Vincentian Congregation

The Vincentian Congregation is a clerical society in the Syro-Malabar Church with its Generalate at Edappally in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. It comes under the category of the Societies of Common Life according to the manner of religious. It is of Pontifical right. The congrega¬tion was founded on 20 November 1904 as a Koventha at Thottakom by Fr. Varkey Kattarath, Vicar of Vaikom, with three diocesan priests, namely Frs. Joseph Kariapurayidam, Mani Paramkulangara and Kusumos Kattezhath, with the approval of Mar Louis Pazheparampil, the first Vicar Apostolic of Er¬nakulam (1896-1919), based on the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul, on the model of the Congregation of the Mission, founded by him in 1625. As the members of the Koventha were asked now and then by the bishop to do pastoral work in different parishes for long, inspite of his formal instruction on 2 August 1912 to Fr. Varkey Kattarath to take steps for a proper commu¬nity life as per the Common Rules of the Congregation of the Mission, all of them left Thottakom by 1915 for various reasons with the permission of the bishop who invited them to his diocese for starting the Koventha.

After some years Rev. Frs. George Mannara, Antony Pauvathil and George Vattamkandathil expressed their desire to lead a religious life to Mar Au¬gustine Kandathil, the then Archbishop of Ernakulam who directed them to revive the religious community once founded at Thottakom. Accordingly they revived it and began the community life at Thottakom on 19 July 1927. Fr. Varkey Kattarath joined them at Thottakom in October 1927. With the permission of the Archbishop he took the first vows on 20 July 1929 and perpetual vows on 19 July 1931, before his death on 24 October 1931. The Koventha at Thottakom was officially called the Vincentian Congregation in 1938 before the pioneer fathers took the first vows.

The Congregation draws its spirit and distinctive character from the life and works, and the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul who is chosen as the Father and Patron of the Vincentian Congregation. The Congregation has taken as its motto, “He has sent me to proclaim the Good News to the poor” (Lk.4:18), which inspired St. Vincent de Paul. The specific and pre-eminent purpose of the Congregation is the evangelization of the poor, especially the more abandoned. It is realized in the Popular Mission retreats, preaching ministry, missionary works and through charitable, social and educational apostolate. The Vincentian Congregation was raised to the status of ‘pon¬tifical right’ on 11 February 1968. The Apostolic Exarchate of Satna of the Syro Malabar Rite was erected on 29 July 1968 and was entrusted to the Vincentian Congregation. The Exarchate was raised to the rank of an Epar¬chy (diocese) on 26 February 1977.

Another milestone in the history of the Congregation was the erection of St. Thomas dependent region on 28 February 1980 for the Hindi speaking area. The Congregation was divided into two dependent regions in Kera¬ la in 1988. On 1 January 1990 the dependent regions of Marymatha and St. Joseph were raised to provinces and the St. Thomas region to a vice-province. Eventually, this vice-province also was raised to a province. St. Thomas Province extended its mission works to the diocese of Meerut in U.P. in 1989. Soon more houses and activities began in U.P. and a Mission Superior was appointed for the U.P. Mission. Now 14 fathers are doing min¬istry in this mission.

In 1991, Kalyan diocese entrusted the civil district of Ahmednagar in Maha¬rashtra with the Marymatha Province for intensive and extensive evangeli¬zation with territorial jurisdiction. The mission was formally inaugurated by Mar Paul Chittilappilly, the then Bishop of Kalyan diocese on September 11, 1991. The mission is called St. Paul Mission and at present 14 fathers are working here.

The mission works in Andhra Pradesh begun in 1978 at Bhimadole in the diocese of Eluru were extended to other dioceses of Rayalaseema area in 1988. The mission works in Andhra Pradesh were organized under a mis¬sion superior from 1998. This mission was declared a dependent region under Marymatha Province called Good Shepherd Region on 6 January 2006, and was officially inaugurated on 24th of the same month. At present, there are 36 fathers working in this region.

The mission works in East Africa begun with the arrival of Rev. Frs. James Edavazhithara and Jacob Athickal in Mbeya, Tanzania on 10 July 1979 were accelerated with the arrival of Rev. Fr. Joseph Kurupamparambil. The Af-rican Mission has been raised to the status of a dependent region under Marymatha Province called Sacred Heart Region on 6 January 2006 and was formally inaugurated on 18 November 2006. At present there are 26 fa¬thers working in this region in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The first mission started outside Kerala in 1962 at Adaikalapuram at the invitation of Rt. Rev. V.S. Selvanather, Bishop of Salem and with the blessing and approval of the Oriental Congregation gradually spread to other parts of the state of Tamilnadu and the neighboring states of Karnataka and Goa. For the effective co-ordination and development of the mission centres in these states, they were organized under a Mission Superior on 19 March 2003. This mission was raised to the status of a dependant region under St. Joseph Province and named St. Xavier’s Region on 1 May 2007. Now 28 fathers are doing ministry in this region.

