Category: Coimbatore

St. Michael’s Cathedral, Town Hall, Coimbatore.

St. Michael’s Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Coimbatore that stands tall as a major landmark in faith and worship. The Cathedral is placed in the centre of the city of Coimbatore and the campus has the magnificent old church and the venue that is vast enough to accommodate a huge gathering.

People of all faith enter into the campus experiencing the presence of God especially with a visit to the adoration chapel that is open throughout the day. It is a place that soothes the soul and the body and people seeking silence, solace and joy visit frequently and experience God in a unique way.

The worshipping community at the Cathedral is a vibrant one from all over the city of Coimbatore as they see and experience it as the mother church of all the other churches and the elegant church attracts the people for fuller participation in the liturgy. The Bishop of Coimbatore who is residing adjacent to the church is the head of the church and there are good many priests celebrating Holy Mass and other sacraments at regular intervals. The parish community is very traditional, but vibrant and open to changes that strengthen their faith and practice faith in multiple ways so as to have varieties of celebrations!
History:
The history of the Diocese and the Cathedral has its natural link and it would be interesting to know both to have a comprehensive knowledge about the Cathedral Parish. As Lumen Gentium 2 (Dogmatic Constitution of the church) rightly says, “The nature of the Church is to be missionary” so faithful had been our diocese to this statement of 2nd Vat council. Revisiting again the road, which we travelled centuries back, it brings pleasure and sweet memories to cherish. We will be failing in our duty, if we do not mention about our former bishops and priests who sowed the seeds of faith amidst the severe trials and tribulations. In the 16th & 17th centuries, Coimbatore and its surroundings were belonging to the Madurai mission.

Early in 1650, Christianity started to sprout in Coimbatore and a small chapel was built in the name of St Francis Xavier. A Jesuit priest called Rev Fr Garrie who was staying in Karumathampatty was meeting the spiritual needs of Christians in Coimbatore.

From 1656 and till 1773, Jesuits were doing the missionary work here, but due to the suppression of the Jesuit order, Coimbatore was handed over to the missionaries of Paris in 1775. As a sign of God’s blessings, from the seminary of Pondicherry Archdiocese, the first Indian priests, Rev Frs Thomas and Philip were ordained in 1778.

But in 1784, to test our faith, during the reign of Tippu Sultan priests were sacked, churches were demolished and the faithful of Coimbatore were persecuted. But the growth afterwards disproved the efforts of Tippu Sultan.

On 3rd April 1845, Karumathampatty came to be the Headquarters of Coimbatore diocese. Coimbatore which had been the part of Pondicherry Archdiocese so far, was separated and given an identity in Karumathampatty from October 4, 1846. Most Rev. Dr. Marion Bresillac was consecrated as the first bishop of Coimbatore. In remembrance of his patron saint he dedicated the diocese and it’s Cathedral to St. Michael. He also Planned to construct the Cathedral as the replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. When the design was planned accordingly, he laid the foundation stone for the cathedral in 1850 in Coimbatore. The Construction of the cathedral took 17 years and it was successfully completed with the help of “Propaganda Fide”, which offered 50,000 franks and it was blessed by Most Rev. Dr. Depomier, the third bishop of Coimbatore on April 28,1867.

When the Coimbatore diocese was still an infant in 1846, there were no Indian priests, no institution and no establishments. The diocese had only four foreign missionary priests namely, Rev. Frs Methrol, Goosth, Bacro and Logie who found it very tiresometo visit the Catholics and administer sacraments to them, for they had to travel long distances St. Anthony’s Shrine without proper conveyance.

In 1847, Fr Bacro purchased a small house surrounded by the tobacco fields for Rs. 4000 where one will find today the Bishop’s House, St. Michael’s School, St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Jeeva Jothi Ashram, I.C.C. Hospital, I.C. Convent, Presentation Convent Generalate, St. Joseph’s Industrial School and Swamiar New Street in Fort, Coimbatore.

In 1870, Most Rev. Dr. Gladius Maria Depomier participated in the First Vatican Council. Those were the days, when the diocese swept in a poor monetary state and administering the diocese was very difficult. The Bishop passed away in 1873 at Nagapattinam on his way to France and his body was brought back to Coimbatore and was buried in the cathedral.

The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Bardou succeeded as the next bishop of Coimbatore form Aug. 23, 1874. When a severe drought swept Coimbatore between 1876 – ’78 he helped the people to a great extent by erecting porridge containers. He celebrated his episcopal silver jubilee in 1899, and passed away on Feb. 7, 1903.

Rev. Fr Dennis Peyramal, the parish priest of Coonoor was appointed the bishop of Coimbatore, but he died on Aug. 8, 1903 before his episcopal consecration. Hence till the next bishop arrived V. Rev. Fr Noel Rondy took charge of the diocese as an Administrator. He was also the Coimbatore Municipal Councilor for 23 years and was the first Municipal Chairman of Coimbatore.

Then the Most. Rev. Dr. Augustine Roy was consecrated the bishop of Coimbatore on Feb. 12, 1904. He founded the diocesan congregation of Brothers of St. Michael which does a wonderful service of both in and outside the diocese. But he resigned his office on Jan. 12,1931, and died on Dec. 12, 1937 in Wellington. His mortal remains were brought to Coimbatore and were buried in the Cathedral.

Most. Rev. Dr. Louis Tournies became the next bishop on Apr. 13, 1932. He also resigned from the office due to sickness and died on May 18, 1938.

Rev. Fr Beshu MEP became the administrator from 1938 to 1940. He died in Wellington in 1966 and was buried in the Sanatorium.

A new beginning dawned to the diocese when Most. Rev. Dr. Ubagarqsamy of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry became the Bishop of Coimbatore. He was the first Indian Bishop to be appointed in Coimbatore. He founded the Workers association and arranged Sundays be declared as government holidays to all the mills. He encouraged the presentation Sisters to take up the medical work and founded many schools and hospitals in the diocese.

The diocese started to see a new dimension, when Most. Rev. Dr. Francis M. Savari Muthu, the native of Coimbatore was consecrated as the bishop of Coimbatore on Apr. 26, 1950. The Bishop participated in the 2nd Vatican Council.
In 1947, in remembrance of the diocesan centenary celebration, the grotto of the Sacred Heart was built on the western side of the cathedral. In 1962 the present cathedral took its form with the extension on both eastern and western sides. A grotto of Our Lady of Sorrows on the western side and a grotto of the Sacred Heart were built in the eastern side of the altar. He erected many new parishes in the diocese and in compliance with his will, he was buried in the front of the Sacred Heart altar after his death in 1971.

Next came the Most. Rev. Dr. C. M. Visuvasam from Madurai Archdiocese as the Bishop of Coimbatore on May 3, 1972. As a man of action and vision, in his period was laid the foundation stone for Jeeva Jothi Ashram, which stands as the pride of our diocese. He encouraged and helped the Presentation Sisters and the Brothers of St. Michael to stand on their own legs. He died in Belgium on Feb. 2, 1979. His body was brought back to India and buried in the cathedral.

