Mother Yohannah Charitable Society

 

It was begun with three sisters, Yohanna, Barbara and Juliana, in a small building near St. Lzarus Church, Chiralayam, Kunnamkulam in Thrissur District in 1960 with the permission and blessings from our fathers of blessed memory H.H. Mar Gevarghese II the third Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Church and H. G. Paulose Mar Severios, Metropolitan of the diocese of Cochin. After the demise of Paulose Mar Severios in 1962 H. G. Augen Mar Thimotheos of blessed memory the then Cathilicos Designate and the Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad conferred on the sisters the monastic Full Profession on 29th April,1963. In 1967 the sisters moved from Chirlayam to a small house and the land donated by Very Rev. Kakkasseril Joseph Corepiscopa at Adupputty Hills just 1 K.M. far from their old residence. They involved in teaching at M.J.D. school, tailoring and agriculture in their small piece of land for their livelihood. In ten years the numbers of the sisters were increased to 14. In1967 they could start an Aided U. P. School and in 1991 an Unaided L.P. School. Metropolitans Youhanon Mar Severios, Yakkob Mar Policarpos and Paulose Mar Milithios and Very Rev.Kakkasseril Joseph Corepiscopa helped this convent for their daily administration. The Founder and first mother superior of this convent Mother Yohannah expired and entered into eternal rest on 24th September 2002.After the term of convent's visitor bishop H. G. Zacharias Mar Anthonios, Metropolitan of the diocese of Cochin, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Metropolitan of the diocese of Kandanad West was appointed by the Catholicos as the new visitor bishop in September 2002. Sr. Barbara, one of the founder members of this convent was elected by the convent chapter and was appointed as New Mother superior by the visitor bishop. The convent could also start an Unaided High School in 2003 adjacent to their premises.

The chapter of the convent decided to start a home for the welfare of the mentally challenged and physically disabled women to perpetuate the loving memory of their founder Superior Mother Yohannah O. C. C. The foundation stone of this home for the poor and destitute of the society, KARUNALAYAM, was laid by the visitor bishop Dr. Mathews Mar Severios on 26th March 2003 in a piece of land owned by the convent adjacent to the new High School. A charitable trust by no: R. 781/2004 was registered with 18 members from all walks of life including the sisters of the convent. The visitor bishop is its President and Mother Superior will be its Vice-President. Senior sister, one of the founding members, was appointed as secretary of the trust. The ground floor of Karunalayam was consecrated and dedicated to the nation by H. H. Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, the then Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan on 8th October 2006. Three inmates were given admission on the day of inauguration. At present ten mentally challenged women inmates enjoy the loving service of the dedicated sisters Lovis and Thekkila in company of four other assistants. Other sisters of the convent regularly visit the home and share their time with the inmates. For every activity in their daily life like morning ablutions, exercises, dining, prayer etc. are done only with the help of others. Doctors from the hospitals in Kunnamulam often visit this home and render their valuable service in keeping the inmates healthy. There are benevolent people who support this institution wholeheartedly visiting the institution on special occasions in their life like marriage, wedding anniversary, baptism of their children etc. and dine with the children. We need more well wishers who could help generously this institution both for the construction of the next floor as well as for the recurring expenses of the inmates. Because of the lack of funds we are restricted to give admission to more inmates.