Rev. Fr. George Mannara, Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel, Rev. Fr. Jacob Kal¬larackal, Rev. Fr. George Kammattil, Rev. Fr. George Manalel , Rev. Fr. Paul Kariamadam, Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal, Rev. Fr. George Arackal and Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery served as Superiors General of the Congregation for different periods of time. At present the Congregation is led by Rev. Fr. Var¬ghese Parappuram, elected Superior General on 21 April 2009.

General Administration

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

Superior General

 

Fr. Sebastian Thundathikunnel

General Administration, Recruitment, Formation, Community Life & Auditing

Councilors

 

Fr. Michael Kareekunnel

Asst. Superior General, Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work

Fr. Antony Chakkungal

Mission, Social and Charitable Works

Fr. Alex Chalangady

Education and Media

Fr. Antony Moonnupeedikackal

Finance and Construction

Secretary General

 

Fr. Alex Chalangady

 

Address

 

Vincentian Generalate, De Paul Nagar, P.B. No. 2250, Edappally, Kochi, 682 024, Kerala, India.

Tel: 0484 2540503, 2550571 (Superior General)
E mail: vcgeneral@gmail.com
URL: www.vincentiancongregation.org

Internal Auditor of Accounts

Fr. Sebastian Nediyani

Secretary to the Superior General

Fr. Motilal Veshnal

Marymatha Province

MARYMATHA PROVINCE

Provincial Superior

 

Fr. James Kallumkal

 

(Provincial Administration, Recruitment, Formation, Community Life & Auditing)

Councilors

 

Fr. James Chelapurath

Asst. Provincial Superior & Education and Media

Fr. Paul Parekkattil

Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work

Fr. Francis Naduviledath

Mission, Social and Charitable Works

Fr. James Kokkandathil

Finance and Construction

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Paul Parekkattil

Address

 

Marymatha Provincial House, P.B. No. 1, Angamaly South, 683 573, Kerala, India.

Tel: 0484 2452336, 2457890 (Provincial), 2453547 (Fax)

E-mail: marymathavc@gmail.com URL : www.vincentians.in

Consultative Body

 

Dept. of Formation

Frs. Rafy Vezhaparambil & John Palaparambil

Dept. of Retreats & Pastoral Work

Frs. Antony Payyappilly &

 

Varghese Kottaparambil

Dept. of Social Work & Mission

Frs. Martin Palatty & Varghese Perinchery

Dept. of Education & Media

Frs. Joseph Punnassery &

 

Mathew Thekkekulam

Dept. of Finance & Construction

Frs. Jose Pazheveettil & George Puthuparambil

Directors of Popular Mission

Fr. Varghese Kottaparambil (Kerala),

 

Fr. Kulathumkarottu George (AP),

 

Fr. Varghese Kalloorkkattu (East Africa) &

 

Fr. Thomas Thekkekara (St. Paul Mission)

Internal Auditor of Accounts

Fr. Sebastian Nediyani

Director of Social Works

Fr. Varghese Perinchery

Coordinator of Regency

Fr. George Pottayil

Legal Cell of the Province:

Frs. George Manalel, Antony Plackal &

 

Philip Thayil

Secretary to the Provincial Superior

Fr. Kuriakose Onattu

St. Joseph Province

ST. JOSEPH PROVINCE

Provincial Superior

 

Fr. Mathew Kakkattupillil
(Provincial Administration, Recruitment, Formation, Community Life & Auditing)

Councilors

 

Fr. Augustine Mundeckattu

Asst. Provincial Superior & Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work

Fr. Cyriac Kodamullil

Mission, Social and Charitable Works

Fr. Benedict Kuruppamtharamukalel

Education and Media

Fr. Innocent Puthentharayil

Finance and Construction

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Benedict Kuruppamtharamukalel

Address

 

Vincentian Provincial House, S.H. Mount P.O., Kottayam, 686 006, Kerala, India

Tel: 0481 2563559, 6532825, E-mail URL: www.vincentianssjp.com

vincentiansjp @ gmail.com

Consultative Body

 

Dept. of Formation

Frs. George Arackal (Sr.) & Abraham Neeruvelil

Dept. of Retreats & Pastoral Work

Frs. Varghese Kulathur & Raphael Kuthoor

Dept. of Social Work & Mission

Frs. Joseph Kizhakkethottam & Alex Valliamthadam

Dept. of Education & Media

Frs. Thomas Mangalath & Sebastian Painapillil

Dept. of Finance & Construction

Frs. Samuel Kanathukadu & John Punnolil

Directors of Popular Mission

Fr. Vattamthottiyil Mathew (Kerala) Fr. William John Bosco (T.N.)

