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Kizhavaneri is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 8°22′37″N 77°38′31″E / 8.376944°N 77.641944°E / 8.376944; 77.641944Coordinates: 8°22′37″N 77°38′31″E / 8.376944°N 77.641944°E / 8.376944; 77.641944
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirunelveli
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 627117
Telephone code 914637
Vehicle registration TN 72 V
Nearest city Vallioor/Nagercoil
Lok Sabha constituency Tirunelveli
Vidhan Sabha constituency Radhapuram

Kizhavaneri (Tamil:கிழவனேரி) is a small village located about 50 km away from Tirunelveli, south part of Tamil Nadu, India. It is an old village and the people living here are staying more than 500 years. The village is famous for St. Anne's Church[1] which is located in the center of the village.

Kizhavaneri is located 4 km East to Vadakkuvalliyur, and 1 km away from Thiruchendur Road

Parish History
Kizhavaneri parish comes under Roman Catholic Diocese of Tuticorin.[2] When Fr. Causanal SJ was parish priest of Kallikulam, Kizhavaneri which was administered by the village administration, was one of his substations. In 1926 it became a parish with Fr. Stanislaus Pangaru as the first parish priests. Parishioners who used to be farmers eventually began to earn money in places such as Mumbai, Chennai, and SriLanka. Our Lady's mother St. Ann is the patron saint. The feast of St. Ann is celebrated every year in a grand manner on the 26th of July. Parish council was established in 1995 and it has been functioning well through the years.

List of Parish Priests

Years Name of the Prist
1926–1928 Fr. Stanislaus Pangaru SJ
1928–1932 Fr. Dominic Swaminather
1932–1936 Fr. Thomas Kalam
1937–1942 Fr. Mascaranhas V
1943–1946 Fr. Amaladas Victoria
1946–1950 Fr. Sandanamarian M
1950–1962 Fr. Edward Christian Fernandez
1962–1967 Fr. Francis Devasagayam
1967–1969 Fr. Maria Viagulam
1969–1970 Fr. Paul Alangaram
1970–1974 Fr. Pancras M Raja
1974–1976 Fr. Karunakaran Gomez
1976 Fr. Amirtham DJC
1976 Fr. Augustine RS
1977–1982 Fr. Sengol S Mani
1982–1988 Fr. Satyanesan
1988 Fr. Deva Navamoni
1988–1993 Fr. Soosai Marian
1993–1995 Fr. Joseph Leon
1996 Fr. Antonysamy V
1997–1998 Fr. Joseph Ratnaraj
1998–2003 Fr. Nelson Paulraj
2003–2004 Fr. Jebanathan
2004–2007 Fr. AJ Rex
2007–2010 Fr. Jacson Arul
2010-till date Fr. L Amal Gonsalvez


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