Christ the King Church, Vilangudi, Madurai

Christ the King parish was earlier the substation of Anjal Nagar parish taken care of by the Redemptorist fathers. At the time of Archbishop Casimir the local people wanted to have a place of prayer so that they would not suffer going a long distance to Anjal nagar crossing the busy national high ways. With the help of the local parishioner Mr. S.M. Raj, a plot was bought by Fr. Vedamanickam, the Procurator and later another small plot was bought adjacent to the earlier one during the time of Rev. Fr. Gnanam CSSR, Parish Priest, Anjal Nagar. The construction of the magnificient church was done by Fr. Dhivyanandam, the Procurator with the help of Eng. Kitcheley. Archbishop Arockiasamy erected it an independent parish in 1994 when Fr. Antony, CSSR, was the parish priest. The circumference of this parish is 4 kilometers, having as border, NH7 Madurai-Dindigul Main Road in the East, Kondamari in the West, NH7 Madurai-dindigul Main Road in the North and North bank of Vaigai River in the South. It has two substations. The Catholic population is 2000 out of the total population of this area, 7000. Most of the parishioners are Government Employees, Private Companies Employees, Agriculture Coolies, Professors, Teachers and Construction workers.

The parish church and the presbytery were constructed in 1994 when the parish was erected. Fr. Soosai Michael Raj constructed and started an English Medium School in 1997. Fr. John Diraviam, in his term, constructed a magnificient Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary in the Marian year 2003 at the entrance where a simple statue of Our Lady was installed by Fr. John Martin in 1995. Fr. John Diraviam constructed a new church in CAS Colony, the substation and instituted regular novena mass to St. John De Britto on Wednesdays. Fr. Edwin, during his time, extended the parish church and the altar. Land was bought for Kondamari people and was distributed to the Kondamari villagers.

Now in 2009 the parish was elevated into a Vicariate center of Madurai North Vicariate. At the time of Fr. Antony Rajan, the p,p and the V.F., the archdiocese has invested a considerable amount of money to put up buildings for Christ the King Eng. Medium School. Contract is made by the diocese that it would run the school for certain period of time to take back the investment on multiple storied buildings.

Christ the King Church,
Income Tax Colony,
Madurai -625 018.

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