In 1980, the new age of growth commenced in the diocese through Most. Rev. Dr. M. Ambrose, the former Bishop of Coimbatore. As a son of the soil, belonging to the cathedral parish, he stood as the longest reigning bishop. The portico of the cathedral was constructed and blessed on Jan. 26, 1997 as a Memorial of his Episcopal silver Jubilee and of the 150th year jubilee of the cathedral. The two huge pillars, in front of the front door, were removed, utilizing modern technology, and the height of the two side-doors, were raised up, and the large platform in front, was built up with a permanent concrete roofing and new facade for the Cathedral which was considered once (even ridiculed) as too large for the Sunday crowd of maximum 200-300, up to the beginning of the 20th century, had become too small even for ordinary Masses! The flooring of the platform also was paved with marble slabs and fitted with powerful electric lights! The parishioners contributed generously.

Rev. Fr.Pappu constructed a new, spacious Parish Hall in the place of the Rondy Hall and was blessed and opened by Bishop Thomas Acquinas in the year 2004. Adoration Chapel was another mile stone that was built in the place where the Grotto of Sacred Heart of Jesus was there and it was initiated by Fr. Albert Nelson and was completed by Fr. Melchior in the year 2009. The ancient cathedral is now 165 years old and it has its own limitations and needs renovation and a study on renovation and extension of it is being studied!

Mass Timings:
Sundays: 5.15 am; 6.30am; 8.00am; 5.30pm
Weekdays: 6.15am; 6.30pm
Every Monday: Mass at the Cemetery at 6.30 pm
Families : 700
Catholics : 4000 

Parochial Feast: St. Michael the Arch Angel 
2nd Sunday of May
Immaculate Conception of Mary
8th December

For more information please visit: http://www.stmichaelscathedral.in/


St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Saveriarpalayam, Coimbatore.

Most probably the Christianity of Saveriarpalayam is the oldest, in our Diocese (and of old Sathyamangalam Mission of the Jesuits), therefore long before the Karumathampatty Christianity! Once again it is Fr. Luney PME, who is the first source. His historical publication cannot be taken lightly, since he had personally taken the trouble to visit the places he writes about, traveling by bullock -carts, horse-back and by palanquins (if available) during the closing years of the 19th Century (Cfr: Fr. H. Hosten S.J. : Antiquities from Santhome and Mylapore p. 437). He seems to have personally visited the places, seen things for himself and gathered information from the locals about the oral traditions and had used his judgments and comments, with an historian’s point of view. So we cannot simply white – wash his statements about the mysterious event of the construction of Amman Tank of Piliakulam and the remonstration by the people of Saveriarpalayam in 1432, though it raises more questions than answers!

The name of this village, 3 K.M. east of Coimbatore, itself has 2 forms: In the secular history, it is called “SOWRI PALAYAM”, while in Catholic circles, it has always been called as ‘(X) SAVERIARPALAYAM’. “Sown”, usually means the “Wig” for ladies, especially the additional tresses of hair attached to the real hair at the top of the neck! But there is no historical evidence that such a manufacturing of hair-bundles here; But, “Sown” is also the corrupt and abbreviation of “Saveri”, as Sowrimuthu, Sowriappan Etc. So, both forms mean the same name of “Saveri” only and hence of its Christian origin. There are atleast 2 more Saveniarpalayarns in our mission, one near Mettur, Saveriarpaiayam (an ancient parish on a hill, that could be reached only on horse back and not to get mixed up with “Saveniarpalayarn” o Coimbatore. That Saveniyarpalayam as the prefix ‘ Kannamuchi’. The thixd place of this category in the one in Paighat District near Kozhijamparai, of Kerala; The Kerela Saveriarpalyam to avoid confusion is also called as “Palaniarpalayam” (from a house-maid with that name who became a Catholic, and is buried there). But, the problem to connect the origin of name of this village to St. Francis Xavier, runs into an insurrmountable barrier, namely, that St. Francis Xavier set foot on Indian soil only in 1542 and died in 1552 and canonized only in 1666! So, how can this village could have been, named after him? The only rational solution seems to assume that this village, ori;inally was called Sowripalayam (Sown -Wig + Palayam a village, created by destroying the forest and made habitable) and later, under the domination of the Catholic majority, came to be called S(X)averiarpalaym!

It will be an interesting historical information for many, though Saveriarpalayam has no explicit mentioning by name before 1803, it must have been one of the 15 main Central Churches, surrounded by other Christian Villages in 1655, mentioned as being within 2 days journey (Cfr. C.S.M. Op. cit p. 26) or scattered over a stretch of 25 leagues (Ibid p. 64), again as one of the 23 churches with 130 villages, in 1666, and Fr. Andre Freire, the superior writes in 1666, about the Christians of these villages and hence, we can rightly assume the same for Saveriarpalayam Christians. “One has often spoken with eulogium of the fervour of these neophytes, of their innocence of their assiduity at spiritual exercises and their tender devotion to the Holy souls of Purgatory. All these eulogies are no exaggerations and God Himself often takes pleasure in justifying them through the favours by which He rewards the faith of His dear children (Ibid p. 84).

Hence the ancient custom of this village (and also other ancient Christian villages of equal antiquity like Somanur, Manianallur, Palapalayam, etc) of the whole village going in a procession, reciting the Rosary to the Cemetery on Monday evenings, is of this early Jesuit era. It was such a striking special devotional practice that it could be the yard-stick to evaluate thc antiquity (Jesuit) of the Christian Villages of our Diocese.

Perhaps, the Christians of this parish, were more fortunate or, less, if you look at persecutions as blessing) in that they would :ertainly had to face various types of persecutions (since it seems be a fully Catholic village from its beginning, the non-Christian Dopulation forming separate villages, though surrounding it from ill sides), such as caste ostracization, yogis (Veera saiva, Vokagliga Sanyasis) persecution etc, which were so prevalent and persistent n the first Christian villages around Sathy! Besides the repercussions of the incessant war between Mysore and Madura, on these Christians who had to flee to the forests and mountains so often, would have least affected Coimbatore and surrounding Christianity, as they were out-of-the way of those invasions until Ryder and Tippu came on the scene (1765 -1799), when Coimbatore and the surroundings became the main theatre of battles between the Sultans and the British, when the Christians had to pay-so to speak- with interest for the long years of comparative peace , as we have already noted above, when they were carried off to Sriranga Pattinam, the Capital of Tippu in 1787!

