Synodal Mission Seminary

Already more than twenty years have passed since the beginning of our seminary. 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. Recognizing the relevance of its contribution and seeing the need for forming the missionary personnel in the socio-cultural and multi-religious context of India, the Major Archiepiscopal Synod has decided to make it a Synodal Mission Seminary for the entire Syro Malabar Church.

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. Various activities, small and great, have left their imprint on the minds of the students, enabling them to advance in their intellectual, spiritual and This theologate in North India is intended to promote the study of Oriental Churches, thehistory, traditions, and theology, especially of the St. Thomas Church of India, called the Syro Malabar Church. Each individual or autonomous Church has its own spirituality, discipline and theology. The Second Vatican Council enjoins on all eastern churches that they should preserve their liturgical rites and ecclesial traditions. Placing emphasis on this aspect the seminary gives formation to those who are to work as missionaries. Study of the religious beliefs of the people and their socio-cultural traditions will be given importance in the curriculum. Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and tribal religions are given due emphasis. Inculturation of the Gospel is of special importance in the mission areas. As every Christian is a missionary, formation in the context is relevant for any priest wherever he may be working.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 ofthe world. Some of those who were part of our community through their studies or through their work as formators have departed for their eternal reward. Wherever we are the seminary will be a common ground that will unite us.During the Mission Year celebrations there was talk about the need of a mission seminaryfor the Syro Malabar Church. As our Church is entrusted with the work of evangelization in North India and several dioceses were erected for carrying out this task it is important that priestly formation is given in the context of the mission. The Archiepiscopal Synod discussedthis matter and constituted a commission of bishops to study the matter and to see the possibility of making St. Ephrem’s Theological College a Synodal Mission Seminary. The commission is constituted of His Grace Mar George Valiamattam, His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakatt OSB, His Excellency Mar Jacob Manathodath, His Excellency Mar Thomas Chackiath and His ExcellencyMar Bosco Puthur who was also the convener of the commission.

On behalf of the commission Mar Bosco Puthur, visited the seminary on 29 October 2012 and spent the whole day with us. He came in the early morning and celebrated the Holy Qurbana for us and gave a memorable homily. The entire Ephrem Pariwar came together for the Eucharistand for the breakfast that followed. In the refectory Fr. Rector in his welcome speech spoke of the office of the Curial Bishop in our Church, the office which Bishop Bosco Puthur washolding, and also of the circumstances that led to the study of raising our seminary to the synodalstatus. Bishop Bosco Puthur was felicitated by Rev. Bro. James Kavunkal, one of his former students. Curial Bishop addressed the Ephrem Pariwar and the students. Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel also spoke emphasizing the importance of contextual formation for missionaries.

The Curial Bishop had several rounds of conferences with the Bishop, Rector and Finance Officer and also with the entire body of the Resident Professors. He went around with Fr. Rector inspecting the infrastructure of the seminary. He also visited the different houses in the Ephrem Nagar. The bishop was also very happy to see some of his former students who were in the Mangalapuzha seminary when he was the Rector there.

In the light of the study the commission recommended to the Synod to go ahead with the process of making St. Ephrem’s Theological College, Satna, a synodal Mission Seminary for the entire Syro Malabar Church. When all the requirements were met and the final approvalfrom Rome was obtained the Major Archbishop decided to visit Satna and make the long awaited

We are thankful to all those who have helped us through their patronage, cooperation and contribution. We are grateful to Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, the Patron and to BishopEmeritus Mar Abraham D. Mattam, the founder, for their patronage. We also thank the diocese of Satna and its clergy for their care for the seminary and also for providing facility for pastoral and missionary experience. Our sincere thanks go to our benefactors, CNEWA, Pro Caritate,Society of Sts. Peter and Paul and all those who have given financial contributions.

On behalf of the commission Mar Bosco Puthur, visited the seminary on 29 October 2012 and spent the whole day with us. He came in the early morning and celebrated the Holy Qurbana for us and gave a memorable homily. The entire Ephrem Pariwar came together for the Eucharistand for the breakfast that followed. In the refectory Fr. Rector in his welcome speech spoke of the office of the Curial Bishop in our Church, the office which Bishop Bosco Puthur washolding, and also of the circumstances that led to the study of raising our seminary to the synodalstatus. Bishop Bosco Puthur was felicitated by Rev. Bro. James Kavunkal, one of his former students. Curial Bishop addressed the Ephrem Pariwar and the students. Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel also spoke emphasizing the importance of contextual formation for missionaries.

The Curial Bishop had several rounds of conferences with the Bishop, Rector and Finance Officer and also with the entire body of the Resident Professors. He went around with Fr. Rector inspecting the infrastructure of the seminary. He also visited the different houses in the Ephrem Nagar. The bishop was also very happy to see some of his former students who were in the Mangalapuzha seminary when he was the Rector there.

In the light of the study the commission recommended to the Synod to go ahead with the process of making St. Ephrem’s Theological College, Satna, a synodal Mission Seminary for the entire Syro Malabar Church. When all the requirements were met and the final approvalfrom Rome was obtained the Major Archbishop decided to visit Satna and make the long awaited

We are thankful to all those who have helped us through their patronage, cooperation and contribution. We are grateful to Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, the Patron and to BishopEmeritus Mar Abraham D. Mattam, the founder, for their patronage. We also thank the diocese of Satna and its clergy for their care for the seminary and also for providing facility for pastoral and missionary experience. Our sincere thanks go to our benefactors, CNEWA, Pro Caritate,Society of Sts. Peter and Paul and all those who have given financial contributions.