On the 25th of May we welcomed the new candidates who joined the monastery this year. There are all together 14 of them from the various Syro-Malabar dioceses in Kerala. 10 of them have come after completing the 10th standard and they are living at St. Ephrem’s monastery, Elamdesam and are being looked after by the three monks living there, namely, Fr. Joseph Mundaplackal (Superior of the house), Fr. Libins (in charge of the candidates) and Bro. Binny, who is doing the regency there. 4 of them came after completing the Higher Secondary. Since they are older and are more grown up than the other 10, they are at Kappadu, and are taken care of by Fr. Thomas Thayyil, the Prior, and Bro. Albin, his assistant.