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BETHLEHEM ASHRAM
(1963 – Irinjalakuda Diocese)
Elinjipra, Chalakudy,
Thrissur, Kerala-680 721





History

The site of Bethlehem Ashram was donated to us by the late Rev.Fr. John Kizhakooden. An adjoining plot was donated by Mr. Joseph Plackal, father of Br. Paul Dayanand OFM Cap. The foundation stone of the chapel was laid on 13th August, 1962. Br. Gerard who was then the Guardian of Calvary Ashram, Thrissur was asigned with the responsibility of building the chapel at Elinjipra. He worked very hard to build the chapel and it was completed and blessed on 13th May, 1963. Br. Gerard was succeeded by Br. Renatus who, in turn was succeeded by Br. Henry. The latter built an extension to the old building, and was looking after the chapel and ashram for some time. The present ashram building was built by Br. Athanasius and it was blessed on 1st May, 1971. A new block was added to it in the year 1993 under the supervision of Br. Marialal Manjaly. With the establishment of St. Thomas Province on 25 October 1999, it was decided that the minor seminary of the province be built at Elinjipra. Under the supervision of Br. Joseph Anil Panamkoodan, then Guardian of Bethlehem the seminary was built and blessed. The official inauguration of the seminary was on 3 July 2000. Br. Maria Lal Manjaly was appointed the first rector.

Main Ministries: Minor Seminary Orientation Course, Parish, Pastoral, Social Centre.

Inmates

Br. Lotus Malekudy (Guardian, Parish Priest, Asst. Director of Mission Retreat)
Br. Lijoy Chiriyankandath (Vicar, Rector)
Br. Antony Manjiyil (Assisi Bhavan, Konnakuzhy, Ph : 2748771)
Br. George Menachery (Procurator, Staff)
Br. Jos Ponnor (Staff, SFO, In-charge of Sahrudhaya, Kaipamangalam)
Br. Wiljo Neelankavil
Br. Nirmal Vezhaparambil (Staff, Vocation Promoter)
Br. Shinto Njarlely