from ONE

What’s Cooking in Kerala
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
A diverse people share a sophisticated palate

Changing Lives in Northern Kerala
by Sean Sprague and Jomi Thomas
(From ONE magazine November 2007)
A Syro-Malabar charity reaches the poor in remote Kerala

Prison Ministry In Kerala
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May 2006)
Ex-convicts get their lives back on track in India

One Day At a Time In Kerala
text by Paul Wachter
photographs by Cody Christopulos
(From ONE magazine July 2005)
Kerala, known as “God’s Own Country,” has an alcohol problem

Kerala’s Daughters
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine November 2004)
Resilience and courage motivate Kerala’s Daughters of St. Thomas

Meals-Ready! The Food of Kerala
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2001)
Cuisine from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala is an explosion of tastes, smells and textures.

Tried and True Traditions of Kerala’s Christians
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2001)
India’s Eastern Christians practice rites and rituals that blend India’s ancient culture and Syrian Christian tradition.

Kerala’s Bittersweet Phenomenon
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine September 2008)
Emigration fuels a local economy, but strains family ties

River Life in India
photographs by Cody Christopulos
with text by Paul Wachter
(From ONE magazine January 2006)
A photographic journey through central Kerala’s lush rivers

Waste Is Wealth
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
A Catholic initiative to fight poverty and manage waste

Restoring Peace of Mind in Kerala
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine May 2011)
India’s churches fill the gap in mental health care

A Wounded Land
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
As Kerala’s agriculture collapses, some farmers turn to organic methods

Keeping Up With the Times
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine January 2010)
Kerala’s churches cope with economic and social upheaval

Rain Rich, Water Poor
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine May 2010)
In India’s tropical state of Kerala, residents are thirsty

Fearless Grace
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine July 2010)
The Deivadan Sisters shelter Kerala’s abandoned

Full of Grace
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine November 2010)
Sisters restore life to those living with AIDS

Redefining Retirement
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine March 2009)
Kerala’s priests carry on

Purakkad’s Natural Harmony
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine May 2009)
Images capture life in a sleepy village as modernization looms

Kerala’s Saving Grace
story and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
Community of sisters nurtures the lives of society’s outcasts

A Priest With Global Reach
by Jomi Thomas and Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A pastor in southern India tackles unemployment and poverty

Harvesting the Rain
by Sean Sprague and Jomi Thomas
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
Despite its lush climate, Kerala has a water problem

Santhithadam: Kerala’s Brave New Frontier
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2003)
Remote Indian valley is now home to a band of Christian pioneers

Ancient Christians, Modern Mission
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2002)
Southists in Kerala, India, merge past and present.

Indian Energizers
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East November – December 2000)
In a land of more than one billion, the sisters of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel adjust their tireless work to the changing needs of the time.

Volunteerism at Work
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1999)
Dedicated volunteers lead the health care initiatives of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

Healing Kerala’s Health Care
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine September 2011)
The church fills gaps in India’s admired health care system

God’s Work in Kerala: Caring for the Aged
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1998)
India’s Nirmala Dasi Sisters persevere in their work with elderly.

The Fulfillment of a Cherished Dream
by the Rev. Dr. Varghese Ottathengil
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1996)
St. Mary’s Syro-Malankara Seminary in Trivandrum hasn’t had it easy, but it survives as an institution supporting a blended study of Christianity and Indian spirituality.

Passing Through Kerala
by Kamini Desai Sanghvi
photos by Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
A visit to some of CNEWA’s projects in Kerala.

Benedict Mar Gregorios, India’s Renaissance Man
text and photos by Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
A profile of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Archbishop of Trivandrum.

The Timeless Allure of Kerala
text and photos by Claire Rydell
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
The southwest coast of India, home to a rich, colorful culture, has always welcomed outsiders seeking its wealth.

A Little Sister for Savio Boys Town
by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1986)
In the southwestern state of Kerala in India, a little girl brings a new dose of compassion – and curiosity – to an orphanage for boys.

A Church of Their Own
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE January 2012)
Migrants from Kerala build church and community in Mumbai

Growing Strong: The Diocese of Trichur
by Rev. Thomas Kizhoor
photos: The Diocese of Trichur
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1979)
Christians in southwestern India find success with a little help from the Father of the Poor.

from News

Kerala Parish Offers Incentives to Families
Catholic News Service (1 September 2011)
KALPETTA, India (CNS) — A parish in India’s Kerala state has instituted incentives to encourage families to have more children amid worries that the Catholic population in the area has begun to drop.