From 1650 atleast, till 1799, Saveriarpalayam, along with Karumathapatty, Kannampalayam, C oimbatore (N.H. Road) were the Sub-stations of Kanuvavakkarai (Sathy) Residence (=Parish). Fr. Martinez (1644-1656) and his successor Arcoline (1653-1671), Fr. Amadio (1674-1678), Fr. Benedict de Naguera (1679 -1685), Fr. Emmanuel Correa (1671) Fr. Paiva (1686 – ) Fr. Manual Carvahlo (1691- ), Fr. Rainerio Conscitti (1724- ), Fr. Louis de Rocha (1733 – ), Fr. Angello de Franchessi (1743 – 1744 – ), Fr. Vieyra (1740-44 – 2 ), Fr.Arnolt (1740-44- .?..), Fr. Mucchi (1742-44..?..), Fr. Pietro Licchetta (Rayandunathar): (1760 1790) and Fr. Francesco Xaverio Pavone (Amurthanathar): (1760 11.07.1799) were the historically verifiable Parish Priests (they were not known as such in those days, but as Resident Priests) all Jesuits, of Madura and then of Mysore Jesuit Provinces. Not oniy Saveriarpalayam, but all the ancient Christian Villages of those days were substations of Kannuvakkarai (Sathy) Residence. Saveriarpalayam was the de-facto main centre for this area This situation continued upto 1850, when Coimbatore was made a separate parish, detached From Karumathampatty. Incidentally Karumathampatty had ecome a separate Residence (‘Parish) by 1683, as by then, Kannuvakaraibecame extinct. So, from about 1683, till l8SOwhen the first Vicar Apostolic, Bishop de Bresillac (1846 1853) transferred his head-quarters to Coimbatore, Saveriarpalayam was the main centre for Coimbatore Area. Though Kannampalayam had a larger Christian population than Saveriarpalayarn (according to the first Diocesan Statistics of 1855 Kannampalayam with Pudampally had 500 Christians and a church, while Saveriarpalayam had only 250 Catholics), Saveriarpalayam was the de-facto main centre, as it had not only a church, but also a house for the priest to stay. Ofcourse Coimbatore town had 150 Catholics then, but had neither a church (Mattakara Street chapel was for the Adi Dravidas) nor a presbytery, and Puliakulam had 300 Catholics with a Chapel (new church was under construction) but had no presbytery and they were Adi Dravidas! Owing to the diabolical caste-system from the time of Fr. De Nobili (and in our case, the first missionaries of Sathy Mission being Brahmin Sanyasis). The French Missionaries could not but follow it! Bu the pathetic condition of the one presbytery at Saveriarpalayam was such that it had no chairs, tables etc, and the visiting Priest had to sleep on wooden Planks! (and the church cannot contain one fourth of the people who came for Sunday Mass) (Cfr. Luney op. cit. Vol. II, p. 305). And yet this humble presbytery had served the French Missionaries from Karumathampatty from 1803 upto 1846, till the land, with a house, was bought at Coimbatore (the present Bishop’s House and Cathedral). Thus the humble presbytery at Saveriyarpalayam must have been the actual Parish Centre and the Residence of Coimbatore, the name o ‘Coimbatore’ being for name sake!

Fr. Dubois, under the Supervision of Fr. Aloysius (Gnanapragasanather, one of the first Indian Priest of Pondicherry Seminary) built churches at Kannampalayam and Puthampally, the substation of Saveriarpalayam, perhaps since they had more Catholics than Saveriarpalayam itself, but made arrangements to build a new church at Saveriarpalayam through the generousisty of a local Catholic Mr. Savari Muthu in 1 805. It must have been blessed by Fr. Dubois! Since he was recalled to Pondicherry and then to France, the whole of Sathyamangalarn Mission (hence Karurnathampatty Resisdence) was left shepherd less. It is at this period four Canerine Priests (Secular Priests of Goa) sneaked into our mission, as if they had the jurisdiction. Since the Catholics had no priest to cater to their spiritual needs, they must have welcomed them, ignorant, as they must have been, about all canonical nicieties, after 181 8, when the last of the 4 Indian priests, who had accompanied Fr. Dubois, Fr. Germanus (Ordained in 1794 at Pondicherry) died at Kodiveri, from where he must have looked after Karumathampatty Residence also. After his death another Pondicherry Indian Priest, Fr. Hilary who came to work at Karumathampatty, died there in 1820.

From 1 820 1 836, was the ‘Dark Age’ for the ancient Christianity of Coimbatore. The Canarine Priests, Fr. Bechu had noted down the names of four of them, were Fr. Pascal de Cruz, Fr. Yagappan, Fr. Stephen and Fr. Garcia) (Cfr. Bechu: Op. cit. p. 32) because of their uncouth manners, least consideration for the culture of the local Christians, their money – mindedness, and luxurious way of life, replicating the loose manner of living, prevalent in Goa where they were trained, succeeded only in estranging the Catholics. Hence the Caholics of Karumathampatty Residence sent a petition of Mgr. Herbert, Vicar Apostolic of Pondicherry (1 810 1 836) under whose jurisdiction Coimbatore came, in 1 820, requesting him to send a Priest to look after them. Because of the shortage of Priests to look after the whole Coromandal Coast Mission, (practically the whole of Tamilnadu, upto Cape Cornrine (Kanyakumari, Mysore and Andhra) he could not spare any hands. However, in 1836, Fr. Bouchaton, then Fr. jarrige and Fr. Arulandu (an Indian Priest) came, but had to go back almost immediately, as the British Government was insisting on Visas to enter and stay in their territories. Finally Fr. Goust and Fr. Pacreau, were allowed to stay at Karumathampatty, after obtaining proper Visas! So, these two are the first French Parish Priests of Karumathampatty Residence, and hence also of Saveriarpaiayarn. They were followed by Fr. Bigot-Beauclair (Devapathinathar) in 1837, and Fr. Metral in 1839. Fr. Bigot­ Beauclair visited all the Catholic villages of the Mission between 1837 – 1845, and hence also Saveriarpalayam, building chapels and presbyteries. Hence, he must have visited this parish also and used the church and the small house, for his ministry. (Cfr. Bechu Op. Cit. p. 15-18).

The Vicar Apostolic of Pondicherry (hence also of Coimbatore) Mgr. Bonnand (1836 1846) came on a pastoral visit to our Mission from 15-9-1842 to 9-1-1 843) and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the main centers. Karumathampatty, was one of those centers, and the people of Saveriarpalayam must have attended the reception and their children (perhaps even many older people) would have been Confirmed there. Surely this was first time in history, a Bishop set foot in our Mission. Unfortunately, he could not visit Saveriarpalayam area, since his itinery took him from Karumathampatty to Dharapuram and from there to Palghat area upto Vadakancherry! On his return journey from Paighat, he only passed through Coimbatore, traveling to Ooty on horse – back and from Ooty to Kodivery and then back to Pondicherry. (Cfr. Fr. Jean Lafrenez : Mission de Pondicherry : p. 80-81). It was during his time, a new church was built here in 1845 and one of the first Parish Priests of Karumathampatty, Fr. Pacreau., had noted down that this new church (replacing the older one, built by Fr. Dubois in 1805) as the best church in the mission! (That implies even better than the church of Karumathampatty!) (Cfr. Bechu : Op. cit : P. 19). A new small presbytery was also built in 1845.

