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Shevapet Jayarakini Church Renovation

Plea to restore broken memorial in church

Shevapet Jayarakini Church in Salem

Shevapet Jayarakini Church in Salem

The Salem Historical Society has urged the administration of the Jayarakini Church, Sevvapet in the city, one of the oldest churches in this part of the State, to immediately restore the broken memorial of the missionary and Bishop of Salem, Rev. Dr. Henry A. Prunier (1889-1957), who was laid to rest on its premises.

The Society’s President J. Jayasingh and General Secretary J. Barnabas have expressed anguish over the damage to the tomb stone and memorial tablet of Prunier, who they say have done yeomen service to the people of the Stateand Salem.

They say this could have happened while the church renovation works were underway. The Society has traced them on the premises in three broken pieces. The Society, which has handed over a memorandum to the Bishop Rt. Rev. Singaroyan in this regard, has also pointed out that Salem was a place where missionaries played a vital role in promoting education besides spreading the Gospel since days of the first missionary Rev. Robert De Nobili who visited Salem in 15 {+t} {+h} century followed by French missionary of The Missions Estrangers De Paris, Rev Jean Abbe Dubois during 17 {+t} {+h} century.

With their initiatives, a small room in Chatram here was built for Parish Priests and later a church and bell tower was added in 1860. In 1949, the Bishop resigned due to ill health and was succeeded by Rev. V Selvanather. Bishop Emeritus Prunier died on March 1957 and was buried on the church premises.

A memorial was erected and it has become a place for pilgrimage, which the Society points out, has a cherished history of 388 years.

Source: The Hindu


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