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Project 3351 - Purchase of a car for a new Foundation

Benedictine monks of Makkiyad (Kerala, India)



MakkiyadcteSt. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery in Makkiyad, North Kerala, was founded in 1962 by five Indian monks who chose to leave Sri Lanka to establish a monastery in India. It is part of the Sylvester congregation.

Makkiyad Priory has founded six monasteries: Vanashram (Karnataka), Iritty (Kerala), Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh), Teok (Assam), Navajeevan (Andhra Pradesh), and Kizhakkumbhagan (Kerala) in 2022. The community consists of fifty-seven brothers of whom eighteen are temporarily professed.

The community is responsible for a number of educational activities through the Holy Face School and the St Joseph's Institute of Philosophy. The community also runs a retreat centre attended by thousands of people each year.

The St Joseph's Institute of Philosophy has been affiliated with the Athenaeum of St Anselm (Rome) since July 2018. At present, the Institute has fifty students, young Benedictine monks but also students from different dioceses and congregations of the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankar rite, destined for the priesthood. The students share the life of the Benedictine community. The community offers them learning opportunities in various fields through exhibitions, pastoral ministry and various other extra-curricular activities.


The house of Kizhakkumbhagam was founded in August 2022 in the archdiocese of Verapoly, Kerala, and is dependent on the monastery of Makkiyad. Two monk-priests have been sent to establish a pastoral work there: organisation of retreats for priests and religious, services to the population. A car is necessary for their services to the villagers, so the brothers decided to buy one.

Requested amount: € 8,500

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