It may be an interesting guess: The first native priest of our Mission, is Fr. Arulappan (Joanus), one of the first five to receive Tonsure from Bishop de Bresillac at Karumathampatty in 1 849 (Ibid: p2 I), ordained by his successor Bishop Godelle in l857at Karumathampatty, was a native of”Coimhatore” (that could only mean, “Saveriarpalaym” as it was the Residence and Coimbatore was only “in name”). He was born in 1830 here, of Hindu parents but of the Weavers caste (Devangers). Either he must have been born in Coimbatore (as there were many non-catholic Devangars at Sukkravar Pet of Coimbatore) but baptized at Saveriarpalayam (as it was the Parish Church) when he was 10 years old, or even born at Saveriarpalayam, where there must have been some non- catholic Devangers there in those days and baptized here. Hence it can almost be certain, that Saveriarpalayam had the distinction of producing the first “Son of the Soil” Priest for Coimbatore Diocese! It is interesting to know that, as a newly converted Catholic, after joining the Seminary at Karumathampatty, in his first out-burst of zeal, he started destroying a pagan idol on the road – side and thus caused a great stir among the local Hindus. After his ordination in 1857 (not in 1858 as others who had written articles about the History of St. Josephs Minor Seminary, in the various Souvenirs!), he was assistant to Fr. Ravel and then in charge of Pallapalayam for 12 years and then also for same time at Karumathampatty. He died in 1870 at Karumathampatty, and was buried in the church there. Fr. Bechu, our Diocesan Historian, after giving the above details, finally has written as a “Panageric” “He was the first Indian Priest of the Coimbatore Mission; workeH zealously for the sanctification of Christians and the conversion ol pagans, was a credit to the Indian clergy of the Mission”. (Bechu Op. cit. p. 146 – 147). Fr. Luney however, in his monumenta work, says : “On 29th May 1858, two first priests from thc Coimbatore Mission were ordained: Fr. Arul and Fr. Xavery, thc first was from Coimbatore of pagan parents, at 10 years wa baptized. Fr. Xaverinathar, from Murugampalayam, served ir Dharapuram, Coimbatore and Saveriarpalayam and died 1882” (Op. cit : Vol. II p. 392).

In 1 848, Coimbatore was detached from Karumathampatty as a separate parish by Bishop de Bresillac, and thw Saveriarpalayam became a real substation of Coimbatore, thougi there was no church at Coimbatore till 1867, when the Cathedra was completed but there was a house for the Priest to reside one of the rooms of that house (the present procure) was used a a chapel. ln that single – room chapel, some the first Indian Priests were ordained.

During the turbulent Goanese or Joachim Schism, Saveriarpalayam did not appear to have been affected, though those priests must have visited and administrated the sacraments here. But when the French Missionaries arrived to take charge in 1834, there were no factions, supporting the Goanese priests and hence it must have happened without a hitch. This is in sharp contrast to other places, like Karumathampatty, Aravakurichi and Venkitapuram where there were factions, one supporting the new­ comers (the French Missionaries) and the other the Goanes priests, often resulting in unchristian fist fights and schisms, so much so Fr. Bechu, sarcastically could remark, “One group wanted the French, another the Goanese while still a third (Bad Catholics) wanted none of them (so that they could live as they liked” (Ibid Op. cit : p. 17).

Mgr. de Bresillac, the first Bishop of our Vicariate, faced with Caste conflicts and revolt among the laity and even among his tiny band of clergy (just 5 or 6), because he attempted to abolish the social system of castes, chose to resign and go hack to France in 1 853. At Somanur, there was the first meeting of the Vicariate lay people, up in arms against the abolishing of castes in 1853 or 1854 and decided to boycott going to the church and even threatened to call in the schismatic priests. The immediate provocation wa the bold action of Fr. de Gelis, to employ a cobbler-caste boy a his syce (to look after his horse) and allowed him to enter th presbytery at will. Since from 1847, Bishop de Bressilac himsell had established the “Maniakarars System” to help the priests in thi temporal administration of the parishes and of Karumathampatty the Mother of 10 surrounding Christian Villages (Saveriarpalayan was one of the ten), therefore the Maniakaran of this parish to would have played his part, supported by the Villagers. Th problem was finally solved only in 1 857 by Fr. Ravel.

In 1859, Saveriarpalayam was the substation of Coimbatore had 250 Catholics, a small church (but the most excellentone: and a small presbytcry Fr. de Gellis was the Parish Priest.

In the brief statistics of 1872 – 73, we find Fr. Xavier, tin second Indian Priest of our Mission to be ordained, was in charge of this Parish, (though as Assistant to the Parish Priest of the Cathedral Fr. Arival). His biography is a very interesting one. He was the only son of his parents, a devout Devanger family of Murugampalayam (which was a Catholic Village, with 83 Catholics and a church in 1859). His father’s one ambition was to offer his oniy son to God’s service. Hence he put him in the Seminary at Karumathampatty on 21 .1 .1846. Now the fun starts. Reran away twice, according to Fr. Bechu, though according to the same historian, the boy had great difficulties to obtain his parent’s consent, being the only son! (Cfr. Ibid: p.l46). But both the times his father brought back the prodigal son. Thus after the initial hiccups, he persevered in the Seminary and received ‘the tonsure’ at the hands of Bishop de Bresillac, who as stated by Fr. Luney, was much impressed by his parent’s piety and faith. He was ordained as priest on 29.5.1858 at Karumathampatty by Mgr. Godelle. He was an exemplary Pastor in the various places of his ministry at Dharapuram, Coimbatore and Saveriarpalayam 1 865 – 1881. He died at Coimbatore on 27.5.1882. Fr. Beshu says about him: “An edifying priest whom the people held in great esteem and affection”. (Ibidp.146).

In 1876 1878 South India was again visited by famine and many died of Cholera, dysentery and fever. The missionaries and the Government tried to help as much as possible with “Gruel Centers” ( Kanjithotti) Coimbatore had one such gruel center. This place was also affected; some must have been converted at this period.

lit the Statistics of 1 892, Saveriarpalayam had a Catholic Population of 1391 (what a phenomenal increase compared to that of 1859, when it was only 650) and 3 adult Baptisms, and another good news : It had 3 schools with 51 pupils : In 1 892 a school had been founded here, known as St. Francis Xavier’s Elemantary School (which later was called as “St. Joseph’s” The other two schools must have been the ones at Pilliakulam, which was its substations (Ibid : p. 56).

Saveriarpalayam was made a separate parish in 1892 though it had a resident priest from 1866. Fr. Guerpillion was the first Parish Priest. For the 3rd time the church was rebuiltb)r him 1898 (This was the one that was existing till 1963). The bel-fry was constructed by Fr. A. Ignatius in 1905. In 1963 the church was extend on both sides, as side aisles, by Fr. Heart M. lrudayan and was blessed by Bishop Savarimuthu. Fr. Lazar Arputham constructed the portico for the church in 1976. The Centenary of the parish was celebrated in 1983 (I wonder what was this Centenary was for, since it became a separate parish only 1892!) by Fr. M. Thomas. Fr. C.S. Madalaimuthu, did the interior decorations in 1988.

