Vincentian House Adaikalapuram
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||Vincentian House, Adaikalapuram, Denkanikotta, 635107, Krishnagiri Dt., Tamil Nadu, India.|
01. Fr. Kodamullil Cyriac - Finance Officer V.H. & De Paul High School
02. Fr. Pushparaj M. - Director, Boys Home & Asst. Finance Officer
03. Fr. Puthumana John - Superior; Parish Priest; Finance Officer, De Paul Tamil Medium School & Correspondent of De Paul Schools
01. Adaikalamatha Parish (1962)
02. De Paul Elementary School (1966)
03. St. Vincent’s Home for Children (1968) - Tel: 04347 291430
04. De Paul High School (1999) - Tel: 04347 291038
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Vincentian Congregation starts its first Mission in Tamilnadu at Adaikalapuram in the year 1962. The late Bishop of Salem Rt. Rev. Dr. V.S. Selvanathan was happy enough to invite us to his Diocese to look after a Catholic village, Adikalapuram, 160 km north of Salem. It was an underdeveloped area near the border of Karnataka State. At present Adaikalapuram is situated in the ecclesiastical boundary of Dharmapuri Diocese, and in the Revenue District of Krishnagiri. The heavenly patron of this House is St. Vincent De Paul.
Rev. Fr. Ignatius Kalathil, hailing from the diocese of Verapoly and working in Salem, was our guide to the Diocese of Salem in the year 1962. He was the Parish Priest of Dasarappally of which Adikalapuram and Denkanikotta were substations at our arrival here. Rev. Fr. Joseph Pampackal was the pioneer to our mission of Adaikalapuram, who started the Mission on May 31, 1962. Then onwards Adikalpuram became Parish separated from the Parish of Dasarappally. Denkanikotta and Kelamangalam were the two substations of Adaikalapuram. Rev. Fr. Joseph Pampackal was the first parish priest and Superior of our Mission. In 1966 a new Church at Kelamangalam was built, where Mass and liturgical services were conducting in houses of the faithful so far. Our new Church of Adaikalapuram and Vincentian House was blessed on April 23, 1968 by the then Bishop of Salem Rt. Rev. Dr. V.S. Selvanathan. In June 6, 1973 Denkanikotta was raised to a separate Parish.
The orphanage started in 1968 at Adaikalapuram has become an important institution for the boys from the surrounding areas. As we are having the elementary school the students get the primary education and get admitted to other orphanages of Salem Diocese for higher classes. The students also can go on to get training after matriculation and can find teaching jobs in various schools run by the Diocese. Some of our students have received vocation to religious or priestly life. As the Diocese provides different training facilities students are also able to find job in cities like Bangalore.
Other than the Parish and Boys Home, we have a Tamil Medium Primary School, Unaided High School and 20 acres land, with stable crops. We normally conduct medical camps in the village.