Cahtolic Renewal Movement
The "Catholikka Puthuvazhvu iyakkam" (Catholic Renewal Movement) was inaugurated and blessed by the late Bishop of Palayamkottai The Most Reverend S. Irudayaraj on 1st October 1997 on the Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
It is a retreat centre and functioning from Puthuvazhvu Nagar, Mathalampaarai, near Courtallam, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu.
Catholic Renewal Movement is a registered trust, mainly focus on enhancing the spiritual life of the people around the diocese of Playamkottai and out of the diocese of Palayamkottai. It is governed and guided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palayamkottai, since from the date of inauguration. The main task of the movement includes meeting with families, establishing and nourishing Prayer Cells, conducting Retreats, organizing vigil Prayers, evening Holy hour services, during feats and festivals. We are also offering counseling and prayer support to couples, adults, youth and for all those who are in need of spiritual help and guidance. We also publish monthly spiritual magazine to spread the Gospel and try to enhance the spiritual life of the people. Brother Irudayasamy a trained Cathechist is the founder of this organization and is backedup and encouraged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palayamkottai. Reverend Fr. Anna Samy is the spiritual director of the retreat center
In the year 2000, a property had been purchased near Mathalampaarai in the name of "Puthuvazhvu Trust". After acquiring the land a big hall and other required structures were constructed and have been conducting retreats on a regular basis. Also for the past several years, fasting Retreats, prayer services were conducted at the Christukula Ashram located at Courtallam, Mumbai, Chennai, Kovilpatti, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil.
Every first Saturday of the month, fasting prayers are held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Tirunelveli (Udayarpatti). On Wednesdays, Intercession Prayers and Healing Prayers are offered during the day and evenings. For more information about the various Retreats, Please check our "Retreats" page.