The programmes of the Karunalayam
The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament consisting of Priests and Brothers had a humble beginning in Chennai in the year 1979, through the pioneering effort of Fr.K.Y.Anthony. Fr. McKenna, then superior, supported the journey in the southern part of India to nurture vocations for the Eucharistic mission. When the number of students kept increasing, Fr.K.Y Anthony met the need for a bigger place with help of the mother province, Australia and under the leadership of the Superior General and the Assistant General. Thus the present students’ house was established. The house was named as “cenacle”. It has housed aspirants, major seminarians and priests over the last 20 years or so. Karunalayam is an offshoot of this formation center and has so far several priests who are ready to welcome priests, religious and lay people for Eucharistic Evangelization. The Most Rt Rev Chinnappa himself suggested to call this center as Karunalayam, which means, “The abode of Compassion”.
For the past ten years there is a great development in this city of Chennai. People long for the word of God. They like to hear the word of God. Regular Sunday masses in the parishes are not satisfying their needs. They like Pentecostal sects for they give importance to the word of God. They express an anxiety over the hearing the word of God. The People particularly of the poor and middle class long for more spiritual food. A lot of people come to the Church and some conversions take place. There is a revival in the Catholic Church here. Hence the Society started organizing Charismatic prayer services to preach the word of God. The Archbishop of Madras Mylapore has seen the efforts of Blessed Sacrament Priests and Brothers personally and appreciates their missionary work. The work of Blessed Sacrament Society here has gone on for the past 11 years. More than 850 retreats preached, a number of prayer groups helped spiritually, counseling for more than 1500 people in this year alone-these are some of the highlight of the center. The Prayer Hall namely Karunalayam was initiated and built by Fr.M.I.Raj sss the Director and Fr.Punithan sss the administrator.
SPECIAL PRAYER SERVICE IS CONDUCTED FOR THE 10TH AND 12TH STUDENTS IN KARUNALAYAM
KARUNALAYAM – EUCHARISTIC PRAYER CENTRE
SMALL CHAPEL TO PRAY BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
HEALING SERVICE IN KARUNALAYAM
The programs of the Karunalayam