Agarakattu
Patron of Parish
Established On
Population
Catholic
:
:
:
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St. Anthony of Padua
21.07.2001
34,640
2500
Vicairate : Tenkasi
Church Name : St. Antony's church
Parish Priest : Rev.Fr. Selvaraj L
Asst. Parish Priest : -
Address : St. Antony’s Church, Agarakattu, Ayikudi Via, Tirunelveli Dt-627 852
District : Tirunelveli
Telephone : 04633-267817

Parish Priest

Brief history:


Once upon a time, Ayikudi was a big Village Mainly occupied and dominated by Brahmins. Around 150 years ago, these Brahmins in order to procure the necessary palm leaves for writing, maintaining the records, brought these Nadar Community People from Moolakadu near to Thiruchendur. Thus they had migrated from that remote area and settled here in Agarakattu among those high caste Brahmins. Initially they eve out their livelihood from taping toddy and making palm-sugar. Later they learnt agriculture and became land owners. Evertudly the Scheduled caste people too came and settled in Agarakattu as laborers in their field. Though a densely catholic populated village. It is only on 2001, seeing the dire need to improve the spiritual life of this village, made as separate parish. Bishop approached the society of the Divine word to take up Agarakattu as a mission parish. The Bishop of Palayamkottai, Most Rev. Jude Paulraj entered into a contract with SVDs and created this New Missing Parish on 21st July 2001 with 13 substations. Fr. S. Arulraj, the P.P. of Tenkasi has taken much effort to make Agarakattu as separate Parish. Fr. G. Paul Jeyakumar SVD was the first Parish Priest. 

Succession of the Priests:

1. Fr. Paul Jeyakumar SVD, 2. Fr. Anthu Joseph SVD, 3. Fr.Antony Viagappan C, 4.Fr. Selvaraj L.

Institution

  • St. Antony’s High School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Agarakattu
  • Sacred Heart Dispensary
    run by: Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus (SSHJ),

Sub Station With Church

  • Achanputhur
  • Poigai
  • Kodikurichy
  • Periyar Colony

Sub Station Without Church

  • Nainakaram
  • Idaikal
  • Sambavarvadakarai
  • Aaikudi
  • Kambili
  • Kodikurichy

Pious

  • Thiru Iruthaya Nanbargal
  • Motcha Rakkini Association
  • Society of Vincent de Paul Catechism Academy
  • S.C.C. (Anbiam)
  • Youth Association

Relgious

  • Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus(SSHJ)
  • Society of the Divine word (SVD).
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