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(1977 – Ernakulam Archdiocese)
P.B. No. 66, Aluva, Ernakulam Dt.,
Kerala -
India - 683 101
Tel: 0484 - 2624081, 0484 - 2629287 (Provincial Personal)
Fax: 0484 - 2624173, E-mail: stthomascap@sify.com


The suggestion for a separate Provincialate was approved by the Election Chapter of 1975. Though a plot of land adjacentto Nazareth Ashram was bought for the purpose, it was not foundvery convenient. Hence, with the approval of the ExtraordinaryChapter of 1976, another plot in Aluva was bought in 1977. All the arrangements for the purchase of the new plot was made by Br. Ignatius.

  On 3rd July, 1977, the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Provincialate was shifted from Nazareth Ashram to the new place.

His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parekattil, Archbishop of Ernakulam, did the formal inauguration and blessing of the new Provincialate on 1st October, 1977, and it was then canonically erected into an ashram. It served as the Provincialate of St. Joseph Province till the bifurcation. When on October 25, 1999 the two new provinces, St.Joseph and St. Thomas came to be, the povincialate belonged to St. Thomas Province; but till April 15, 2002, it was used as the Provincialate of St. Joseph Province, Kerala. On April 15, 2002, the provincialate of St. Thomas Province was shifted from Nazareth Ashram to St. Thomas Capuchin Provincialate.

Main Ministries: Provincial Curia, Pastoral, Friendship House Trust.


Br. Raphie Paliakara (Provincial Minister)
Br. Raphy Kannanaickal (Vicar, PAX, Director of Mission Retreat)
Br. Hilary Chiriyankandath
Br. Jacob Kallely
Br. Shaju Vadakkan (Provincial Procurator)
Br. Cijo Aricatt (Vocation Director)
Br. Raphael Jacob Porathur (Provincial Secretary)
Br. Davis Vithayathil (Study)
Br. Varghese Vadukkut (Study)
Br. Antony Thekkiniyath (Study)
Br. Jaison Vadakkan (Study)
Br. Anil Palackal (Study)
Br. Davis Thottappilly(Study)
Br. Santhosh Adhikarathil(Study)

Malawi Mission

By a formal letter of Br. General Minister, Malawi mission was entrusted to the undivided St. Joseph Province on January 13, 1987. The first batch of missionaries in the persons of Brs. Hugoline Mathews, Abel and Francis Paliekara arrived in Malawi in 1988

Then they moved to Mikoke, an outstation of Nsipe, where our first friary was built in 1989.Mikoke was constituted an independent parish with 14 outstations and it has now a catholic population of more than 10,000. We also built our minor seminary which started functioning in 1998. The foundation at Lilongwe (Area 49), became the second foundation of the Indian Capuchins in Malawi. When the Province was bifurcated Malawi Mission was entrusted to St. Thomas Province.

Bishop J. Zusa of the diocese of Mzuzu invited the capuchins to work in his diocese. Br. John Kolenchery was sent to Mzuzu to find a suitable place for a capuchin foundation. After the purchase of the land in March 2003 Brs. John Kolenchery and Davis Thottappilly, staying at the Cathedral Church, started to build the ashram. And the ashram was solemnly blessed on the feast day of Padre Pio, 23 September 2003 by His Excellency Bishop J. Zusa of the diocese of Mzuzu in the presence of Br. Provincial. In view of improving quality and quantity in vocation in Malawi Mission we have opened a Theology House at Zomba. On 22nd July 2011 our seminary boarding house at Gulliver was blessed by Br. Raphie Paliakara.

The Capuchin Mission
Superior Regular: Br. Laiju Kilukkan

The Council:
Br. Laiju Kilukkan (Superior Regular)
Br. Gratian Chittilappilly( 1st Councilor )
Br. Sijo Pynadath ( 2nd Councilor )

Mission Secretariat:
Regional House, Capuchin Mission
Area 49, Gulliver, P.O. Box 2204, Lilongwe,
Malawi, C. Africa. Tel : 002651715381,1715391
E-mail: capuchinmission@malawi.net

Regional House

Regional House, Capuchin Mission
Area 49, Gulliver, P.O. Box 2204, Lilongwe,
Malawi, C. Africa. Tel : 002651715381,1715391
E-mail: capuchinmission@malawi.net

1. Br. Laiju Kilukkan (Superior Regular & Manager of the School) Lilongwe
2. Br. Thomas Thattil (Custody Bursar & Secretary)
3. Br. Daniel Buluzi
4. Br. Francis Nyirenda (Regency/Pastoral Year)
5. Br. Shelin Varghese (Regency/Pastoral year)

The Capuchin Mission, Area – 49
Post Box No. 2310, Lilongwe
Malawi, Central Africa
Tel: 00265-1716053
Fax 00265- 01715592

1. Br. Sojan Thukkuparambil (Guardian & Asst. Parish Priest)
2. Br. Cherian Maliekal (Parish Priest & In charge of St. Monica Plot)

St. Francis Friary, Mikoke P.O.Box 03,
Manjawira, Ntcheu Dt. Malawi,
Central Africa.
Contact No: 00265-1954044
E- mail: cmmikoke@malawi.net

1. Br. Bijoy Payappan (Guardian & Parish Priest)
2. Br. Antony Chirayath (Formation Staff)
3. Br. Harvey Chikumbu (National Spi. Asst. to SFO, Custody Vocation Director & Asst. Director of Postulancy)
4. Br. Sijo Pallathukudy (Director of Postulancy & Asst. Parish Priest)

Capuchin Mission, P.O.Box 855,
Mzuzu, Malawi, Central Africa.
Tel: 00265-1303652, 1930055
E-Mail: mzuzucaps@malawi.net

1. Br. Sijo Pynadath (Guardian, Parish Priest & Manager of the School)
2. Br. Davis Thottappilly (Administrator of Health Centre)
3. Br. Binoy Kothakulath (Manager of Carpentry Training Centre)
4. Br. Antony Maniparambil (Asst. Parish Priest)
5. Br. Sherin Cheranthuruthy

St. Anthony Capuchin Formation House
P.O. Box 53, Zomba, Malawi
Central Africa
Tel: 00265-1952697

1. Br. Gratian Chittilappilly (Guardian & Formator)
2. Br. Thomas Christi Choondiyanippurath (In Charge of Sunuzi outstation)