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Santhwana
Valiathura
Kerala

Personnel
Fr. Alexander Kureekattil
Fr. Sebastian Ponnattil
Fr. Thomas Manamel
Stu. Joseph Kuzhipalayil
 
Santhwana, a Claretian residence in the diocese of Trivandram got established in the year 1998. This is a property donated to the Claretian Congregation by Mr. Antony Joseph on the condition of using the property for social/religious activities. Fr. Alexander Kureekattil, then State Director of Jesus Fraternity, was instrumental in making contacts with Mr. Antony and getting the property for the Congregation.
 

Claretians responded positively to the invitation of Bishop Soosai Pakiam of Trivandrum diocese to take care of St Xavier?s Church Valiathura. In year 1998, the parish was entrusted to the Claretians and Fr. James Nadackal was appointed as the Parish Priest Valiathura parish is located at the Arabian Sea coast having a personal jurisdiction over the Nadar Christians of the locality. The Nadar community is basically involved in fishing.
Besides the pastoral care of the Nadar community and the parish we are involved in several social and economic activities here. In collaboration with government, and non-government organizations and other funding agencies we have provided housing for many. Many young children are helped in their education.Since March 2004 Fr. Alexander Kureekattil is the parish priest and he is actively involved in the eradication of the social evil of alcoholism. A monthly retreat program is organized for alcoholics and drug addicts since 2004.
 
Sadhana Renewal Centre, Monvila

Mission

Pastoral Care -St Xavier's Church, Valiathura
Sadhana Renewal Centre, Monvila
Preaching ministry
Village development program
Non-formal education
Ministry among the fisher flock
Family apostolate
Retreat and rehabilitation program for alcoholics
Social awareness campaigns and healthcare program

 





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