MP: Ephrem’s Theological College declared SMC Synodal Mission Seminary

April 2, 2014 by  
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Syro Malabar missionaries

Madhya Pradesh, March 30, 2014: Recognizing the relevance of the contribution of St. Ephrem’s Theological College, Satna and seeing the need for forming the missionary personnel in the socio-cultural and multi-religious context of India, the Major Archiepiscopal Synod of the Syro Malabar Church declared it a Synodal Mission Seminary for the entire Syro Malabar Church on 29th March 2014.

Already more than twenty years have passed since the beginning of St. Ephrem’s Theological College. All these were eventful years in which young people moved by the Spirit learned to share their precious life to the cause of Jesus. This theological centre has been giving priestly formation suited to the context of the mission, a task which is of great significance for the Syro Malabar Church which is entrusted with several mission dioceses and areas in different parts of India and abroad. It was founded by Bishop Emeritus Mar Abraham D. Mattam with the goal of promoting Gospel proclamation and pastoral service. It was inaugurated on 3 July 1992 as a diocesan major seminary of the eparchy of Satna. After the retirement of Bishop Mar Abraham D. Mattam, Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, continued to inspire and guide the seminary as the patron.

Seeing its great potential for instilling missionary spirit the Major Archiepiscopal Synod has decided to make it a common mission seminary for the entire Syro Malabar Church. When all the requirements were met and the final approval from Rome was obtained the Major Archbishop decided to visit Satna and make the long awaited declaration. The official declaration to this effect was made by His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alencherry on 29th March 2014. His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC, Bishop of Satna, His Grace Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara, Archbishop of Nagpur, His Excellency Most Rev. Gerald Almeida, Bishop of Jabalpur, His Excellency Mar Anthony Chirayath, Bishop of Sagar, His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, Bishop of Ujjain graced the occasion with their presence and felicitations.

Along with academic studies of theology the students get ample opportunity to be in touch with the socio cultural realities of the people. Study of local languages, exposure programmes and various ministries are suitable to inculcate in them the spirit of service and identification with the struggles of the people. Remaining true to the Syro Malabar heritage they are equipped to undertake the work of evangelization among various cultural group, respecting their ways of life and religious beliefs. Nineteen batches of students have completed their theological studies and priestly formation in this seminary and they are involved in the apostolate in various fields and parts of the world.

– fr. philip chakkummoottil

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