Singamparai
Patron of Parish
Established On
Population
Catholic
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St. Paul
1931
89,640
5590
Vicairate : Ambasamuthiram
Church Name : St. Paul's Church
Parish Priest : Rev. Fr. Selvaraj M.
Asst. Parish Priest : Rev.Fr. Britto A. HGN
Address : St. Paul’s Church, Singamparai-627 601, Mukkudal (via) Tirunelveli District
District : Tirunelveli
Telephone : 04634-274569

Parish Priest

Brief history:


About 200 years ago the Catholic community converted by St. Francis Xavier and other Catholic community from Somantheperi came and settled in Mylapuram near Mukudal. The cash and conflicts between the two groups paved the way for the migration of the community and the creation of Singamparai. The Catholics from Somanthaperi bought the northern side of Mylapuram from a Muslim land-lord of Pettai and settled there with the help of Rev. Fr. Paul Nather, the visiting missionary. There after it was named as Singamparai. A small chapel was built here and the statue of St. Paul was installed in it, which was removed from the Church of St. Peter and Paul at Mylapuram. The origin of this new hamlet of Singamparai dates as far back as 1845. Till 1901 Singamparai was under the jurisdiction of Sendamaram during which period the Chapel was enlarged with a titled roof in 1894. Then it was included with Viravanallur, and Rev. Fr. Gabriel laid the foundation for the present Church in 1991. The construction of the Church was completed in 1929 by Rev. Fr. A. Couturier S.J. who also built up quarters for the priest. In 1931 Singamparai was made a separate parish and Rev. Fr. A. Couturier became the first parish priest. He sowed the seeds for good education by starting schools for boys and girls separately. In 1938 the sister of the Immaculate conception were brought from Madurai and they did their best for the betterment of the Parish. Indeed Fr. Couturier uplifted the undeveloped parish in so many ways. Rev. Fr. T. Kurian S.J. Rev. Fr. S.A. Antony Metha S.J. and M.V. Diaz served under Fr. Courturier as Assistant Parish Priest. His amicable and amicable character won the hearts of his parishes, and he was respected to such an extend that they celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his entrance in to the Society of Jesus in 1938 in a grand manner. Fr. Couturier was succeeded by Fr. R. Visuvasam in 1941. The successors were also successful in many aspects. This old Parish celebrated its Golden Jubilee during the time of Rev. Fr. S.L. Arulappan. All priest, who served there took the interest in improving the standard of people life. So many developmental work had been carried out. The school which was only middle, was upgraded up to 12th Standard. Thus the Female Literary was encouraged.

Succession of the Priests:

1. Fr. Alphonse Courturier 2. Fr. R. Visuvasam 3. Fr. Valentin Dias SJ. 4. Fr. J. Manala SJ. 5. Fr. K.S. Visuvasam 6. Fr. P.S. Antonysamy 7. Fr. R.S. Peter 8. Fr. A. Arulappar 9. Fr. M. Berchmans 10. Fr. S.L. Arulappan 11. Fr. M. Arul Ambrose 12. Fr. Lourduraj I. 13. Fr. Joachim 14. Fr. Annasamy 15. Fr. John Britto OSM 16. Fr. S.J. Lawrence, 17. Fr. Alocius Durairaj, 18. Fr. Jeyabalan A.,19.⦁ Fr. Selvaraj. M

Institution

  • St. Paul’s Higher Secondary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Singamparai
  • R.C. Middle School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Thalarkulam
  • R.C. Primary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Singamparai
  • R.C. Primary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Mukkudal
  • R.C. Primary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Mylapuram
  • St. Paul’s Nursery School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Singamparai
  • HGN Orphanage
    run by: - (HGN), Thalarkulam

Sub Station With Church

  • Mylapuram
  • Mukkudal
  • Sebastiarpuram
  • Pappakudi
  • Thalarkulam
  • Illandaikulam
  • Vellarkulam
  • Odaimarichan

Sub Station Without Church

  • Vattuvankulam
  • Karadikulam
  • Veeranarkulam
  • Kaliankulam
  • Kabalipari
  • Sivalarkulam
  • Sadayapuram
  • Udyanpulli
  • Kallur
  • Kuruvankottai

Pious

  • Society of Vincent De Paul
  • Nanmarana Sabai
  • Catholic Youth Association
  • Altar Boys & Girls Association
  • Our Lady’s Young Girls Association
  • Narkarunai Veerar Sabai
  • S.C.C. (Anbiam)

Relgious

  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception(CIC)
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