Benedictines Makkiyad Welcomes You

St. Joseph’s Benedictine Monastery is a Conventual Priory of the Order of St. Benedict of Montefano, known as the Sylvestrines, founded by St. Sylvester Guzzolini(1177-1267).The Mother House of the Congregation is Montefano, Fabriano, Italy.The Congregation was approved by the Holy See in the year 1248.

St. Joseph’s Benedictine Monastery was established in the year 1962 in the hill district of Wayanad, on the north-eastern part of the State of Kerala, India, which lies at a height of about 700 and 2100 meters above sea level and is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala State in India.

The Order of St. Benedict of Montefano, known today as Sylvestrine-Benedictines/Sylvestrines, is a member Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict (Ordo Sancti Benedicti)and is part of the Benedictine Confederation.

Message From Conventual Prior

Welcome to our cyberspace - "Benedictines Makkiyad" 

Our Lord said "No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see the light." (Luke 8:16); And again, "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16). Today's advanced means of Mass Communication offer us a great platform to reflect that light which God shines upon us.

Among them the World Wide Web is a great tool that connects the whole world and thereby makes communication easy as if in a small village. Hence we present this website before you to give glory to God who works in us and helps us to work according to His plan. May all who view this website be inspired to think about God and come closer to God. May the Holy Spirit help the viewers to let their God-given light shine before others for the glory of the Creator. 

Fr. Anselm Pallithazhath OSB

Our Monastery

St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery at Makkiyad belongs to the Sylvestrine Congregation, a monastic reform movement in the Benedicitne monastic world that took place in the eastern-central Italy

Founded in the year 1973 in the Arch Diocese of Bangalore, Karnataka State, Vanashram is a dependent house of St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery, Makkiyad.

Founded in the year 1982 in the Diocese of Gwalior, in the State of Madhya Pradesh, JeevanJyothi Ashram was a dependent house of St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery, Makkiyad.

Founded in the year 1992 in the Diocese of Kannur, Kerala State, Benhill Benedictine Monastery is a dependent house of St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery, Makkiyad.

Founded in the year 1999 in the Diocese of Dibrugarh, in the North Easter State of Assam, AshirsadanBenedicitne Monastery is a dependent house of St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery

Founded in the year 1987 in the Diocese of Vijayawada, in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Navajeevan Benedictine Monastery was a dependent house and a foundation of St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery.

Todays Message
“Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.” The Rule of Saint Benedict Weapon against the temptations of the evil one
Elijah's Horeb experience reminds us that God doesn't shout; He only whispers. One can listen to Him only when the heart & mind are silent. External silence helps too Elijah's model of God experience