Vincentian Ashram Pfreimd
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||Vincentian Ashram, Freyung 33, 92536 Pfreimd, Germany.|
01. Fr. Karikkanezham Antony - Parish Ministry
02. Fr. Kattayil Johnson - Parish Ministry
03. Fr. Marattil Sales - Parish Ministry
04. Fr. Parambil Xavier - Parish Ministry
05. Fr. Parampilthadathil George - Superior & Parish Priest
06. Fr. Pullomparambil Thomas - Asst. Parish Priest
07. Fr. Puthussery Joseph - Parish Ministry
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The Vincentian House Pfreimd in Germany is established in the year 1995. It was a Franciscan Kloster (Ashram) started in 1561. They had a well-established Kloster with more than 40 members staying and having lot of activities for long years. Before the arrival of Vincentians here they were also the Spiritual care takers of the Parish for a good period of time. Due to lack of active members they have decided to leave the Parish and the 500 years old Kloster in 1995. They have divided the whole property of the Kloster and freely given to the State ‘Bayern’ and to the Home town ‘Pfreimd’.
During the time the Diocese of Regensburg having the request from the St. Thomas Province for a Religious house establishment and seeing the wonderful service of Fr. Michael Kareekunnel who was already in diocese working as Parish Priest in Mockersdorf, invited the Province to take over the Pfreimd Parish for the period contracted for 35 years. Then the Provincial Superior of the Province and the present Bp. Emeritus of Satna Diocese Mathew Vaniyakizhackal accepted the invitation and appointed Fr. Michael as the First House Superior. The Diocese handed over the Parish to the Province and appointed Fr. Michael as the ‘Stadtpfarrer’ and Fr. Sebastian Moolechalil as the ‘Pfarrvikar’ of the Parish Church.
The Ashram was renovated by the state together with the Diocese and one Floor of the main building was given to Vincentians for a minimal rent. The rest of the huge building is rented and used as the Kinder Garten, Parish Office, and Parish Hall by the Parish. Since 22 years the Vincentians are serving the town Parish with a number of 4000 Catholics. The work of the Indian Missionaries is well accepted and appreciated by the Diocese and the people here. The People are very thankful to the Vincentian Priests for their committed service in the parish.