St. Sebastian is the patron saint of Madathattuvilai and under is graciousness the parish has been developing fast. The parish has a long tradition and history. To promote the parishioners in their acquirements, education was the unique instrument. It was rightly realized by the parish priests and education was given priority in the parish. Madathattuvilai became a separate parish in 1918 and Rev.Fr. Augustine Gonzeba was the parish priest. He instigated the St. Aloysius Primary School and was recognized by the Government. Then Rev.Fr. Pathrose Fernandez founded St. Lawrence English Middle School. This school has developed as St. Lawrence Higher Secondary School now which is one of the biggest schools in Kanyakumari District. In 1940 Rev.Fr. Thomas Pereira constituted a Teacher’s Training Institution and now it is no more.

Though Madathattuvilai has reached its growth in many aspects; there is a scarcity of educational institutions for the students to acquire Higher Education and professional education. Respond to this loss, Rev.Fr. Dominic M. Kadatcha Dhas established a trust, called St. Sebastian Educational and Development Trust on 01-12-2008 and efforts have been taken to achieve the goal. The first step taken by the trust is to start “Mother Gnanamma Catholic College of Education”.Mother Gnanamma Catholic College of Education will be established in the year 2015. It is a benefaction of a St. Sebastian Educational and Development Trust.

Mother Gnanamma:

Mother Gnanamma was a young widow hailing from Phirangipuram, Guntur District. Mother Gnanamma was sensitive to the cry of the poor, particularly to the needs of women of her times. She heard the Gospel and read the signs of the times in the lives of the illiterate girls in 1874 at Kilacheri, a village about 40 KM from Chennai. She responded to the situations by founding a school exclusively for the rustic girls. That responsiveness and that followed the footsteps of Mother Gnanamma led extraordinary lives and made significant difference in the people for whom we are committed. She was the foundress of two Congregation namely Sisters of St.Anne- Madras & Sisters of St.Anne- Phirangipuram.