churches together in Leicestershire-furthering ecumenical cooperation

Trichy Link



In 2002 a link was established between Churches Together in Leicestershire and the Trichy Diocese of the Church of South India. This is an active link with numerous exchange visits and responsive prayer. Concerns include the Boxing Day tsunami of 2003, unfair trade practises on the tea estates, HIV/Aids and wider social justice issues with respect to the Dalits.

If you are interested please request a preacher/speaker for a Sunday service or a mid week meeting. A set of display panels and copies of a printed information leaflet are available on request.

'The management of the Trichy Link is through an ecumenical Exec. Group which meets 4 times a year, usually at the Vicarage Billesdon. We are supported by many friends and members involved with  Churches Together in Leicestershire.


Chair of Link Group:

Mr Jonathan Kerry, CEO, Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Leicester and Cathedral Administrator.
Address: St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ

Secretary of the Link Group
Sheila Yates.  e-mail:

Background Information

Document of Mutual Understanding signed in Leicester Cathedral in September 2002

Trichy Link Prayer

Trichy Leaflet:  Page 1  Page 2

(Please note: The pages above are in pdf format. To open them you will need to have a Adobe Reader installed. This can be downloaded and installed for free from the Adobe website here)



The Warden of CSI Shanthi Nilayam Hostel, Vengamedu, Karur writes to us.

CSI Shanthi Nilayam was started in 1981 to care for those children affected by Leprosy and HIV/AIDS. Many hundreds of children have benefited from this project and are well settled in their life. Some of them are now working in UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Others have settled in major cities of Tamil Nadu. According to the Government statistic leprosy has been eradicated in India.

However it is estimated that  3.5% of children in India have been orphaned by AIDS and children of the HIV/AIDS patients are without proper care and this orphan population will increase during the next decade. India’s epidemic is concentrated in some 200 districts, most of them in six of the country’s 28 states – namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu  – where HIV-prevalence is more than one percent. It is likely that for every child who is infected there are another fifty who have an HIV-positive parent or who have been orphaned by AIDS.

Namakal, Thirupur and Karur in Tamilnadu are well known industrial areas where knitting, transport, bus-body building companies, mosquito mat weaving factories and textiles are produced.  

The Home shifted its interest to care the children of the HIV/AIDS (only HIV negative children) patients in 2007, At present there are 40 children (27 Boys and 13 girls) staying in our home.  They are studying from 1st standard to 12th standard.  Most of the children have lost their father and some their mother. As the parents got infected they could not work hard to earn enough to support their children.   These children were affected by malnutrition  and  need proper food and health care.
Furthermore we need to give them proper  shelter, clothing, spiritual care and counselling as they are badly affected by social stigma.
The Warden 

Great progress at the Children's hostel in Tamil Nadu

Thanks to your support the number of children now being cared for at the Karur Children's Hostel has risen from 21 a year ago to 40
This is a great milestone. Well done.
Some are as young as 5 years old.
Without the hostel they would be in desperate circumstances
Thank you very much for your help
The hostel has room for another 10 children, so we still need to provide financial help - so keep going
Glen Arnold


On April 16th Revd. Suresh Kumar wrote;

Dear Friends, Greetings.
By the grace of God, Our diocesan council which held from 12th to 15th April was peaceful and complete.
New officers were elected properly and the following are the newly elected office bearers:
Rev. A. Suresh Kumar - clerical secretary
Dr. Paul Dhayabaran - Lay secretary
Lt.Col. Immanuel - Diocesan Treasurer
Rev. Gunajothimani - Area dean for Trichy
Rev. T.S. Pandian - Area dean for Tanjore
Rev. Sudharsan - Area Dean for Perambalur
Rev. Babu Alexander - Area dean for Karur
Rev. Samuel Rajadurai - Area Dean for Dharapuram
Rev. Dharmaraj - Area dean for Valparai.
The council also elected a very supportive executive committee for the Bishop.
It was a marathon and full of twists and turns. Until yesterday 1pm, - the time new officers were installed - nothing was certain. However God's rule prevailed.
Please continue to pray for us.
kind regards
Rev. A. Suresh Kumar
Presbyter of St.Paul's Church Woraiyur, Trichy 620003 Link