The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition were invited
to the diocese of Tuticorin at Virapandian Pattanam, by Bishop Most Rev. Yvon Ambroise,
on 18th Feb.2009 for Education.
We had about ten acres of land at Virapandian Pattanam
which was purchased in the year 1999 during the time of Sr.Philomina Samuel.
The Pioneers are Sr. Pyari Hassa, Sr. Jacintha and Sr. Quinita D'Souza.
Virapandian Patnam, a tiny village situated on the South West coast of India
near Thiruchendur, Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu
is also loveably called by the locals as "Veeriampathy" or Pattanam.
Though many of the villagers are now into various other business and occupations,
fishing and fish related business are the main sources of income among the people
who currently reside in this village.
The thick name 'Tiny Vatican' suits very well to this village as people
who live in this village are religious, peace loving and God fearing people.
This village is a very good example in many ways for other growing villages in India.
People who live here were converted to Roman Catholicism
by St. Francise Xavier a few hundred years ago.
The village is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.
It's location is that is less than 2km from Thiruchendur and about 10 km from Kayalpatnam.
On the way to Kayalpatnam the school is situated with the strength of 600 children until Xth Std.
Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition,
Station Road - Virapandian Patnam,
Tuticorin Dt., - 628 216 -
Phone No: +91 4639 245515