Project 3388 - Fitting out the new library

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 growing number of students makes it necessary to expand the library. As the current space cannot be increased, the library has to be moved to another location. The old library will be converted into small rooms for individual retreats.

The roof and walls have already been redone. The interior now needs to be fitted out: painting, electricity, sanitary facilities, air conditioning, etc.


Requested amount: € 13,600

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