Before the Diocese was handed over to Indian clergy, Fr. Guerpillion, Fr.M.S. Micael, Fr. Langlet, Fr. Rthinanathar, Fr. Collins, Fr. Koihir, Fr. Paul were the parish priests Fr. Paul (1932- 1935) when he was transferred from here and appointed as Parish Priest of Dharapuram, while he was travelling by Bus (in those days, the buses had no side protective body, but were open, with wooden benches) on the way, suddenly a cobra crossed the road, in front of the bus, and the driver applied sudden brakes and in the jolt, Fr. Paul was thrown out and received a mortal injury on the head and hence died in 1935, before he could take charge! (This transfer, brought, Fr. G. Martial (1935-46). He was known for choosing the Baptismal names for many children of the Parish. He brought the Convent of the Presentation Sisters. Fr. S. Maria Joseph (1946-1949) built a new building for the boys school and also 3 houses for rentals. It was during the end of the reign of Fr. Martial and during the time of Fr. Maria Joseph, the cruel shortage of yarn, affecting the Handloom Industry made nearly half of the parish, to migrated to Calcutta, Mettur, Bombay, Surat etc.

It was when he was the Parish Priest here (1949-1950) that Fr. M. Savarimuthu received his nomination as Bishop ol Coimbatore, but continued to be parish priest, even after his consecration. He repaired the ancient presbytery. His successor Fr. M. Singara) ar (1951-1955) the Boy’s school was raised to Higher Secondary School in 1952, and the school building was xtended. With the parishioners’ contribution, the beautiful Grotto of the Sacred Heart was constructed, blessed by Bishop Savarimuthu, who had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart. Fr. G.M. Kulandaiswamy (1 955-59) extended the school building. He started the Young Christian Workers Movement (Y.C.W) first in the Diocese. There seems to have been unnecessary confusion about this Fr. A.J.Williams started the Christian Workers Association, at the Cathedral in the year 1948! (Cfr. Souvenir of the 150th year of the Diocese: The Message of Fr. John Williams) Fr. Joseph Pragasam (1959-61)built another extension for the Boys school and continued extending the YCW movement which was extended to many parishes, by Rev. Fr. Ignatius M. lrudayam into a real Diocesan movement, during 1961-1970, one of the best in India! Fr. Irudayam (1 961 -1964), took the initiative to extend the church with 2 aisles, the foundation was blessed on 24-2-1962 by Bishop Savarimuthu and it was completed in 1963, blessed by the same Bishop. A new Grotto in honor of Our Lady of Fatima was constructed and blessed on 7-9-1985. In the cemetery, a Calvary with covered shed was constructed and blessed by Bishop Ambrose on 2-11-1987.

Fr. A. Louis, after strenuous efforts to collect funds, constructed the large parish hall and it was blessed by Bishop Ambrose . Fr. M. Guruswamy, was the Parish Priest here. Fr. CS. Madalaimuthu, managed by evict the tenants of the houses, rented out, and put up a one storied building for the Boy’s school (at whose expense, is not clear!)

The foundation for a new modern spacious presbytery, behind the existing one was constructed by Fr. Jacob and was blessed by Bishop Thomas Aquinas.

Main Slaion:
Distance from the cathedral church : 5 K.Ms
Total No. of Catholic Families both in the Main & in the sub- Station : 1500
Total number of Catholics : 7500

Religious Houses :
I. Presentation Convent 0422 – 2591285
2. Sisters of Cottelango 0422 – 2575074

Religious Institutions :

1. St. Philomena’s Girls High School 0422 – 2573825
2. St. PhiJ.omena’s Girls Primary School 0422 – 2573825 (Con)
3. St. Joseph’s Middle School for boys 0422 – 2573825 (Con)
4. Rehabilitation Centre for the Mentally-handicapped 0422 – 2575074
5. Physio Therapy unit 0422 – 2575074 (Con) 6. Dispensary 0422 – 2575074(Con)

Mass Timings:

Week days : Mon to Fri 6.00 a.m,
Tue, Thur, Fri, & Sat 6.00 p.m
Cottelengo Convent 6.45 a.m
Sundays : 5.15, 7.30, & 9.00 a.m; 5.30 p.m

For more information please visit: http://www.coimbatorediocese.org/


St. Antony’s Shrine, Puliakulam, Coimbatore.

In 1820, it was small chapel. Fr. De Geils built a new Church in 1859. It was renovated in 1892. The new Church was built and consecrated on 12th June 1987. The original inhabitants are all old Christians, converted by St. John De Britto. The specialty of the Shrine is, it draws thousands of devotees irrespective of religion, caste, and language every week on Tuesdays. The flow of faithful starts in the early hours of the day and continues late night.

On all days there are pilgrims to the Shrine and people turn to St. Antony for all their needs. The Shrine is situated only 4 Kms from the Coimbatore City and plenty of buses are available from the town.

Contact :
The Parish Priest,
St. Antony’s Church,
Puliakulam, Ramanathapuram P.O,
Coimbatore 641 045.
Phone : 0422-2311298

Mass timings :
Tuesdays- 6.00 am, 7.30 am, 11.30 am & 6.00 pm, all masses followed by St. Antony’s novena.
Sundays – 5.15 am, 6.30 am, 8.00 am & 5.30 pm
Weekdays – 6.00 am & 6.00 pm

Patronal Feast :
Sunday after the feast of St. Antony ( June 13 )

For more information please visit: http://www.coimbatorediocese.org/


Church of St. Joseph the Worker, Ondipudur, Singanallur, Coimbatore.

Singanallur, historically speaking is as ancient as Coimbatore, since it is mentioned as one of the places captured by the Mysore Kings in 1684-85. It must have been of some military importance Valialore, close to Singanallur, ofcourse, is more ancient , since it was one of the important trading centres with the Roman Empire (between 1st Cent. B.C – 3rd Cent. AD), as the numerous Roman coins dug up here, reveal. It was ruled by a Chieftain of Pallia Vellalars, as the stone inscriptions found here testify, belonging to the last Sangam Age ( cfr. Shakti Devi: Kovai Nagara Varalaru: p.4-S).

The modern Singanallure is a town of Spinning and Weaving Mills, situated as it is just opposite the Palghat Pass and the mild humid climate suitable for the manufacture of cotton yarn. Even before the Mills came, this locality was thickly populated by the weaving community of Devanger- though none of them Christians. With the sprouting of cotton Mills, the population has vastly increased with people from othr placees thronging fo employment. But sadly, cotton textile Industry is one, which has always been plagued by periodic slumps. The Weavers community has saying: “When there is demand, there will not be enough yarn available; when the yarn is abundant, there will not be demand. When both demand and yarn supply is abandant, there won’t be electricity!” Anyhow this area is the Citadel of Trade Unions ol various hues and political affiliations! Lately many Textile Mills have closed down and hence it is in the grip of unemployment an the consequent suffering of the mill workers!

