INDIA - HYDERABAD PROVINCE (INH)
SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD
(SOCIETATIS VERBI DIVINI)
AROCKIA ANNI SHRINE, Vadipatti
Arockia Annai Church, Vadipatty, the first SVD parish in Tamilnadu. This parish is entrusted to the pastoral care of the SVD fathers as per the contract entered by them with the Archdiocese of Madurai. Fr. Vijay Amal Raj SVD was the first parish priest. The presbytery was constructed in 1994 and the parish church was completed and was blessed by Archbishop the Most Rev. Dr. Arokiasamy on 6 June 1999. The next parish priest was Fr. S.M. Mary John SVD, who developed the small church into a renowned pilgrim centre in Tamilnadu by his tireless and zealous ministry.
A. Joseph, Superior & Administrator
Y. Arockiadoss, Parish Priest
Amalanathan, Asst. Parish Priest
C. Irudayaraj, Editor - Arulmozhi
On Sept 8, 2001, there happened an oozing out of water (the miraculous holy spring (Yesuvin Arumarunthu) from the tiled floor of the Church just below the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother, the right side of the altar. Later this was considered a miracle and the holy water (pumped from this source) was offered to the pilgrims who throng to the church in thousands every week. This parish has emerged as the very important church that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Many pilgrims experience physical, spiritual and psychological healings. It attracts many Hindus and Muslims because of the powerful healing presence of Jesus in the liturgical services that are conducted with utmost pastoral care.
Arockia Annai Church, Vadipatty a small town, with only 5 catholic families and the majority of non christians, was unknown till 2001. It was the sisters of St. John the Baptist who started first their heath and educational ministry in Vadipatty before it was erected as a parish. Then the Divine Word Centre of SVD fathers came. It was planned to erect a new parish bifurcating some area from the parish of Samayanallur. In 10th of October 1993 Vadipatty became a parish having Arockia Annai as its patron saint.
Arockia Annai Church,Total population of Vadipatti is 30,600 in which we have 300 Catholics. We have four sub-stations namely, Alanganallur (total population 15,000 in which catholic population is 144), Kuravankulam (total population 3600, in which catholic population is 62), Mariammalkulam (total population 842, in which catholic population is 200) and Sanampatti, (total population 3630, in which catholic population is 83).
Sun 05.30 AM, 8.30 AM, 11.00 AM, 5.00 PM
Mon-Thur 06.30 AM, 11.00 AM, 6.00 PM
Note: Friday and Saturday, 5.00.pm
Thus the small unknown town with 5 catholic families has become a prominent pilgrim centre that attracts thousands of people every day today. This parish church had emerged as a very important church in South India. Taking the importance of the church that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over south India, witnesses of miracles attributed and faith of the pilgrims in to consideration, it was announced as Diocesan Shrine by archbishop the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Fernando on 18.12.2012. The annual feast of this Shrine is celebrated with pomp and glory every year from 29 August to 8 September.