The Amala Annai Capuchin Province, Northern Tamil Nadu consists of 145 professed brothers. Of them 96 are Priests. We have 18 houses spread in northern Tamil Nadu, two houses at our Mission land in Burkina Faso. We are also working in France, USA, Canada and Middle East.
We belong to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, one of the three branches of the Franciscan First Orders, founded by St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), to lead a life based completely on the idea of brotherhood, living the Gospel in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi combining the contemplative and active life and above all striving through self-sanctification to spread the kingdom of God on earth.
Our Province Statistics
Perpetually Professed Brothers – 116
Temporarily Professed Brothers – 32
Houses – 18 in Tamil Nadu
Mission at Burkina Faso (Africa), France, USA and Gulf Region.
Our Vision and Mission
We as lesser brothers follow the simple, humble and crucified Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of our Brother Francis of Assisi, living in fraternity, in solidarity with the poor, and striving for the integrity of creation. We commit ourselves to God through passionate Contemplation; bear witness to the Gospel in Fraternity and in Minority; work for a just and peaceful society and for the integral liberation of all, in preferential option for the poor and the marginalized and live in harmony with Mother nature and safeguard her rights.
Our ministry is primarily need based. We animate a few parishes, animate the Order of Secular Franciscans (Third Order Laypeople), take up Mission preaching, retreats, confessions and spiritual guidance. Spiritual Animation centres like Amalashram, Trichy, and Alverna, Yercaud are used for groups of people for spiritual renewal. Psychological Counselling is another ministry undertaken by our friars. The Fountain Institute at Krishnagiri conducts counselling and other psychological courses on regular basis. Our school at Arcot and a polytechnic at Rameshwaram are the centres for our education ministry. Our social work Centre –Udhayam at Trichy serves the society by offering driving trainning, computer courses, tailoring and spoken English. CLARES legal aid centre at Ponnagar, Trichy serves the poor for legal guidance and support. The Naturopathy Centre – Sangamam, Trichy trains people for nature friendly life style and provides nature based treatment.
Vocation camps are conducted during summer vacation for the boys who have completed their 10+2 standard. They are selected on the basis of their orientation, genuine desire, morality and sufficient intellect and skill. The selected candidates are taken into Aspirancy for one year. Then they enter Postulancy for one year as a preparation for Novitiate. In the third year they enter the Novitiate at the end of which they make their simple profession. Then follows three years of Philosophical studies, a year of regency and four more years of theology before they are ordained for Priesthood. The Ongoing formation continues for the priests time to time by way of seminars, retreats, renewal programs, heritage program, etc. The habit (Brown dress) is given at the time on entry into the Novitiate and at the end of the Novitiate they make their temporary profession for a period of one year. They renew their vows every year for about five times, after which they are allowed to make their perpetual profession. A capuchin life is a simple, but a joyful life, lived in fraternity and serves the most needy.