The few Catholic families who settled down in 1940’s were going to Saveriarpalayam. But as the number increased a large plot of six acres of dry land was purchased by the Diocese, betweer Singanallur and Ondipudur, but mercifully, on the main road and chapel in honour of St. Philomina (made famous by St. Cure D’Ars) was built by Bishop Savarimuthu in 1964. Since it was a worker’s paradise May was chosen as the feast-day celebration and Catholic workers and pilgrims from surrounding areas were encouraged to take part in it. Since there were no Catholics, close to the church, Bishop Savarimuthu sold off some plots to Catholics, to come and settle down here. But in those days, until Athikadavu Water supply came, there was great water scarcity, with wells as deep as 200 feet and yet no water and people had to buy water for drinking as well as for other purposes.

It was established as a separate parish in 1964, with Fr. A. Siluvainather as the first Parish Priest, a fairly large presbytery was built (with water purchased!) then. The water Scarcity was so great the early parish priests had to go once or twice a week to the Bishop’s house for bath! In the year 1972, the Church was re­ christened as the Church of St. Joseph the Worker, the Patron of Workers, since St. Philomina’s name was dropped from the Roman Martyrology, as not having historical evidence for the Saint’s existence!

An English medium nursery school was started in 1986 which grew into a Matriculation High School, by the untiring efforts of Fr. John Bosco with new buildings to keep pace with the schools growth and later, in the time of Fr. Lazcr Sundarraj, it become a Matriculation Higher Secondary School with more new buildings and finally a large, well-equipped School Auditorium to cap everything.

The Sisters of St. Ann started a convent and an Institution to care for the Physically Handicapped and Mentally-retarded children, called “STAR” inside the church campus. Fr. Manthara brought the Holy Cross Sisters, and on his own initiative and finance, started a home for the Destitute women, ‘Thayagam’ at Singanallur. Later he handed it over to the CMSSS.

A new and modern Parish Church was built by Fr. John Bosco, in 1993 and consecrated by Bishop Ambrose. The same Fr. Bosco built a road-side Grotto of Our Lady of Vellankanni in 1988. A lew presbytcry was constructed in front of the church in 1990 by r. K.P. Vincent.

Sub – Station :

Peelamedu : 
(Aero-drome) Since many Catholics were settling down in md around the Coimbatore civil Aero-drome at Peelamedu, Bishop Savarimuthu purchased a large piece of land, near the Aero­ drome. A small chapel was built in honour of St. Joseph Cupertinc an unknown and recent saint, but the Protector of Travelers b) Air, by Fr. Maria Antony. Fr. John Bosco constructed a new attractive Church, but changed the Patron’s name into the mon popular name of St. Sebastian. Bishop Ambrose blessed it or 22 .04. 1990.

Main Staion:
Distance from the Cathedral Church : 10 K.Ms.
Total number of Catholic Families both in the main and sub station : 620
Total number of Catholic Families in the Main Station : 545
No of Catholics in the Main Station : 2725

Mass Timings :
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 6.30 | : Wed & Sat 5.3O p.m.

First Fri : 5.3O p.m.
Sundays : 8.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m

Religious Houses:
1. St. Anne’s Convcnt 0422 – 2270671 2. Holy Cross Convcnt 0422 – 2591036 Diocesan Institution :
1. St. Joseph’s Mat. Hr.Sec..School 0422 – 2271367
1. St. Anne’s Rehabiliaton Centre 0422 – 2270671 (Star School)
2. St. Anne’s Social Work 0422 – 2270671 (Con) (Working Women)
3. Home for the Destitute Women 0422 – 2270671 (Con) (Thayagam)

Lay Association :
1. Legion of Mary (Senior & Junior)
2. Vincent De Paul Society
3. Kolping (India) Society
4. Altar Boys Associattion

Patronal Feast: May 1st

SUB – STATION

1. Peelamedu :

Distance – 8 K.Ms
Families – 75
No. of Catholics – 375
Mass Timings – 7.30 a.m Sunday

For more information please visit: http://www.coimbatorediocese.org/

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Syro-Malabar Chruch, Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore.

Holy Trinity Cathedral Church,
Ramanathapuram, Trichy Road, Coimbatore,
Tamilnadu, India.
Pincode : 641 045
Telephone : 0422-2317366

Church of Resurrection, Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore.

Ramanathapuram, was one of the ancient villages surrounding Coimbatore town. It seems to have originated at the time of the Nayak Kings of Madura in the first part of the 16th Century, when the Nayak, realized the strategic importance of Coimbatore, as the gate-way to the Malabar region and built a fort at Coimbatore. To garrison the fort, he was sending Marava Soldiers whose place of origin was Ramnad. As wars ceased, they settled down to the east of Coimbatore in places like, Vadakalur (Savariarpalayam) and Vellalore and Ramanathapuram (so named in memory of their place of origin!). They took up their other original profession of cultivation. They became specialists in the cultivation of Beetle- nut groves (vettrilai kodikal). These people were Agamudaiars (or Thevars as they are called in this part), one of the 3 branches of Maravars (Mukkulathor now-a-days). They are Saivites. In the 17th Century, some from Ramanathapuram had settled down at Semmandampalayam (near Pallapalayam) and were baptized by the Jesuit Missionaries. Though they had become Christians, yet had kept up their relationshipwith their Hindu brethren o Ramanathapuram till the beginning of the 20th Century.The conversion seems not to have affected their social relationships!

As Coimbatore grew, some Catholics began to settle down in this area, but they were part of Puliakulam Parish. Uncharacteristically, these growing areas seem to have escaped the foresight of the Diocesan authorities, till it was too late. Perhaps, they were smug since there were Church lands, below Vallankullam and also at old Sungam!. So when they woke up, there was no land available on the Main Road, So they had to settle for a plot deep in the interior and that too not very large. The Parish Priests of Puliakulam, starting with Fr. M. Guruswamy, Fr. P. lrudayam and Fr. P. John Joseph worked strenuously to make :his area a separate parish and finally Fr. John Joseph, bought the Land, and put up a large modern church and a presbytery. Bishop Ambrose consecrated the church in honour of the Resurrection, in unusual name as the Church Patron, on 16.07.1995. Rev. Fr. . Marianathar was installed as the first Parish Priest. The Foundation for a Belfry was laid on 11 .04.1999 and Bishop Ambrose blessed it on 30.04.2000.

The only short-coming of this recent church to be built, is its location far away and deep in the interior from the Main Road so that it is not easily noticed nor easily approachable, with narrow, winding, muddy by-lanes!. Fr. Marianathar started a small Nursery School, but later it was closed. The majority of the Parishioners are well-to-do people, settled down from different areas and they are very generous.

