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Montfort Centenary Academy, Palayaseevaram

The community of St. Joseph’s schools, chengalpattu, (Bros. Selvanathan, Antonysamy R, Rozario, easudoss and Innasi Asir) was interested in the general feeling that evolved at the Province level to own some land. So the community was on the lookout and spotted a property measuring about 15 acres of land on the banks of river Palar at Palayaseevaram on the Chengalpattu – Kanchipuram main road. The second Provincial Chapter asked the administration to study the possibility of starting a centenary project at Palayaseevaram.

The Local community presented a comprehensive master plan to start an integrated school to provide education to disabled and to the normal children by providing matriculation level education. The provincial administration studied the proposal and the project and it was satisfied with the objectives of the mission. The project was accepted as a province project to mark the centenary of the brothers in India. Money was sanctioned from the province and the local community was requested to look into the construction aspect of it. On 14th September 2002, on the feast of the Exaltation of the cross, the foundation stone was blessed by Most Rev. Neethinathan, the first Bishop of Chengalpattu diocese and laid by Rev. Bro. Rene Delorme, the Superior General, in the presence of rev. Bro. Sirichai Foenseka, the assistant general. The construction works progressed steadily and three buildings: Brothers’ quarters, Primary School and Hostel for the disabled children, were ready within a year.

On 28th April, the feast of St. Montfort, the buildings were blessed by the Vicar General of the diocese and inaugurated by provincial administration. Thus another new community was erected in June 2003 with Bro. Selvanathan as local superior and Bros. Paneer Selvam and Amal Amad as members. The school was opened on 2nd June 2003 with 80 students, of whom 8 were disabled. One of the main mission objectives of this institution was to provide free education and accommodation to the disabled children from the revenue got from the matriculation school. It is envisaged that the master plan of this centenary project would be completed in 2007-08 when it would be upgraded into a full fledged higher secondary school.