Keralite Nun and Advocate of Tribal Rights Killed
Catholic News Service (17 November 2011)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — Church leaders in Kerala state have expressed shock and outrage over the killing of Sister Valsa John, who campaigned for tribal rights in eastern India.

CNEWA President on Indian Vocations
Catholic News Service (16 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Vocations to the priesthood and religious life in India’s two Eastern Catholic communities are strong and a sign that the missionary spirit of St. Thomas the Apostle flourishes, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

Bishops in India Promote Green Energy
Catholic News Service (15 June 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The Catholic Church in Kerala state has adopted a new conservation policy to help fight a “looming environment crisis.”

Kerala Bishops Promote Environmental Protection
Catholic News Service (13 August 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — Environmental protection is “an expression of faith in God,” said the bishops of Kerala state.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: Kerala's Water Woes
Locals living near Kerala's Idukki Dam, the largest of its kind in Asia, collect water at a well. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Praying in Purakkad
Young parishioners at Holy Cross Church, in the Keralite village of Purakkad, take part in perpetual adoration. Of Purakkad's 6,500 families, some 340 more than 1,500 individuals in all belong to Holy Cross parish. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Sisters at the Well
Sisters of the Formation House of Medical Sisters of St. Joseph in Kothamangalam (Kerala, India) fill water buckets for the evening wash. (photo: Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

Picture of the Day: Hail Mary
A relative of a patient at Amala Hospital in Kerala, India, prays in the candle-lit Grotto located near the main entrance to the hospital grounds. The hospital is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Embracing Change
In this unpublished photo from the story, A Wounded Land, a boy plays in the rice paddy field by Kuttanadu, Kerala. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: A Sacred Healing Place
Sister Lisi Valloppally, a registered nurse, cares for HIV infected adults at the Grace Home in Kerala. If patients need emergency care or hospitalization, they are sent to the Medical College of Trichur just a few kilometers away. (photo: Peter Lem

Picture of the Day: A Joyful Noise
A student band performs at a school and home for the deaf and blind run by the Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Thalayolaparambu, a village in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

Picture of the Day: Catch of the Day
Boys watch at the shore as a boat of fishermen heads out to sea in Kerala, India. (photo: Luke Golobitsch)

Picture of the Day: Hat's Off to India's Priests
Boys at Bhorathannoor Ambeaker Harigen Colony show off hats the village sells in larger towns. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: One Big Family
St. Joseph's girls perform a traditional Keralite dance. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Making a Better Life in Kerala
Mr. and Mrs. Mathew prepare dinner while Jiya plays with her grandmother. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Bishops in Kerala May List Drinking as a Sin
To battle growing rates of alcoholism in Kerala, the Temperance Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council argues that drinking should be counted as a sin.

Picture of the Day: Keralites Calling Mumbai Home
The Eparchy of Kalyan's dance troupe rehearses a traditional Keralite routine during an annual celebration for mothers' groups in Mumbai.

Picture of the Day: A Keralite Priest in Mumbai
Father Francis Eluvathingal performs a wedding ceremony at the Jyotis Care Center in Navi Mumbai. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: A Window to the Future
A woman stands in the window pane of her future home in the Eparchy of Trivandrum in Kerala, built with funds raised by CNEWA. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: St. Joseph's Daughters
A resident of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Pulincunnoo, Kerala studies for class. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: India's Sisters of Grace
Nirmala Dasi sisters walk with young patients on the grounds of Grace Home in Trichur, India. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: Steps for Success
Residents of Palai Girls' Town in Kerala perform on stage. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: Going Home
A mother and child visit the site where their new home will be built in the village of Podiyattuvila, Kerala .(photo: John E. Koza

