Pastoral Course for the Deacons and New Priests of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church started at the Catholicate Centre, Pattom at 6 p.m on 2 December 2012. The course was inaugurated by His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC, Curia Bishop and Chancellor of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.
The purpose of this Course is to enlighten the new pastors of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church with a comprehensive vision of the various pastoral ministries within the Church. The course will be exponential and participatory in its content and style. During these days, we envisage sharing the vision, the methods, the prospects and challenges the Syro-Malankara Catholic pastors face in the various fields. More than theoretical aspects, we wish to focus on the practical dimension of our apostolate. Each session will have an input by an equal amount of time for discussion and sharing by the participants along with the resource persons.
9 newly ordained priests from Bethany Ashram, 5 Deacons from the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum, 3 from the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla, one from the Eparchy of Bathery, 2 from the Eparchy of Mavelikara, one from the Eparchy of Marthandum, and 4 from the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta are the participants. They studied in various Major Seminaries in India and abroad.
The course will conclude on 6 November 2012.