The F.M.M. Sisters have started an Institution called ‘Anugragam’ and a Tailoring Institute. The Sisters of St. Ann (Madras) also have come in recently.

Main Staion:
Distance from the Cathedral Church : 4 K.Ms.
Total No. of Catholic Families in the Main Station : 560
No. of Catholics in the Main station : 2700

Mass Timings:
Weekdays : Mon, Wed and Fri : 6.30 a.m
: Tue,Thu and sat : 5.30 p.m
: From first Friday to second Saturday 5.30 p.m
Mass & Novena to Divine Mercy of Jesus
Sundays : 7.30 a.m 5.30 p.m (Tamil)
: 10.00 am (English)
Religious Houses :
1. F.M.M. : Anugragarn 0422 – 2314150
2. St.Ann’s (Chennai) 0422 – 2311908

Religious Institutions :
1. Tailoring Institute run by F.M.M. Sisters 0422 – 2314150

Lay Association :
1. Legion of Mary
2. Vincent De Paul Society

Patronal Feast: Sunday after Easter: The Risen Lord

Church of Resurrection,
Bharathy Nagar, 6th Street,
Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore – 641 045.
Estd:1995
Phone No.0422-2318521

For more information please visit: http://www.coimbatorediocese.org/yadd-church-of-resurrection.php


Church of Christ the King, Coimbatore

HISTORY

According to an eye-witness account about Coimbatore in the beginning of the 2O’’ century, the town then was not even one tenth of its present size and, to the east, Race Course and th hamlets around the Central Jail, Anuparpalayam and Uppilipalayam were the boundaries” But as the city grew later, the area o Upplipalayam came to be known as Kattoor, but still today ‘Kattoor’ is not popular, but only Llppilipalayam (as Uppilipaiayam bustand, bus-stop etc.) is popular and it is practically a new ‘township’; well-to-do Catholics settled down in the area, and specially the Anglo-Indian community formed an important group of this area. Mrs. Simon, the owner of a Tannery at Ukkadam, (The couples’ grave, with a huge cupola stands as a monument in the in the Sungam Cemetery, though in a dilapidated condition) had donated a large piece of land for a church on theJail Road (the present site). As the Catholic population increased, in 1931, a temporary chapel was constructed and mass on Sundays and on some week-days were started, with a view to detach the sprawling area into a new parish, comprising the present Gandhipuram and R.S.Puram. In 1934, Rev. Fr. R. Beyls, who was the procurator of the Diocese then, undertook the construction, partly with th funds raised by Fr. Tignous in Europe and America and partly with diocesan funds, at a total cost of Rs. 74,000! It was blessed b Bishop Tournier on 27-10-1935. It was bificurated from th cathedral parish, as a new parish and at the same time a new presbytery was constructed. Rev. Fr. Chervier was appointed a its first parish priest (1935-1 940), who tirelessly worked to build up this new Parish. In 1941, the Sacristy was constructed by Rev. Fr. M. Savarimuthu (later Bishop) during his short tenure as Parish Priest for 6 months: (June 1940 Jan 1941) Rev. Fr. A. Laza (1 941-1 950) undertook many improvements. The Calvary Grotto was constructed as a remembrance of the first Mission by the .edemptorists. He constructed a balcony for the choir and bought :he grand Pipe-organ (the only one of its kind in the South). The -nain altar with its elegant hack-drop was constructed with marble tones, with the donation of Mr. Maria Pragasapillai and the altar was consecrated by Bishop Ubagaraswamy in 1944. Because the annual scourge of plague, so frequent in those days, a special chapel Ln honour of St. Sebastian was constructed, behind the church. He laid the foundations for the twin Belfries and partially constructed the Southern belfry, which was completed by his successor, Fr. S. Amidham, (1950-54). He also started the construction of the Lourdes Grotto, at R.S.Puram. He built two shops for rental. The unique pipe-organ whose melodious and reverberating music, used to enthrall all the Worshipers, after the death of Mr.Dias, as there were no one who knew to play it, had to be disposed of later! What a sad loss!

Rev. Fr. Amridham; completed the Southern bel-fry and paved the sanctuary with marble stones. He also erected the side- altars in honour of Our Lady and of St. Joseph. He set up th sound system. Fr. James Arpudham, organized a committee of the Parishioners to collect funds for the northern bel-fry. He constructed the parish Hail in memory of MrRs. athina Manickammal, behind the church (which had served as temporary shelters, for the Carmelites of Manjunel (in 1946) and then as permanently from 1982, to the Capitanio Sisters.He also constructed some shops on the Northern end. Fr. F.A. Chinnappan (1958-64) constructed the northern bel-fry, the Grotto of St. Sebastian, and 4 more shops. It was in his time, the then ver popular Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour was started, the frist in our diocese. People used to throng for the Novena from all parts of Coimbatore, on Wednesdays, but as time passed, all the city parishes, started the same Novena one by one in their parishes, and thus its uniqueness was diminished. [The same fate befell all the successive popular Novenas such as St. Martin de pores, St. Jude, Our Lady of Vellankanni, InfantJesus of Pragut and the recent one, in honor of the Divine Mercy-the onl exception being the ever- increasing popularity of the Novena ir honor of St. Antony of Puliakulam fame. The Golden Jubilee of the Church was celebrated on 24-11 -1985. The Parish Hall was extended with donations from the Parishioners, and blessed in 1984. The One thousand and five Hundredeth Novena of Perpetual Succour was celebrated on 21-01 -1987. The new extension of the presbytery and the adjoining Sayaga Annai 111am, were built by Fr. F.M. Antoni Mathu, wasbiessed on 30-08-1987. The reconstructed Grotto of St. Sebastian was blessed on 26-01-1988. The first floor was added to the presbytery by Fr. Maria Mudiappan in 1992. A special celebration to commemorate the 2000th Novena of Perpetual Succour was celebrated on 4-7-1999 and a new granite Altar was erected in Her honour and blessed inside the church on 4-7-1999. The Novena of Divine Mercy the first one in the Diocese, was started in 2001 by Fr. Melchior and then popularized by Fr. Aruldas. He also undertook the complete renovation of the church, with concrete plat-forms running all around the church and metalling of the road around in 2001 and completed by January of 2003. In the year 2001, he also started the construction of a new Community Hall, demolishing the existing one, with his unique architectural-style of having also an under-ground Hall in it. Bishop Thomas Aquinas blessed and opened it on 23-2-2004. To round off his tenure he constructed a three dimensional grotto of Our Lady of Vellankanni, facing the main Road and got it blessed by, Bishop Thomas Aquinas on 15-5-2004.

