St. Benedict Bhavan F.C.Convent, Kizhaprayar

Place : Kizhaprayar
Established Year: 1972
Address: Kizhaprayar P. O Kottayam (Dt)
Pin: 686599
Phone: 04822 237032

Specially guided by the Holy Spirit and with the fervent desire to  live a very simple life four  sisters Sr. Cruz Mary (Vakakkad), Sr. Calixtus (Vakakkad), Sr. John Mary (Manjamattam), Sr. Emeediya (Kothamangalam)  approached the Superior General Mother Maurus, Provincial Superior Pala Rev. Mother Pius, Papal Delegate Rev. Fr. Hippolytus and opened their wish. First they were denied permission. Later, if someone was willing to give a building and land, then the authorities would grant permission, it was said.  Providentially, Thomman Varkey Vadakkekkara, father of  Brother Philip capuchin proposed his willingness to donate the building and the plot of land at Neeloor  to start the convent which was pleasing to the authorities. It was at the top of a hill.

On 16th July 1972 Rev. Fr. Thomas Vallavankott Vicar of Neeloor church blessed the convent and inaugurated it.  They lived the simple life style there.  To attend the holy Mass the sisters had to go down the hill  daily and had to climb steady up which was very exasperating and weary. So they were on the lookout for a plot of land near to the church.
Consequently, Rev. Fr. Vallavankott Vicar informed them about the possibility of starting a  convent in  Kizhaparayar as the people of that place were longing for a convent.  Karimpanal Kuttichettan donated the suitable land to start a convent. Thus the sisters shifted to  Kizhaparayar on 18th November 1973.
A new chapel was donated by Tharappel Pappachan Chettan on 27th August 1983.
But after the first members  it became difficult for the other sisters to continue this ascetic life style in its strict sense. So now the sisters live the ordinary life of the sisters in this convent.