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ORDER OF CISTERCIANS OF THE STRICT OBSERVANCE

KURISUMALA ASHRAM

        Kurisumala Ashram, Vagamon was established in 1958 by Fr. Francis Acharya (Fermerly Francis Mahien) and Fr. Bede Grittitus under the diocese of Tiruvalla following an invitation by Most Rev. Zacharias Mar Athansios. Fr. Francis was a Cistercian (Frappist) monk from Belgium and Fr. Bede was a Benedictine monk from England. Their dream was to establish an immetured Christian Ashram following the lifestyle of Indian Sannyasis. Kurisumala Ashram was officially incorporated into the cictecian (Troppist) Order in 1998 and is now an Abbey of the Order. Kurisumala Ashram is presently the only monastery for monks in India belonging to the Cistercian Order.

Address:
Very Rev. Abbot Ishananda Machiyanckal & Community
Kurisumala Ashram
Vagamon P. O, Kottayam- 686 503
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