Friday, July 24, 2015

St. Basil Ashram and Divine Karunalya, Mundukotta

 The friars are in the diocese of Malankara syrian diocese......there are five friars from this rite.....here they are catering to two parishes.....people around are all belonging to Malankara rite....

 The fraternity.....friars all young and active...
This friary was built for the purpose of accommodating the vocations from Malankara rite....today it is a retreat house .....many people come here for confessions and counseling...

Friars getting ready for Lunch....they share work here in the house...

The garden is abuzz with the sound of duck, turkeys and geese.....hens and fowls all over..

Dogs to protect all the birds from wild animals which always come looking for the soft targets....

The geese literally attacked me....they chase you.....

The friars of the community.....the guardian was absent as he is gone to visit his parents who live in America....

a Beautiful grotto...donated by a local donor who lives in overseas.....
There are fruit trees in the garden.....guavas and berries....
The friars have cultivated ginger....it is a delicate crop...you need a lot of care....this year the crop is not good though the price in the market is good....

88 year old neighbor who came to say hello to me....she spoke in Mallayam and i answered in Hindi....both didn't understand each other....she came to see me the next day morning.....

Papaya tree,,,,,it is season now...sweet and good for diabetic patients...they are now expensive in the market....
The friary entrance.....a neighbor who came see me ....her son is in the seminary and getting ordained next year....

The friars are all well accepted and appreciated by the neighbors .....they all come to visit the friars during the day......
Tri-rickshaw ........

The friars run a centre for the destitute.....they are all mentally challenged....some of them have no one ....all of them were found either at the bus stand or railway station....the centre was started by a lay person.....he has now handed over to the Capuchins...

There 15 men...who are well looked after....they are given medicines and good food....all charity by the local people....

This man cannot walk and the friars feed him every day.....

This is dormitory for the inmates.....

The friars and some volunteers do the works here....
The centre every day feeds 500 people...in the town....the food is cooked here and taken to the town.....
He cooks with love.....

The simple resident for the inmates and volunteers....

The pioneer....worked in gulf .....wife works as a teacher ....has only son....dedicated 20 years for the destitute.....
My visit was an encouragement to the friars and the founder.....he was happy to receive me....

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