Mutholath Auditorium

Mutholath Auditorium is an air conditioned and beautifully designed auditorium available for the use of banquets, public meetings, conferences, and similar gatherings. It has sufficient parking and an open lower level for additional use. Its seating capacity in the main hall is 650. It is wheelchair accessible.

Mutholath Auditorium is located on the highway side of Ettumanoor Pala road at Cherpunkal village in Kottayam District, Kerala State, India. Its revenue is fully used for the maintenance of Good Samaritan Centre and Agape Bhavan at Cherpunkal. Both these institutions in the Mutholath Nagar in Cherpunkal serve the differently abled (disabled) and their families.

Mutholath Auditorium, Good Samaritan Centre for the deafblind, and Agape Bhavan for the physically and mentally disabled are run by Kottayam Social Service Society, the social service department of the Archdiocese of Kottayam. All these are located at Mutholath Nagar in Cherpunkal.

History

Based on the understanding reached by Fr. Abraham Mutholath and Fr. Michael Vettikkatt, the director of Kottayam Social Service Society (KSSS), Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt gave permission on September 10, 2014 to build Mutholath Auditorium in the premises of Good Samaritan Center with the full financial support of Fr. Abraham Mutholath. Mar Moolakkatt laid the foundation stone for the auditorium in September 2014. Fr. Mutholath met with Mar Mathew Moolakkatt in Chicago on September 26, 2014 to work out further details of the auditorium.

The reasoning behind the construction of this auditorium was as follows: Though Sense International was supporting the Deafblind programme at Good Samaritan Centre, KSSSS had to develop additional source of income for continued financial support of the centre. The availability of an auditorium there would serve for public gatherings of KSSS activities of the region and the income generated by renting the building for public needs would be a source of support and sustainability for the Samaritan Centre. As an auditorium for the public is a felt need at Cherpunkal, there was scope for the proposed auditorium. It could also be a Silver Jubilee Memorial of KSSS.

The construction of the auditorium progressed under the guidance of Vicar General Fr. Michael Vettikkatt, Diocesan Procurator Fr. Alex Akkapparambil, KSSS director Fr. Bins Chethalil and under the supervision of Fr. Sujith Kanjirathummoottil.

Major Archbishop of the Syro Malabar Church Mar George Cardinal Alencherry blessed and inaugurated this auditorium on 14th February 2017. His Grace Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt presided over the public meeting. Mar George Palliparambil, Bishop of Miao and Mons Joseph MLA spoke on the occasion.

In his inaugural speech Cardinal Mar George Alancherry request Mar Mathew Moolakkatt to name the Samaritan Campus as Mutholath Nagar. So after consultation with pastoral council, Mar Mathew Moolakkatt name the campus as Mutholath Nagar.

This air conditioned and beautifully furnished auditorium is used by the public for wedding banquets and KSSS is using it for social service meetings.

Outcome of the Centre

The local people wholeheartedly welcomed the institution. They are happy that the differently abled children and youth are taken care of in their midst while keeping up their relationship with their families and community. Considering the humanitarian aspect of the project, the architect of the building made his service a voluntary contribution. In the parents meeting of the students, some parents expressed their gratitude with emotion in offering such a service. Some of them shared how their burdens are lessened with the establishment of the institution, how the lifestyle of their children has changed, and how they are able to raise income for their families. The parents expressed their willingness to do voluntary service for the institution whenever they can do so.

  • Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, the Archbishop of Kottayam gave permission to construct Mutholath Auditorium.

  • Mar Mathew Moolakkatt laid the foundation stone for the auditorium.

  • Mar Mathew Moolakkatt and Fr. Abraham Mutholath made further plans for the auditorium project.

Videos

Videos of Mutholath Auditorium Inauguration on February 14, 2017.
Mutholath Auditorium at Cherpunkal, Promo Video

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