Parish Name: Arockia Annai Church
Vadimanagar, Vadipatty, Madurai dt., Tamil nadu
Our Lady of Good Health
Arockia Annai Church, Vadipatty, the first SVD parish in Tamil Nadu was started in October 10, 1993. Fr. Vijay Amal Raj SVD was the first parish priest. The presbytery was constructed in 1994 and the parish Church was completed and was blessed by His Grace Dr. M. Arockia Samy, the Archbishop of Madurai on June 6, 1999. Since then Dr. S. M. Mary John SVD is the Parish priest who developed the small Church into a renowned Church in Tamilnadu by his tireless and zealous ministry. He is followed by Fr. Blaise. Total population of Vadipatti is 30,600 in which we have 300 Catholics. We have four sub-stations namely, Alanganallur (total population 15,000 in which catholic population is 144), Kuravankulam (total population 3600, in which catholic population is 62), Mariammalkulam (total population 842, in which catholic population is 200) and Sanampatti, (total population 3630, in which catholic population is 83).
It was proclaimed by the parish priest Rev. Dr. Mary John SVD, on his own accord, that on Sept 8, 2001, there happened an oozing out of water (the miraculous holy spring -Yesuvin Arumarunthu) from the tiled floor of the Church just below the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother, the right side of the altar. Later this was considered a miracle and the holy water (pumped from this source) was offered to the pilgrims who throng to the church in thousands every week. This parish has emerged as the very important church that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Many pilgrims experience physical, spiritual and psychological healings. It attracts many Hindus and Muslims because of the powerful healing presence of Jesus in the liturgical services that are conducted with utmost pastoral care.
The annual feast of this Shrine is celebrated with pomp and glory every year from August 29th to September 08th.
This parish is entrusted to the pastoral care of the SVD fathers as per the contract entered by them with the Archdiocese of Madurai.
Succession of parish priests
Fr. Vijay Amirtha Raj
Fr. Mary John