Historical Note

Two or three generations before, the Arunthathiyars of this vicinity embraced Christianity in protest to inhumane caste discrimination they faced with. To safeguard and nurture the Christian faith, there arose a need of separate parish wherein they would be catechised and which resulted in bifurcation from Mekkalur parish.  Thus, the Jesuit run parish of Kilpennathur became a parish in 1999 and the first one to become a Parish Priest was Fr R. Arockiaraj who had toiled in that area for more than a decade and then the parish is managed by the Jesuits. Since the vast majority of the faithful (99.9%) are Arunthathiyars, it was a fitting venture in implementing the option of the Jesuit Madurai Province.



Catholic Arunthathiyars (99.9%)


240 families – 1120 people



  • Parish Council (PC)
  • Basic Christian Communities (BCC)
  • VBS
  • Catechism
  • Faith Formation for Alter Servers
  • Choir Group
  • Youth Animation (YA)
  • Lenten Retreats
  • Lenten Pilgrimages
  • Carols
  • Celebration of Feast at Parish and Substations
  • Veeramagai Ilampengal Iyakkam (Youth Movement for Girls)
  • Arunthathiyar Makkal Nala Urimai Sangam
  • Star Ilaignar Iyakkam (Youth Movement for Boys)
  • Sofa Thozhilalar Nala Sangam Tamilnadu (Sofa Workers Welfare Association Tamilnadu)



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