Project 3120 - Renewal of the Church Roof
Benedictine Nuns of Kappadu (Kerala, India)
The Benedictine abbey of St. Thomas belongs to the Benedictine congregation of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The monastery of Kappadu was founded under the Syro-Malabar rite by three monks of the Benedictine monastery of Asirvanam (Bangalore), which is a foundation of the Abbey of Saint Andrew (Bruges, Belgium).
The current church was completed in 2000 and dedicated on December 31, 2000. A guesthouse with thirty-three independent rooms and a spacious refectory was built almost simultaneously. The monastery was raised Kappadu to the rank of abbey on the occasion of the General Chapter of the Congregation in 2004.
In addition to Kappadu, the community has five other smaller houses. These homes have been developed over the last ten years. Not all are foundations established canonically, but rather houses of formation. There are in each house two or three monks, watching carefully over a group of candidates. This project was launched for three reasons: to facilitate the training of candidates who are often very young (the postulate lasts three years); Strengthening financial sustainability: Since agriculture is the main source of income, small communities with sufficient land and good farming are more likely to be financially self-sufficient. To spread this kind of Benedictine life in other dioceses of Kerala.
By 2015, the community comprised forty-four brothers, including thirty-three monks in solemn vows, six brothers having made temporary vows and five novices.
The guesthouse of Kappadu responds to the needs of the local Church. People come for retreats, in groups or individually. The nuns organise study-programmes, especially biblical courses, for priests, religious and laity. The participants meet with the nuns and ask for direction. The monastery has a large plantation of rubber trees, and also produces pepper. One of its houses has a large plantation of Cardamon.
Under the strong rainfall and extreme heat the roof of the chapel and the monastery is progressively degrading : tiles are falling off, vegetation is working into the joints. In addition the roof of the chapel is a single spread of concrete without any opening, because of lack of funds at the time of construction. Openings would have been able to moderate the extreme heat and also reduce the degradation of the tiles. Renovation of the most damaged parts is urgent, removal of the tiles, cleaning and replacement of the tiles. Four openings in the roof of the chapel will provide a system to regulate the heat.
Requested amount: €14,000