India - Monastery of Makkiyad (osb)

Project 6597 - Construction of an Auditorium


The monastery of St Joseph was founded in 1962 by five Indian monks who decided to leave Sri Lanka to set up a monastery in India. It belongs to the Sylvestrine Congregation. The Priory has founded five monasteries. In 2015 the community comprised 43 brothers of whom 39 had made solemn profession, one brother temporary vows and four novices.

The community is in charge of a certain number of activities across the school of the Holy Face and the St Joseph Institute of Philosophy. The community also runs a retreat centre visited by thousands of people each year.

Makkiyadconstruction3The Institute of Philosophy has been affiliated to the Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo (Rome) since July 2018. At that time the Institute comprised 50 students, young Benedictine monks but also students from different dioceses and Congregations of the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankar rites destined for the priesthood.

The students share the Benedictine way of life. This offers them the possibility of apprenticeship in different spheres, such as exhibitions, pastoral ministry and various activities within and outside school life.

MakkiyadAuditoriumThe Institute needs an auditorium to receive the students as well as the community and a certain public in order to organise the philosophy seminars and workshops which include students from other institutes. With local funds the brothers have completed the roof of the auditorium in sheet metal. The need is urgent, since the building underneath underwent serious leaks during the rainy season.

The brothers lack funds to complete the surrounding walls and the interior. The total cost is estimated at €50,000.


Requested amount: € 15,000

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