Punalur / India

After much prayer, study and discerning about beginning a ministry in India,
the MissionaryBenedictine Sisters of Tutzing responded
to the invitation of the Most Reverend Bishop MathiasKappil
of the mission diocese of Punalur, Kerala.
In November 1996, five sisters settled into atemporary residence at Villakudy.
After a suitable location was found on the outskirts of the city ofPunalur,
the monastery was constructed on one of the knoll in the Ghats Mountains.
In January 2000,
Shanti Nivas Monastery was blessed.
One year later the chapel was dedicated
by CardinalMeiser of Koln Diocese, Germany,
a significant benefactor among other for the edifice.
The community has grown to seventeen professed members
who following the commonmonastic life with the Liturgy of the Hours.