Padua Franciscan Ashram

Friars Minor Conventual
Puthenchira East P.O,
Trissur Dt. 680 682,
Kerala, India
Tel. (0480) 2786422
Fr. Sebastian Kalathilparambil, Guardian
Fr. Samuel Paramby
Fr. Philip Karottapuram
Fr. Basil Maniparambil
The Padua Franciscan Ashram at Puthenchira East in Trichur District, Kerala in the eparchy of Irinjalakuda began on 12 May 1995 with the arrival of Fr. Manilal Cristin and the blessing of the Friary by Fr. Joseph Cilia, Provincial Custos. It was canonically erected on 27 January 1996. Fr. Manilalwas appointed the first Superior. The Ashram named after St. Anthony of Padua to commemorate the eighth centenary of his birthis on a plot of land of approximately four and a half acres.

Fathers Egidio Canil and Mario Conte representatives of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua blessed the foundation stone for the Church-Shrine on8 February 1996 during the pilgrimage of the Saint’s Relics to Kerala. A relic of St. Anthony - part of the skin - was presented for the future Shrine. The Church-Shrine was blessed and consecrated by Bishop James Pazhayattil of Irinjalakuda on 9 November 1997. On the same day, Fr. Agostino Gardin, Minister General unveiled the statue of St. Anthony, which was sent from the Basilica at Padua for the Shrine. The Shrine is also enriched with the centenary bell presented to it by the General Chapter of the Order and blessed in the Basilica in Padua on 11 June 1995 during the pilgrimage of the General Chapter members to the tomb of St. Anthony.

The Ashram has also the Novitiate house, which was transferred to here from Kolbe Ashram on 01 November 1997. Fr. Agostino Gardin, Minister General on 9 November 1997 in the presence of Fr. Enrique Montero, Definitor General for FAAMC, blessed the newly constructed Novitiate House. On 29 January 2005, the Novitiate was transferred to the newly erected Friary of Belvedere Franciscan Ashram, Kottagiri and from May 2005, it is the residence of the Pre-Novices.

On the plans of K.A. Jossey, Engineer of Ernakulam constructed the Church and the additional building with the original house.



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