Kanyakumari, India: Amaithiaham, located in the rural Kanyakumari district, has been a symbol of Indian spiritual tradition and Christian spirituality since its inception. The ashram, established on 49 acres of arid land at Erachakulam, was purchased by the Province of Chennai in 1988 with the aim of achieving self-sufficiency.
The Province of Chennai has been committed to its pastoral ministry and has taken a step further in its efforts by upgrading Amaithiaham to the status of ‘House’ on 16th October 2020. The move aimed to expand the ashram’s reach and provide a spiritual space to more people.
The ashram has been a place of worship, reflection, and contemplation for the local community. However, the old chapel as a hut could have been more conducive to prayer, and the community felt the need for a new chapel to create a more spiritual atmosphere. The community’s need was finally fulfilled on 20th February 2023 when Most Rev. Nazarene Soosai, the Bishop of Kottar, blessed the new chapel. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Rev. Fr. S. Jesu Doss CMF, the Provincial Superior of the Province of Chennai.
The new chapel symbolizes the community’s devotion and commitment to spiritual growth. The beautiful and spacious chapel is a welcoming place for people from all walks of life to come and experience peace, serenity, and spiritual solace. The inauguration of the new chapel is a testament to the Province of Chennai’s commitment to its pastoral ministry and its efforts to provide a spiritual space to the local community. Amaithiaham continues to be an inspiring and meaningful place for people to connect with their spiritual selves and find a deeper meaning in life.