Province of South West India

At a glance ...

Provincial Fr. Benny Koottanal MSFS
Province Councillors Fr. R. Santhosh Kumar – Admonitor and Formation,
Fr. A. Jerome,
Fr. Roy Plathottathil
Fr. Joy Vazhappillil
Fr. Vinod Kanattu - Bursar
All Professed Members 281
Priests and Brothers Priests: 215 and Brother: 01
Scholastics 72
Novices 21
Minor Seminarians and Candidates 71
Formation Houses Minor Seminary 02, Novitiate 01,Philosophate (Inter-province), Theologate 01
Formation Houses outside of India Philippines 02, Cameroon 02
Educational Institutions Schools 16, Technical School 01, P.U. College 03, Degree College 01 Music School 01
Total Number of Centres in India Karnataka 22, Kerala 13
Institutions of Specialized ministries 08
Media Centre & Pastoral Centres 01
NGOs ( PSI & Fides India) 02
Number of dioceses where South West confreres are working 40 (in India)

About Us

The South West Province was erected in 1991. It was created by bifurcating the large province of Visakhapatnam. This South West Province consists of the two states of Karnataka and Kerala in India, the Francophone countries of Chad and Cameroon in Africa and the Philippines. The province which began with 52 priests, two brothers and a few scholastics and candidates in 1991 has grown into a large one with 148 priests, 2 brothers, 94 scholastics and over a hundred candidates to date.

Province History

The first Provincial, Fr. Thomas Cherukat took over the administration of the Province on  3rd July 1991.  With all the initial difficulties he with his long vision and undying zeal built it up into a strong and vibrant province remaining at the helm of affairs of the province for three consecutive terms of three years as provincial.  During his tenure many new missions were opened and the existing ones were stabilized.  The missions in Philippines and West Central Africa were opened in 1993 and 1999 respectively.

        On  3rd July, 2000 the baton of animating the province and its administration was handed over to the second and incumbent provincial Fr. Jose Parappillil.  He completed two te terms in office and under his able and dynamic leadership the Province  grew into newer and greater heights day by day. He guided the whole province community into greater dynamism, activity and a deep zeal for the mission of the Congregation and the Church.

          Fr. Mathew Kozhuppkkalam was elected as the third provincial on the 3rd July 2006.  Under his able leadership the Province expanded and stabilized its mission and ministry.  He with his hard work and enthusiasm successfully guided the province and created a true fransalian spirit of mission in the province.

          Fr. Abraham Vettuvelil was appointed as the fourth provincial of the South-West India Province of the MSFS on 16th May, 2011 and he took charge officially as the new Provincial on 12th June, 2011, on the Solemnity of Pentecost.  Fr. Abraham effectively guides and animates the Province in carrying out its various apostolates.

List of all countries where currently the South-East members are serving:

Chad-Cameroon, Philippines, Germany, Autria, USA, Australia

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