Vincentian Ashram Rewa
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||Vincentian Ashram, Padra, Rewa, 486 001, Madhya Pradesh, India.|
01. Fr. Parathanam Augustine - Provincial Councilor; Provincial Secretary & Superior V.H.
02. Fr. Pynadath Thomas - Member
03. Bro. Kummanathil Thomas - Regent
01. De Paul Boys Town (1977) - Tel: 0091 964499101
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The history of the Vincentian Ashram, Rewa is intertwined with the Apostolic Exarchate of Satna, which was erected by the Papal Bull In More dated July 29, 1968. The Holy See bifurcated the Jabalpur diocese and entrusted six civil Districts of Satna, Rewa, Sidhi, Panna, Chhatrapur and Tickagarh to the Vincentian Congregation and Rev. Dr. Abraham D. Mattam VC was appointed as the first Apostolic Exarch. Dr. Mattam came to Rewa which was the only parish with a resident priest, in the whole area of these six districts.
Since 30 April 1968, Fr. James Edavazhithara had been assistant at Rewa parish and he became the priest-in-charge on 5 October 1968. Rev. Dr. Mattam reached Rewa with Rev. Frs. John Rathappilly and Augustine Vallooran (Sr) on 28 October 1968 and took charge of the mission. All the Vincentians in the Exarchate were at first enrolled as the members of the Vincentian Ashram, Durg, in the prefecture of Raipur. An Ashram was temporarily erected on 31 July 1969 at Jyothi Bhavan, 229/2 Civil Lines, Rewa and Fr. James Edavazhithara was appointed the first Superior.
A piece of land measuring around four acres in the village, Padra on the side of Rewa-Satna road (NH-7) was purchased on 31 July 1971. It is just three km away from the Collectorate in Rewa and the Bus Stand, in the direction of Satna. On March 25, 1972, the feast day of Annunciation, the foundation stone for the new Ashram building was blessed and laid by Rt. Rev. A. D. Mattam. Within a short period of eleven months, the long cherished dream was fulfilled. The inauguration and blessing of the ground floor of the Ashram building took place on February 22, 1973 by Rt. Rev. A.D. Mattam in the presence of many priests, religious and faithful. Rt. Rev. A.D. Mattam laid the foundation stone for the Orphanage (Boys’ Town) on September 3, 1975 and it was inaugurated on March 1, 1977 in the presence of Very Rev. Fr. George Kammattil, the then Superior General of the Congregation. The newly built Church was blessed on October 23, 1978.
As a milestone in the history of the Congregation, the first dependant region of the Congregation was erected on 28 February 1980 for the Hindi speaking area and was named as St. Thomas region. Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanatt was elected as the first Regional Superior. A long cherished dream of having a minor seminary was fulfilled on July 3, 1980. Rev. Fr. Thomas Emprayil (Sr.) was appointed the first rector. Mar A.D. Mattam blessed the seminary, starting with six seminarians and one candidate for brotherhood. A plot of land was registered for the seminary on October 20, 1980, at the village of Maidani, on the Bankuya road about seven kms. away from Rewa. The blessing of the foundation stone for the new seminary building was done by Very Rev. Fr. George Kammattil, the Superior General, in the presence of Mar A.D. Mattam, on March 10, 1981. Inauguration and blessing of St. Thomas Regional Minor Seminary building was held on August 15, 1982.
On January1, 1990, St. Thomas region was raised to Vice-Province and Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu was elected the first Provincial on April 4, 1990. On January 21, 1993 the first floor of the provincial house was blessed by Very Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal, the then Superior General. In 2001, St. Thomas Vice Province was raised to a Province. Rewa Ashram served as the head quarters of the St. Thomas Province till the blessing of the Provincial House of St. Thomas Province at Ujwa, Delhi on September 8, 2016. The decision to shift the Provincial House from Rewa to Delhi was taken in the Provincial Synaxis of 2013.
Later Rev. Frs. Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, Varghese Naickomparambil, Mathew Vattakuzhy and Mathew Pothalil served as the Provincial superiors of St. Thomas province for different periods of time. At present the Province is led by Rev. Fr. John Kandathinkara, elected Provincial Superior on 5 May 2009.