Vincentian Ashram Chembur - Mumbai
|Address||Vincentian Ashram, 504, 12th Road, Chembur, 400071, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.|
01. Fr. Chavarananickal Robert - Superior & Director
02. Fr. Thoyalil Thomas Finance - Officer & Parish Priest
01. Prayer House (1997) - Tel: 022 5215816
02. Perpetual Adoration Centre (1997)
03. St. Joseph’s Parish Church (2006)04. De Paul Training Centre (1999)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
It had been a cherished desire of the St. Joseph’s Province of the Vincentian Congregation to start an Ashram in Mumbai, the Gate of India. In 1992 a flat was bought in Kurla West but was sold since ministries could not be begun there due to technical reasons. A second attempt to buy a plot near the Chembur over bridge also could not succeed. Efforts were still continued and finally found out a suitable place for the Ashram at Chembur and Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Thoyalil, the then Provincial Superior blessed the new House on May 18, 1997.
The Ashram and the centre holds St. George as its Patron. It is situated in the left row of buildings in the 12th Road, Chembur, and is part of the 504th Apartment known as Rajeshwari. Chembur is placed 15 km away from Dadar, Mumbai through the Sion Trombay road. Rev. Fr. Jose Vettiyankal, the one who took the initial pursuits for a Mumbai House was appointed as the first Superior of the Vincentian Ashram, Chembur. The auspicious occasion of blessing was solemnized by the adoration led by Rev. Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil and the preaching of the Word of God by Rev. Fr. Mathew Elavunkal and by the honorable presence of Rev. Fr. Thomas Madathinal, the then Provincial Procurator and Rev. Fr. Jacob Purathur, the Procurator of the Diocese of Kalyan and many others.
On August 28, 1997 it was raised to a Perpetual Adoration centre, with special devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Many people assemble here for reciting the Divine Mercy Rosary and adore the Blessed Sacrament exposed here for the whole day and night. Ever since the establishment of the Prayer Centre it has been a blessing for the people irrespective of their religion. Preaching and healing ministries are going on here and the Ashram and the Adoration Chapel have been rendering solace and blessings to those who come here.
Meanwhile a miracle intensified the faith of the people in 1997. The picture of the Divine Mercy smeared blood on August 16, October 9, 10 and November 8 and the event was witnessed by many people and responded by the Indian Express. It gathered momentum and as per the request of the Bishop of Kalyan the regular programs for the public in the centre called off and according to the instructions of the B.M.C. public programs that might disturb the neighboring residents were discouraged. Hence silent adoration and recitation of Divine Mercy Prayer are carried on now in private. Convenience is also made for believers to do their Confession and for all those who come here to have Spiritual Counseling at their request.