Provincial House Kottayam
|Address||Vincentian Provincial House, S.H. Mount P.O., 686006, Kottayam, Kerala, India.|
|Phone||0481 2563559, 6532825|
|Email $ Webemail@example.com ; www.vincentianssjp.com|
01. Fr. Arackal George Sr. - Provincial Superior
02. Fr. Kanathukadu Samuel - Provincial Councilor & Finance Officer
03. Fr. Koshackal Jose - Secretary to the Provincial
04. Fr. Naduvilpurayidathil Augustine - Pastoral Ministry
05. Fr. Neeruvelil Abraham - Provincial Councilor & Provincial Secretary
06. Fr. Parayil John - Member
07. Bro. Peedikayil Thomas - Regent
01. Social Institute Regd. (1993)
02. Vincentian Social Services Regd. (1993)
03. Vincentian Publishing Society Regd. (1994)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The Vincentian Provincial House stands 2 km away from the Kottayam railway station. It is situated in an area of 96.5 cents adjacent to the M.C. Road where it crosses with the S.H. Mount Road. The Provincial House is situated in the jurisdictional area of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry. The heavenly patron of the Province and Provincial House is St. Joseph. It enters the history of the St. Joseph’s Province of the Vincentian Congregation from April 6, 1993 when the sales deed of this property was contracted and on the same day Rev. Fr. Joseph Nediyakalayil began staying there in the already existing Building. The building was canonically erected as a house and blessed on May 30, 1993, by Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Powathil, the Archbishop of Changanacherry and was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mattam, the Bishop of Satna. There upon, the Provincial House that was running on a temporary basis at Thodupuzha was transferred to Kottayam. Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Thoyalil, the first Provincial Superior of the St. Joseph’s Province, and Rev. Fr. Joseph Nediyakalayil, the Provincial Procurator of the time, were the first residing members of the house. Before being transferred to Chengam Orphanage as its director Rev. Fr. George Arackal (Jr), a new priest of the year, joined the community for doing the work of the Vocation Promoter, secretary and lending his help in Popular Mission.Retreats. The then Provincial Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Thoyalil, was also the most felt presence in the social fields of Kerala, as he became the founder and the Executive Secretary of Kerala Social Service Society.
In May 1997, the provincial chapter elected a new administrative body headed by Very Rev. Fr. George Arackal (Sr.) as the Provincial Superior. Rev. Fr. Thomas Madathinal was the Finance Officer. For an interim period (from July 1997) before he left for France for his higher studies, Rev. Fr. George Meckattu became an active member of the Provincial House preparing himself for his foreign studies and helping the community in the affairs of the House.
During the period of administration from 1997-2001 the construction of a new building for the Provincial House was going on under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Thomas Madathinal. The foundation stone for the new building was laid by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, the Bishop of Satna on May 5, 2000. The new Provincial House Building was blessed on April 4, 2001 by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathew Vaniakizhakkel himself and was inaugurated by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Powathil, the Archbishop of Changanacherry.
A new Administrative Body took charge in May 2001 headed by Very Rev. Fr. Abraham Kanjirakonam. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thundathikunnel served as the Provincial Finance Officer. By this time Rev. Fr. Johnus Cherunilam was transferred from Nedumkunnam to Kottayam and was appointed the Vocation Promoter for the Province. Rev. Fr. Roy Thekkumpurath was appointed the Secretary to the Provincial and for helping the Popular Mission Retreats in Jan. 2002 and thereafter the community changed the residence from the old house to the new and the provincial house came to its full swing by May 1, 2002 with the Family Gathering of the year.
By June 2003 the functions of the house expanded with the erection of the post plus two second year seminary in the old building by Rev. Fr. Roy Thekkumpurath as its Rector. The residing members of the Provincial House too took classes for the seminarians. It was later shifted to the Minor Seminary, Pala in the academic year 2005-06.
A good number of the neighboring Christians and Non-Christians profit from the spiritual undertakings of the House. Moreover the Provincial House acts as the pivotal point of communion and co-ordination of the works of the Province as well.