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|
|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)|
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.
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