Picture of the Day: Kerala's Biggest Citizens
In this photo taken in 2009, an Elephant is adorned and presented during a temple festival in Irinjalakuda, Kerala. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Mary's Month
In this photo taken in 2008, people attending a retreat in Purakkad, Kerala pray at shrine devoted to Mary. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Friends for Life
Residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage take a break from classes. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Meet the Spice Girls
Workers at Orient Spice Company clean raw turmeric before processing. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Awakening the Senses in Cochin
Workers at a spice factory in Cochin clean cloves before processing. Cochin is the hub of Kerala's spice trade. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: A Saint's Legacy in India
Following the footsteps of St. Thomas, Indian pilgrims climb Mount Malayattur. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: A Second Chance at Life
family stands outside their home, which the prison ministry helped build, in Paracode, a village near Ernakulum. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Happy to be Home
A resident of St. Anne's Orphanage in Trichur, Kerala, enjoys playtime. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: Urbanization in Kerala
Kerala's rapid urbanization often leaves behind impoverished Dalit communities, such as this one in the rural south. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: Going Green in Kerala
A worker cleans a wind-powered generator at the Renewable Energy Center in Mithradham, India’s first solar-powered educational facility. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: "Eager to Serve the Poor and Sick"
In this photo from 1998, novices of the Bethany community pray in their chapel near Kottayam, India. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: A Musical Welcome
A marching band of special needs young adults welcomed Msgr. Kozar during his visit to the parish of St. Thomas in Kanamala, Kerala, India. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Onam
What, exactly, is Onam? Glad you asked.

Picture of the Day: Prayer Is a Part of Culture
Staff and patients attend the evening liturgy at the Amala Hospital chapel in Trissur, Kerala. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Keralites Maintain Tradition in Mumbai
A dance group from Mumbai's Syro-Malabar Catholic eparchy rehearse a traditional Keralite routine backstage at an annual festival. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: A Priest With Global Reach
Despite his busy schedule, Father Jose is always available to his parishioners. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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More CNEWA Cardinals
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the naming of six new cardinals, including two with whom CNEWA works closely.

Picture of the Day: Threads of Life
In 2007, Sister Christian Molidor traveled to southern India.

Picture of the Day: Giving Back
Kirti Lawrence, a resident of the Ashraya Home, prays the rosary. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Feast of Lights
The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours in Thrissur, India, is decorated in colorful lights on 25 November for the annual feast marking the consecration of the church. (photo: CNS/Anto Akkara)

Picture of the Day: Fearless Grace
Sister Jiji Puthuparambil, DDS, makes her nightly rounds in the female ward of Deivadan Center in Kerala, India. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

India Produces First Film About Jesus in Hindi
The six-hour epic was produced by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra in Indore and will be broadcast nation-wide as a TV series.

Picture of the Day: Daughters of Hope
The girls being cared for at St. Joseph's in Kerala look forward to a brighter future. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Young Pioneer
A child prays during liturgy in Santhithadam, India. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: Kerala's Daughters
Sisters who belong to India's Daughters of St. Thomas process at the beginning of the liturgy at their novitiate near Palai.

Picture of the Day: No Place Like Home
Mary Mathai and her son inspect their new home as it nears completion. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: A Time to Dance
Some of the students at St. Joseph's Orphanage in Kerala, India find time not only to study but also to dance. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Energized by Prayer
In India, novices of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel gather for morning prayer. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Kicking Addiction
Recovering addicts attend a morning yoga class at the detoxification clinic in Kerala. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

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Picture of the Day: Passing On the Faith in Palayur
Godmothers in Palayur, India, get ready for group baptism on the ‘First Sunday.’ (photo: Jose Jacob)

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Picture of the Day: Seeing Double
Some of the more than 500 sets of twins are seen on 19 June taking part in the feast of Sts. Gervasis and Prothasis.

Picture of the Day: Left Behind
Yesterday, our daily news summary noted the phenomenon of nurses leaving Kerala for better salaries abroad.

Picture of the Day: What’s for Lunch?
A senior chef and his students at the Naipunya Institute proudly exhibit their entrees. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: The Body of Christ
Father Paul Achandy offers the Eucharist to patients at the Amala Hospital in Trichur, India. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: In Treatment in Kerala
Men gather for class in Navachaithanya, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center established in 1991 by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Irinjalakuda, in Kerala. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

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Picture of the Day: Sisters in Short Supply
Young residents sit down for a meal at the Mother Mary Home for Girls, an orphanage run by Syro-Malabar Catholic Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Kerala. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: Join Us!
Young sisters are seen joking and laughing as they walk near their convent in Bharanaganm, Kottayam, Kerala, India. India is facing new challenges in trying to attract young people to religious life. (photo: John Mathew)

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Picture of the Day: Caring for Kids in Cochin
A student greets a visitor at a school for children with special needs in Koonammavu, a suburb of Cochin, in Kerala. (photo: John E. Kozar)