Patron of Parish
Established On
St. Francis xavier
Vicairate : Kovilpatti
Church Name : St. Xavier's Church
Parish Priest : Rev.Fr. Arul Nesamani
Asst. Parish Priest : -
Address : St. Francis Xavier Church, Vandanam-627 714 Kadambur Via, Thoothukudi Dt
District : Thoothukudi
Telephone : 0461-2262478

Parish Priest

Brief history:

Catholic people are said to from the time of St. Francis Xavier. In 1886 people started building the church. After much struggle church was built in 1905. In 1925 a Mandapam was added to the church. In 1950 a Sacrist building was added too. As the people grew in number, agricultural works were introduced. Priests from Kamanayakkanpatti were helping the liturgy. In 1964, Vandanam was erected as a Parish by Most Rev. Peter Leonard, Archbishop of Madurai. Theethampatty and Achankulam villages were added to Vandanam Parish. Rev. Fr. R.S. Arulanandam was the First parish priest. After him, about twelve parish priests have been here. Due to lack of Rain and transportation local people moved to various towns and cities.

Succession of the Priests:

1. Fr. R.S. Arulanandam 2. Fr. P.S. Antonysamy (interim) 3. Fr. Arockiasamy (interim) 4. Fr. Pushpanathar 5. Fr. John Meembillikavil SJ. 6. Fr. P. Gnanapragasam 7. Fr. T.A. Berchmans 8. Fr. P.M. D’Silva 9. Fr. M. Berchmans 10. Fr. S.A. Annasamy 11. Fr. James A. 12. Fr. T.Y. Rasaiah OSM (interim) 13. Fr. Rex Justin (interim) 14. Fr. Eugine David 15. Fr. Rex Justin (interim) 16. Fr. V.S. Antonyraj 17. Fr. T.A. Berchmans Fr. Sahayadasan N, Fr. Arul Nesamani


  • St. Xavier’s Middle School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Vandanam
  • R.C. Primary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Therkku Theethampatti
  • R.C. Primary School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Achankulam
  • St. Xavier’s Home for Children
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Vandanam
  • Nirmala Dispensary
    run by: Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (SMMI), Vandanam

Sub Station With Church

  • Therkku Theethampatti
  • Achankulam
  • Kadambur
  • Sivalingapuram

Sub Station Without Church

  • Therkku Vandanam
  • Onamakulam


  • Holy Childhood
  • Eucharistic Crusaders for Boys and Girls
  • St. Joseph’s Married Women Association
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  • Young Boys’ Association
  • S.C.C. (Anbiam)


  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate(SMMI)
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