Internal Auditor of Accounts

Fr. Joseph Moolecherry

Coordinator of Regency

Fr. Varghese Chiraparamban

Legal Cell of the Province

Frs. Thekkemury Thomas, Vazhakkoottathil Antony & Vattamthottiyil Mathew

Secretary to the Provincial Superior

Fr. Jose Koshackal

ST. THOMAS PROVINCE

ST. THOMAS PROVINCE

Provincial Superior

 

Fr. Varghese Puthussery

Provincial Administration, Recruitment, Formation, Community Life & Auditing

Councilors

 

Fr. Joseph (Joby) Kallungal

Asst. Provincial Superior, Mission, Social and Charitable Works

Fr. Augustine Puthiyedath

Popular Mission, Retreats and Pastoral Work

Fr. Varghese (Joshy) Kottackal

Education and Media

Fr. Sebastian Kallath

Finance and Construction

Provincial Secretary

 

Fr. Varghese (Joshy) Kottackal

 

Address

 

St. Thomas Provincial House, Ujwa P.O., 110 073, New Delhi, India.
E-mail: stvcdelhi@gmail.com
URL: www.vincentianssanthome.in

Consultative Body

 

Dept. of Formation

Fr. Sebastian Nechimyalil
Fr. Augustine Parathanam

Dept. of Retreats & Pastoral Work

Fr. Thomas Emprayil (Jr.)
Fr. Joseph Palatty

Dept. of Social Work & Mission

Fr. Varghese Naickomparampil Fr. Joseph Pozhaliparamban

Dept. of Education & Media

Fr. George Jose Vempilly
Fr. Charles Kurrisseril

Dept. of Finance & Construction

Fr. Varghese Parayil
Fr. Joseph Thonakkara

Director of Popular Mission

Fr. Joseph Palatty

Director of Social Work

Fr. Varghese Naickomparampil

Coordinator of Regency

Fr. Joseph Muthirakalayil

Internal Auditor of Accounts

Fr. John Paul Thottungal

Legal Cell of the Province:

Fr. Sebastian Kallath
Fr. Augustine Parathanam
Fr. Joseph Orikalayil

Secretary to the Provincial Superior

Fr. George Muppathiyil

Regional Administration

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION

01. GOOD SHEPHERD REGION [MM]

Regional Superior

 

Fr. John Puthussery

 

Councilors

 

Fr. Bernard Kallidukkananickal

Vicar

Fr. Martin Kalamparambil

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Ashram, Chinna Avutapalli, Krishna Dt., 521286, A.P., India.

Tel: 08676 257229, 257224 (Office)

E mail: goodshepherdvc@gmail.com

02. SACRED HEART REGION [MM]

Regional Superior

 

Fr. Joseph Pattath

 

Councilors

 

Fr. George Moonjely

Vicar

Fr. Antony Vadakkemury

Secretary

Address

 

Vincentian Fathers, P.O. Box 25158 -

00603, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya,

East Africa.

 

Tel: 00254 726822406

E mail: shregion@gmail.com

URL: www.vphnairobi.org

 

03. ST. XAVIER'S REGION [SJ]

Regional Superior

 

Fr. Sebastian Padinjarekuttu

 

Councilors

 

Fr. Saji Vargheese Choorapuzha

Vicar

Fr. Joseph Kizhakkethottam

Secretary

Address
Vincentian House, Logos Nagar, 29 Mallappa Layout, Horamavu P.O.,
Babusahibpalaya, Bengaluru, 560113, Karnataka, India.
Tel: 080 25603252, 25603748       
E mail: vcxavierregion@yahoo.co.in
 

Mission Administration

MISSION ADMINISTRATION

01. ST. PAUL MISSION [MM]

 

Mission Superior
Fr. Joseph Srambical

 

Councilors

Fr. Joseph Thekkel                                              

Vicar

Fr. Jacob Ethakkattu

Secretary

Address
Vincentian Mission House, De Paul Nagar, Link Road, Kedgaon, Ahmednagar, 414005, Maharashtra, India.
Tel: 0241 2551241
E-mail: stpaulmissionvc@gmail.com

 

02. CHRISTU JYOTHI MISSION - U.P. [ST]

 

Mission Superior
Fr. Pulakudichirakandathil Raymond

 

Councilors

 

Fr. Pozhaliparamban Joseph
Fr. Valakkamattam Thomas                               

Vicar
Secretary

Address
Vincentian Ashram, R.N. Sahaspur, Chandausi Road, Bilari, Moradabad
202415, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Tel:05921 271182