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OUR PATRON ARUL ANANDAR

St.John de Britto

St.John de Britto, Patron of the college is one of the many Jesuit Missionaries who came to India and worked for the Madurai Mission. Born in Lisbon in 1647 in a wealthy and aristocratic family and brought up in a rich and royal atmosphere, he became a Jesuit and volunteered to go to India in September 1673. Brilliant and young Britto was offered a professorial chair at a college in Goa but he preferred to come to Madurai and work in the interior villages. Between 1675 and 1687 he dressed himself as an Indian sannyasi (Pandaraswamy) and visited many places as Arulanandarsamy, eating only vegetarian food on plantain leaf, and squatting on the floor for study and teaching. He entered the kingdom of the Maravas, the present Ramnad and Sivaganga districts and began his work among them. Great opposition, resistance and persecution were his rewards, which he faced with a gentle smile. He had the courage to condemn the wrong doings of both the mighty and the lowly. The conversion of Prince Thadiya Thevar incensed his enemies to persecute him and he was beheaded at Oriyur on February 4, 1693. His very name ´┐ŻArul Anandar´┐Ż means one who is filled with the grace and joy of Lord which he manifested by his service to humanity and perseverance in suffering.He continues to inspire all through his dedication, devotion and determination, exhibiting grace and joy.

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