjp@gmail.com
 

Consultative Body

 
Dept. of Formation Fr. Antony Moonnupeedikackal, Fr. Varghese Kulathur
Dept. of Retreats & Pastoral Work Fr. Joseph Kaippadakunnel, Fr. Varghese Choorapuzha
Dept. of Social Work & Mission

. John Kuncherakkattu, Fr. Alex Valliamthadathil

Dept. of Education & Media Fr. Thomas Thekkemury, Fr. Thomas Mangalath
Dept. of Finance & Construction

Fr. Joseph Kuruppumtharamukalel, Fr. John Punnolil

Director of Popular Mission

Fr. Joseph Kaipadakunnel (Kerala), Fr. Xavier Anthonysamy (T.N)

Director of Social Works Fr. Varghese Muzhuthett
Coordinator of Regency Fr. Sebastian Thundathikunnel
Internal Auditor of Accounts Fr. John Punnolil, Fr. Joseph Kuruppumtharamukalel
Secretary to the Provincial Superior Fr. Mathew Ponneduthakallel

Regional Administration

01. GOOD SHEPHERD REGION [MM]

Regional Superior
Fr. Antony Chakkungal

 

Councilors

 
Fr. Martin Kalamparambil

Vicar

Fr. Peter Muttathottil

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Ashram, Chinna Avutapalli, Krishna Dt., 521286, A.P., India.
Tel : 08676 257229, 257224 (office)

 

02. SACRED HEART REGION [MM]

Regional Superior
Fr. Antony Valliparambil

 

Councilors

 
Fr. Joseph Pattath

Vicar

Fr. Joseph Puthiyaparambil

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Fathers, P.O. Box 25158 - 00603, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.
Tel : 00254 726822406
E mail : shregion@gmail.com

 

03. ST. XAVIER’S REGION [SJ]

Regional Superior

Fr. Sebastian Padinjarekuttu

Councilors

 
Fr. Cyriac Kodamullil

Vicar

Fr. Joseph Kizhakkethottam

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Ashram, 29 PrakruthiTownship, 1st Main, P.B.No. 4326, Babusahib Palaya, Bengaluru, 560043, Karnataka, India.
Tel : 080 25451252, 25454748
E mail : vcxavierregion@yahoo.co.in

 

Mision Administration

01. ST. PAUL MISSION [MM]

Mission Superior
Fr. John Kizhakkumthala

 

Councilors

 
Fr. John Edappilly

Vicar

Fr. Devassia Mealkarapurath

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Mission House, De Paul Nagar, Link Road, Kedgaon, Ahmednagar, 414005, Maharashtra, India.
Tel : 0241 2551241
E mail : stpaulmissionvc@gmail.com