Amala Annai Province History
1. Capuchin Pioneers
2. Bifurcation of Indian Provinces
3. Bifurcation of TamilNadu Province
25.04.2012: The Decree of the division of Amala Annai Province, Tamil Nadu, into two different juristictions was promulgated at Amalashram. At the climax of the 40th anniversary of the Capuchin Province of Tamil Nadu, it got divided into two - South and North. The South comprises the Dioceses of Ooty, Coimbatore, Dindigul,Sivagangai, Madurai, Palayamkottai, Tuticorin and Kottar. Mary Queen of Peace is Dindigul, Sivagangai, Madurai, Palayamkottai, Tuticorin and Kottar. Mary Queen of Peace is the patron of South Province. The North includest the Dioceses of Trichy, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry, Chingleput, Chennai Vellore, Dharmapuri, Salem and Tanjore.
Jan 2011: A new foundation was laid at the donated land at Karungulam, Rajakrishnapuram parish, in the Diocese of Tuticorin near Kanyakumari. It is christened ‘St. Francis Mercy Home’. The Province owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Sundar George of Nagercoil. The North Province retains the same patron “Amala Annai” (Immaculate Conception) Rev. Br. Mauro Johri, our Minister General, announced the erection of the Provinces and appointed the Provincials and definitors.
28.10.2012: The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Amalashram was blessed and inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. F. Antonysamy, the Bishop of Kumbakonam.
29.08.2013: 4 acres of Land was purchased at Mamandur Village, Villupuram and the documents were signed.
06-09.02.2013: The First Provincial Chapter was held at Amalashram. The Statutes of our Amala Annai Capuchin Province were formulated & approved.
10.02.2013: Foundation stone was laid in Arcot for the new School building and was blessed by Br. Hubert Calas, the Provincial of France.
22.05.2013: St. Antony of Padua Parish at Sundampatti was given back to the Diocese of Dharmapuri.
08.12.2013: Burkina Faso Mission was declared a Delegation.
06.01.2014: The Fountain institute as a Training Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy was started.
12.08.2014: Rt. Rev. Dr. Soundararaju, the Bishop of Vellore, blessed the extended block of St. Pio School at Arcot and Br. A. J. Mathew, the then Provincial opened the same.
04.12.2014: 30 cents of the Land was purchased at Kaduka Marathur, Yercaud and the Documents were signed.
05.12.2014: ‘The Fountain Institute’ at Vidivelli, Sundampatti had its official inauguration.
08.12.2014: For the first time, the Province day was celebrated at Amalashram in the Province - level.
19-24.04.2015: The Second Ordinary Chapter was held at Amalashram. Br. Michael Fernandes, the General Councillor for India, presided over the chapter in which Br. John Antony was elected Provincial.
02.07.2015: The first formation house called ‘St. Joseph Friary’ was blessed and opened in Burkina Faso.
26.08.2015: A MOU was signed between Mrs. Christine Gomez - Mr. Patrick Gomez and Capuchins regarding the property of Capuchin Padony Illam. 21-25.11.2015 : It was the first Extra Ordinary Chapter.
27.11.2015: The foundation stone of the Fountain institute at Sundampatty was laid.
4.12.2015: The foundation stone of Alverna, Yercaud was blessed.
31.12.2015: Foundation stone was laid for the multipurpose hall at Infant Jesus Church, Vallam. :
25.01.2016: The Multipurpose Hall at St. Mathias Church was blessed & opened.
05.01.2017: Alverna Home at Yercaud was blessed & opened by Br. Giampiero Gambaro.
07.01.2017: The Fountain institute was blessed & opened by Br. Giampiero Gambaro.
09.06.2017: St. Sebastian Church, Sivapuram, Kumbakonam was taken up by the Capuchins as a Mission Station.
25.06.2017: Capuchins took over the Jagan Madha Mariyal Alayam, Kanakammachathram Parish in the Archdiocese of Chennai.
16.08.2017: New building at padony illam – to function as a counselling and psychotherapy Centre was blessed.
5.09.2017: Inaugural Ceremony of the cause of SoG. John Peter was celebrated.
10.09.2017: Ettukalpatty in the diocese of Trichy was erected a quasi Parish and given to us.