St. Antony’s Higher Elemantary School was started in 1892 and St. Antonys’ Girls Elemantary School was started in 1912, later management was given to the Presentation Sisters. Recently, it was closed due to lack of sufficient number of students. Though most of the Anglo-Indians have migrated to other countries, the special Mass in English on Sundays, draws a large crowd of people from all over the city, thus preserving the Anglo-Indian Flavour of this Parish. Gandhipuram was detached from Kattoor in 1955, and R.S.Puram became a separate parish in 1963. Besides, the recent attraction for the people to seek, peace and tranquility away from the noisy, crowded inner city, in the ever-expending suburbs had also affected the Catholic population of this parish. The Ceylon Tamil Refugoes’ camp at Puluvappatty was attached to this parish. The Jail ministry is also a part of its service as the CentralJail is situated within its boundaries. The unique feature of this church is that it is built on the pure Gothic style of architecture; just as the cathedral was planned by Bishop de Bresillac is an example of pure Romanesque Architecture! But as in the case of Music, dance etc., these classical forms of church Architecture, has no takers now a days!

Main Station:
Distance from the Cathedral Church : 1 K.M.
Total No. of Catholic Families in the Main Station : 450
No. of Catholics in the Main station : 1800

Mass Timings:
Weekdays : 6.30 a.m & 6.30 p.m
Wed : 11.00 a.m & 6.00 p.m
Sundays : 5.30 am, 7.30 a.m 9.30 a.m (English) 5.30 p.m.

The Novena of Divine Mercy :
3 to 4 p.m from first Friday to 9 consecutive days of every Month.

Religious Houses :
1. Capitanio Convent

Diocesan Institution :
1. St. Antony’s Middle School – 0422 – 2234520 Con

Religious Institutions :
1. Capitanio Convent Nursery School. – 0422 – 2232923
2. Capitonio Convent – 0422 – 2232923
3. Capitanio Convent Tailoring Institute – 0422 – 2232923
4. Capitanio Convent Computer Center. 0422 – 2232923

Lay Association :
1. 3rd Order of Francis of Assisi
2. Prayer Group

Patronal Feast: Christ the King ( November last Sunday)

Church of Christ the King,
10/184, Dr. Nanjappa Road,
Coimbatore – 641 018.

For more information please visit: http://www.coimbatorediocese.org/yadd-church-of-chirst-the-king.php


Shrine of the Holy Rosary: Karumathampatty, Coimbatore

Karumathampatty was an important Catholic centre from 1640.

Karumathampatty was ruled by a Rajah named Karumuthan and got the name Karumathampatty.

Shrine was dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and became a place of pilgrimage from 1640.

Karumathampatty was the first cradle and headquarters of the Coimbatore Mission till 1850.

It was visited by St. John de Britto who spread Christianity in South India, head of the Madurai Mission and was also martyred in Oriyur, at least on three occasions in between from 1676 – 83 and he celebrated Holy Masses thrice in the Main chapel.

There were two churches during 17 and 18 centuries inside the fort that is cathedral and outside the fort, the small chapel.

The first Shrine was destroyed by the soldiers of the Mysore Rajah Saraboji in 1684 but was rebuilt soon after by the intercession to Our Lady of Holy Rosary. This Shrine was kept intact through the grace of Our Blessed Mother Mary.

The Shrine was again destructed in 1784 during persecution of King Tippu. But the front portion of the Shrine was not destroyed so it used as the Entrance Arch for this shrine until 1995.

The Shrine in its incipient stage was built in 1803 by Fr. Dubois who had obtained from the British.

In 1840, Rev. Fr. J. B. Barrot constructed the belfry (Bell Tower) and in 1908 Rev. Fr. Laphanne built the still eye-catching beautiful Main Alter. These two monuments proclaimed the golden history of this shrine.

Mgr. De Bresillac and Mgr. Godella were consecrated in this Shrine in 1846 and 1857 respectively.

In 1846 Mgr. De Bresillac, Pro- Vicar Apostolic of Coimbatore, resided in Karumathampatty until 1850 when being appointed Vicar Apostolic, he transferred his headquarters to Coimbatore.

Mgr. De Bresillac was the founder of S.M.A. Congregation.

It was here that Rev. Fr. Ravel started the Congregation of Presentation Sisters, on 21 November 1853.

The Seminary of the mission was opened in 1846 In Karumathampatty and remained there in till 1859.

After 1940 various institutions came into existence.

A new Shrine was built in 1995 by Rev. Fr. A. Maria Mudiappan.

Even though this village was affected by wars, dangerous deceases severe famine and so on the grace of Our Lady of Holy Rosary gave boost and strength to the people with stand in all the troubles.

Without any discrimination all kinds of people from VaalPaarai, Ooty, Dharmaburi, Trichy, Madurai, Mysore, Kerala, and North India also are coming to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Shrine. Especially the People of Ooty are very much attached to Our Lady of holy Rosary.

Every year during the annual Feast all over India who settled from here are coming to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Holy Rosary.

Even today those who come to the feet of Our Lady of Holy Rosary for the Marriage, child, employment, studies, development in business, freedom from the loan, sickness and so on are receiving everything with the faith on Her and Her Son Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Even now on first Saturdays, we have special Novena both in the Morning and evening. A big crowd comes from different parishes.

The Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary is being regularly celebrated every year in a grand manner in the month of October first Sunday.

Miracles and Wonders attributed to the Shrine

- For the Marriage
- For the child
- For the development in Business
- For the Loan of Land and House
- For the Studies
- For the Cure from various sickness

Contact :
Rev. Fr. Parish Priest,
Holy Rosary Church,
Karumathampatty, Coimbatore 641 659.

Phone : 0421-2332476

Patronal Feast :
Our Lady of Rosary (1st Sunday in October)

For more information please visit: http://www.rosaryshrine.com/

More Churches in Coimbatore:

St. Joseph Church,
Kavundampalayam, 30, Joseph Nagar, Pin – 641 030, Coimbatore Dt – 641 402, Tamil Nadu.

Resurrection Church,
Ramanathapuram, Bharathi Nagar 6th Street, Pin – 641 045, Coimbatore Dt, Tamil Nadu.

St.Britto’s Church,
R.S.Puram, Coimbatore – 641 002, Tamilnadu.

St.Xavier’s Church,
Marakadai, Coimbatore – 641 001, Tamilnadu.

St.Antony’s Church,
Puliakulam, Coimbatore – 641 018, Tamilnadu.

Christ The King Church,
Kattoor, Coimbatore – 641 009, Tamilnadu.

Our Lady of Fatima Church,
Gandhipuram, 4th Street extension, Coimbatore – 641 012, Tamilnadu.

Sagayamatha Church,
Trichy Road, 244, Coimbatore Dt – 641 402, Tamil Nadu.

Infant Jesus Shrine,
Kovaipudhur, Coimbatore – 641 042, Tamilnadu.

St.Michael Cathedral,
Townhall, Big Bazaar Street, Coimbatore – 641 001, Tamilnadu.

St.Francis of Assisi Church,
Ganapathy, Coimbatore – 641 006, Tamilnadu.

St.Paul’s Church, 
Ratnapuri, Coimbatore – 641 027, Tamilnadu.

Infant Jesus Shrine, Coimbatore

Infant Jesus Shrine, Coimbatore