21. BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF GRACE AND COMPASSION
GRACE AND COMPASSION PRIORY
VELLORE DIOCESE – LATIN RITE
Grace and Compassion Priory
57, Anna Salai
Tiruvannamalai – 606 601
Tel : 04175 252212
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Having established communities in England and set up new foundation in Sri Lanka, Mother Mary Garson, the Foundress of Grace and Compassion Benedictines, visited India in 1973. Sr. Pauline, the first Indian Sister who had been introduced to the Congregation by the late Rev. Fr. Amaldoss, the parish priest of Tirupattur, accompanied the foundress to India. After having inspected various locations to start a new foundation, Mother Mary chose Tiruvannamalai, wherein a place was offered by the late Rev. Fr. Capiaghi SDB, for the purpose of introducing a Catholic presence in this Hindu Shaivite Temple Town. The then bishop of Vellore willingly accorded approval for this foundation in this town which is also the place of Ramana Maharishi Ashram.
In 1975, the first Indian Community was formed with three sisters and seven aspirants in a rented house at Gandhi Nagar, Tiruvannamalai. By 1977, it was moved into the first Convent which had been built with its own Clinic, Farm and Old People’s Home. The activities of the House have expanded over the course of time to meet the needs of the local people and it now runs a Creche, a Hospital, a Mobile Clinic, Arts and Craft Centre and a Technical and Tailoring Institute. The community has also grown in numbers and the Convent has been raised to the status of a Priory with four other Houses under its jurisdiction. The present Prioress General Rev. Sr. Kathy Yeeles resides at Grace and Compassion Convent, 57, Surrenden Road, Brighton, England.
The names of the Community Members, their date of birth and date of First Profession are as follows :
Sr. Metilda George
Prioress (Appointed - 08.12.2009)
Solemnly Professed - 25, Simple Professed - 2, Total - 27
LOCATION AND ROUTES
It is situated on the North side of Anna Salai, opposite to Ulaga Matha Church.
By Car :
From NH 45, turn west at Tindivanam and follow signs for Gingee and Tiruvannamalai.
By Train :
Take a train to Katpadi or Villupuram and take a bus to Tiruvannamalai. The from the bus station take an auto to the Priory.
By Bus :
From the Main Bus Station take an auto to the Priory.
By Air :
The nearest airport is Chennai (198 kms). After arriving take a train or bus to Villupuram or Tiruvannamalai and follow the direction “By Car” or “By Bus”.