ST. Boys Town Madurai
Fr. Antony Simo once a De La Salle Brother, received a request letter from Bro. Vincent Joseph, asking him to find a place for De La Salle Brothers in India. Fr. Simo impressed upon the abilities of De La Salle Brothers pleaded with the Archbishop to hand over the property at Nagamalai, Madurai to the De La Salle Brothers. This is how the Divine Providence brought De La Salle Brothers to India - which was their Second Coming.
De La Salle Brothers took over the management of the institution in 1961. The first Director was Bro. Alban Patrick, Mr. Ulrick Pleasuer was the architect. Eastern Construction Company, which did the construction of Pandian Hotel at Madurai, did the construction work of Boys' Town.
Bro. Ealred who succeeded Bro. Alban as Director, had to make frequent trips to Europe to raise funds. Depending on the flow of funds, the Boys' Town began to take shape. In 1967, four cottages were ready and they were declared open by Apostolic Internuncio James Knox. What was started with 25 boys depending on Loyola Technical School for training of the inmates, has now four government recognized trades - Carpentry, Welder, Turner and Electrical Technician and has so far trained over 1,800 boys in 40 years. There are 8 cottages with 90 boys who take training every year.