Heralds of Good News - Mary Queen of Apostles Province



Birthday Events

29-04-2014 - Tue
Rev. Fr. A. Irudaya Joseph Raj

30-04-2014 - Wed
Rev. Fr. P. Watson

04-05-2014 - Sun
Rev. Fr. M. David Milton

05-05-2014 - Mon
Rev. Fr. C.S. Gnana Sekar

05-05-2014 - Mon
Rev. Fr. L. Amal Raj

05-05-2014 - Mon
Rev. Fr. A. Silvester

10-05-2014 - Sat
Rev. Fr. A. Arockia Raj

10-05-2014 - Sat
Rev. Fr. P. Belevendira Raj (Philomin Raj)

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Welcome to Mary Queen of Apostles Province

Provincial Superior

As part of reorganization of the Society of Heralds of Good News, three provinces including the Mary Queen of Apostles Province, were erected in August, 2008. The provincial assembly was held from 15th August 2008 to 17th August 2008. The provincial Assembly elected its leaders.

They are as follows:

01 Provincial Fr. K. Arokiadass
02 Vice Provincial Fr. A. Francis
03 Councillors Fr. Thomas Selvaraj, Fr. M. Ignatius & Fr. Alex Ravindran
04 Provincial Treasurer Fr. Savarinayagam
05 Provincial Secretary Fr. Leo Arockia Raj

During the course of the assembly, the provincial Directory was passed by the members with few corrections. The assembly also witnessed the naming of various commissions headed by the Provincial Team. The first meeting of these commissions were held on 27th August 2008, at Poonamallee House.

Note: Rev. Fr. M. Ignatius was made vice-provincial after the election of Rev. Fr. A. Francis as the Superior General and Rev. Fr. L. John Charles was made the third councillor.



  • Vocation Promotion, Formation and Ongoing Formation Commission
  • Mission and Apostolate Commission
  • Education Commission
  • Property & Finance Commission
  • Fund Raising Commission
  • Planning & Reviewing Commission

Inauguration of the Province

The official inauguration of the Province of Mary Queen of Apostles was held on 11th October 2008 at Heralds of Good News Seminary, Melavalady. There were nearly 50 priests, few religious and lay collaborators for the programme. We had the solemn Eucharistic Celebration, presided over by his grace Most. Rev. Agnelo, our Pontifical Commissary, concelebrated by Rev. Msgr. Peter Francis, the Vicar General of Kumbakonam Diocese, the provincial team, neighbouring priests, religious and our beloved priests who turned out in big numbers.


Location of the Provincialate

The provincialate of Mary Queen of Apostles Province of Heralds of Good News is located at Melavalady. Melavalady is one of the substations of Gabrielpuram Parish, of the catholic Diocese of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. It is located on the stretch of Road between Trichy and Lalgudi. Trichy is about 10 kms away from here and Lalgudi town is about 7 kms away. Though it is in the Jurisdiction of the Diocese of Kumbakonam, it falls under the Trichy Revenue District.


Missions Abroad and India

Our missionaries have been sent to different parts of developing countries, such as Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the USA. In India our priests are rendering their services in various Dioceses.

ProvincialThe province has Mary Queen of Apostles as its patroness. Our priests are working in different parts of the world. The number of priests working in various states and Dioceses are given in brackets. USA (12), Canada (5), Italy (21), Netherlands (6), Tanzania (9), Papua New Guinea (6). In India our priests are vibrant in the following dioceses and institutions. Chingleput (5), Coimbatore (3), Dharmapuri (1), Dindigul (7), Kottar (1), Madras-Mylapore (16), Madurai (2), Ootacamund (1), Palayamkottai (5), Pondicherry (1), Salem (1), Sivagangai (1), Thanjavur (1), Tiruchirapalli (4), Bangalore (1), Vellore (1), Eluru - A.P. (2), Guntur - A.P. (1), Guwahati - Assam (3), Our Theologate (4), Our Philosophate (4), Minor Seminaries (4), Schools (5), Retreat Centre (3), HASCOM (1), higher Studies (4). The overall impression about our priests working in India and Abroad has been very positive and highly commendable. Their hard work is very much appreciated and acknowledged by the bishops, priests and the faithful of their respective ministry places.

Lay Participation & Collaboration

There is lay participation and Collaboration in our ministries through the well wishes, prayers and by way of sponsorship at the local and international level.




01 Ooty - 1
02 Dindigul - 1
03 Kumbakonam - 1
04 Pondy - 1
05 Madras - Mylapore - 1
06 Chingleput - 1
07 Dharmapuri - 1


01 ITI - 1
02 Engineering College - 1
03 Arts & Science College - 1
04 High School - 2
05 Higher Secondary School - 2
06 Youth self-employment Training Centre - 3
07 Home for the Aged - 1
08 Home for the Terminally ill - 1
09 Retreat Centre - 1
10 Orphanages - 14
11 Tution Centres - 14