Vincentian House Marayoor
|Address||Vincentian House, Sahayagiri, Marayoor, 685620, Idukki Dt., Kerala, India.|
01. Fr. Adappoor Jose - Superior
02. Fr. Maliekal Thomas - Finance Officer
01. Aiswarya Social Centre Regd. (1990)
02. Aiswarya Tailoring and Dress Making Centre (1992)
03. Aiswarya Balvihar (1995)
04. De Paul Training Centre (1999)
05. De Paul Boys Home (2000)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Marayoor Ashram is the 9th among the pioneer houses of the Vincentian Congregation. It was founded in 1967 by the then Superior General Very Rev. Fr. Jacob Kallarackal and Rev. Fr. James Paliyakunnel became its first Superior. It belongs to the juridical boundary of the Diocese of Idukki. The Ashram holds St. Mary as its Patron. It was through Bro. Thomas S.H.J. that Vincentian Congregation happened to do Mission work among the poor of the high ranges that belonged to the Kothamangalam Diocese. He was a zealous person of the Brothers of Sacred Heart of Jesus that was doing Service in those days in Kanthalloor, Keezhanthoor, Perumala and Marayoor. He gave not only the initial impetus but also the needful land as well to begin the Ashram. Later on the Ashram bought additional land.
The Bishop of Kothamangalam Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi entrusted the pastoral care of the Syro- Malabar Catholics of Marayoor, Kanthalloor and Keezhanthoor villages to the Vincentian community. The construction of the Church progressed rapidly with the cooperation of the people and it was blessed by the Superior General on December 10, 1967. Bishop Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi blessed the foundation stone for the Ashram on January 19, 1969. The construction of the Ashram progressed very fast with the cooperation of Bro. Thomas and the local people. The Ashram was blessed by the Superior General on December 7, 1969 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast of the patroness of the Church, Mary Help of Christians was solemnly celebrated on December 8.
Though in the course of its long history various institutions like the Sahayagiri Hospital, De Paul College and Aiswarya Social Centre were run temporarily by the House, they all had to be closed subsequently due to unfavorable circumstances. De Paul Balabhavan was founded in 2001 in the building of the former De Paul College. The House has 6 acres of sugar cane cultivation besides the 4 acres given on lease. The climate is fine and scenic beauty captivating. It can serve as a Summer Villa for the members of the Congregation.