28.09.2017: We bought a land of 20.9 cents in Sri Rangarajapuram, Sivapuram, Kumbakonam
20.02.2018: Blessing & opening of Infant Jesus Multipurpose Hall, Vallam.
23-27.04.2018: 2nd Elective Chapter, was held at Amalashram. Br. Michael Fernandez, General Councillor presided over the chapter. Br. A.J. Mathew was elected as the Provincial.
09.02.2019: The renovated Parish Church at Senthamangalam was blessed and the new altar was consecrated by His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Singarayar, Bishop of Salem and was opened by Br. A. J. Mathew OFM Cap, Provincial Minister.
01.05.2019: Laying of Foundation stone for Bl. Solanus Casey Centre at Thalir, Provincial Animation Centre, Villupuram by Br. A. J. Mathew OFM Cap, Provincial Minister. St. Joseph Province of Detroit, USA Sponsors this project for the promotion of Bl. Solanus Casey's devotion in India and Asia.
14.07.2019: Blessing of renovated Prayer Hall at Infant Jesus Church, Vallam by His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput and was opened by Br. A. J. Mathew OFM Cap, Provincial Minister.
27.08.2019: Brs. Carlo Calloni, the General Postulator and Vice Postulator Antoine Haddad from Rome visited the tomb of Br. John Peter SAVARINAYGAM at Amalashram; inspected and scrutinized the devotion at the tomb.
03.09.2019: His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Antonisamy, Bishop of Kumbakonam blessed the renovated Church and consecrated the new altar at Amalashram. Br. A. J. Mathew OFM Cap, Provincial Minister opened the renovated Church. In the evening, His Grace, Most Rev Dr George Antonysamy, the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore presided over the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the 'Indegenus Presence of Capuchins in Tamil Nadu'.
20.10.2019: To commemorate the event of St. Francis meeting the Sultan - 'Francis 800', - a Peace and Harmony Inter-religious Meeting was held at Amalashram. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Chinnappa, the Archbishop Emeritus of MadrasMylapore presided over the function. The event was organized by members of AFFI (All Franciscan Families India) - Tamil Nadu Zone.
25-29.10.2019: The Third Extraordinary Chapter of the Province was celebrated at Vidivelli, Sundampatti.
03.12.2019: Most Rev. Dr. Antonisamy, the Bishop of Kumbakonam solemnly declared Br. John Peter SAVARINAYAGAM, OFM Cap., as "Servant of God" at Amalashram. It was a successful historical event in the Church of Tamil Nadu.
07.12.2019: The Silver Jubilee Celebration (1994-2019) of Amala Annai Parish (Amalashram) was presided over by Most Rev. Dr. Antonisamy, the Bishop of Kumbakonam.
16.06.2020: Shifted the 'Aspirancy' stage of Formation from Amalashram to Infant Jesus Friary, Vallam.
04.07.2020: Br. Simplice Z. BAZIÉ, OFM Cap., the first Burkinabé was ordained a priest in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
04.10.2021: The newly built block of ten rooms at Thalir, Capuchin Animation Centre, dedicated to Bl. Solanus Casey was blessed by Most Rev. Dr. Neethinathan, the Bishop of Chingleput.
10.01.2021: Third House dedicated to Padre Pio in Burkina Faso at Bissiga, in the diocese of Tenkodogo was blessed and opened by Most Rev. Dr. Prosper Kontiebo, the Bishop of Thenkodogo. Br. John Vianney was installed the First Parish Priest of the new Capuchin Parish there.
25.03.2021: The Second phase of the Multipurpose Hall, kitchen and Chapel in Bl. Solanus Casey Block at Thalir, Provincial Animation Centre was blessed and opened by our elderly Friars Brs. B. Aruldass and Romuald respectively.
21.08.2021: Blessing of the renovated Church and consecrated the new altar at Kanagamal chatiram was presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. George Antonysamy, the Archbishop of MadrasMylapore and opened by Br. A. J. Mathew, OFM Cap, Provincial Minister.
30.08.2021: A new Chapel erected in Thennathiraiyanpatti the sub-station of Ettukalpatty was blessed and opened by Most Rev. Dr. Arockiaraj, the Bishop of Tiruchirappalli.
01-05.09.2021: 3rd Elective chapter was held at Poondi Madha Retreat centre. Br. John Baptist, the General Councillor presided over the Chapter. Br. A. Anthonisamy was elected the Provincial Minister.