The blessing and the inaugural ceremony of Santhome Bhavan

The blessing and the inaugural ceremony of Santhome Bhavan in Mira Road took place on 26thOctober 2013 at 6pm. Honorable Mayor of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation Mrs Catleen Pereira inaugurated the building with the ceremony of cutting the ribbon.
 
Mar Thomas Elavanal, the Bishop of Kalyan diocese officiated the liturgical celebrations concelebrated by Very Rev Fr Kurian Ammanathukunnel[Director General, MST], Rev Fr Jose Cheriampanatt [Regional Director, Sangli] Rev Fr Mathew Anithanam [Santhome Bhavan] and              

Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle (MST) is a missionary institute of the Syro Malabar Church. The Purpose of the Society is mission ad gentes, in India and outside. Remaining faithful to the liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary heritage of the Syro-Malabar Church, the Society takes up missionary apostolates in territories and among peoples and groups in which the Church has not yet taken root. True to its purpose the Society also helps to establish "Churches which would be adequately organized and would possess their own proper strength and maturity.

10 Deacons Make Final Promise of Incorporation

 

Ujjain, 29.3.14. Ten deacons made their final promise of incorporation in MST as permanent members, together with their diaconate at Ruhalaya theological College in Ujjain on March 29, 2014. The promise was taken in front of Fr Peter Vattappara, the Rector of Ruhalaya, who was delegated by the Director  General.

 

They are Anjilithoppil Johnson (Joyal); Arimattathil Joseph (Boby); Chirayil Augustine (Sogin); Edamanacherril Joseph (Jobin); Kappiparambil Kuriakose (Joby); Karuvakunnel Thomas (Monse); Madathiparampil Kuriakose (Bibin); Naduvilekizhakel George (Bennet); Pullattu Joseph (Johnson); Vadakkethalackal Mathew (Bijo)

 

 

Your Prayer is Solicited

Father Shaiju Edathiparampil met with an accident yesterday morning as he was driving from Kolhapur to Shahuwadi. Brought to a hospital at Kolhapur, he was given initial care and nursing. Later MRI scan has discovered a dislocation of C7 vertebral disc and his collar bone is also fractured. He was shifted to a specialized Ortho hospital at Miraj. In his present condition, there are only two options left to us:
  1. Surgery: for that he has to be shifted to highly specialized hospital. Risk factor: transportation. Chance of success, according to doctors: 10%
  2. Traction for 15 days; then, proceed after another MRI: this option is now advised by doctors. This can immediately avoid injury to spinal cord.
At the moment, we have taken the second option. But effort is made to consult other specialist doctors.
 
Present condition of Fr Shaiju: he is fully conscious. No visible complication. 
 
I write this message especially to request your fervent prayer support for the speedy recovery of Father Shaiju. May Good Lord enlighten the medical team and all who attend to him so that they find a healing solution to his present condition

Blessing of Santhome Sathyamangalam

MSTs new Mission centre and priest's residence SANTHOME in Sathyamanagalam (Sathy) within the Ramanathapuram diocese was blessed on January 4, 2014 at 4.30 pm by Mar Paul Alappatt, Bishop of Ramanathapuram in the presence  of MST priests from Mandya, priests from diocese of Ramanathapuram and sisters from various religious congregations.

 

Bishop Mar Alappat blessed the house and offered mass and placed the blessed sacrament. Fr Jose Palakeel, the Vice Director of MST blessed the sacred heart image and led the kudumbapratishta. Frs Kureekal Regional Director of Mandya and Fr Salas Karikandathil (priest in charge of Santhome, Sathy) lighted the fire. There was a short meeting at the end of the function and dinner was served to all. 
 
This is a major milestone for Mandya region, which has now its first house in Tamil Nadu. Fr Salas started living in a rented house in Sathyamangalam a few years back and was looking for land. Since no suitable land was found he returned to Mandya in early 2013, but within one month of his return, MST could get a land which it wanted to purcahase. Construction of new house was started in July and completed quickly. The new house has two bed rooms, one dining, kitchen hall and a small chapel. 
 
Bishop Alapatt in his homily and speech invited MST to open more houses in the diocese of Ramanathapuram. 

Faith communication Seminar

SEMINAR ON FAITH COMMUNICATED TO COMMUNICATE

At Ruhalaya Major Seminary Ujjain

The meaningful celebration of faith year prompted Ruhalaya Community to take up another seminar on faith. Beside the seminar titled faith in relation to philosophy held at the beginning of faith year and a series of lectures on challenges for the transmission of Christian faith in the context of North India, in the month of January this year and a symposium on the latest encyclical of the church Lumen Fidei in the month of august.

The two days seminar titled with the theme faith communicated to communicate began at 9:30 am on 4th November 2013. In the inauguration ceremony very. Rev. Fr. Peter Vattapara, the rector of the seminary welcomed all the dignitaries of the day. Along with that, he also gave a proper introduction to the topic of the seminar, quoting from the documents of the church like Lumen Fidei and Lumen Gentium. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kollamparambil, the bishop of Jagadalpur was kind enough to be the chief guest of the seminar. His Excellency Mar Sebasitan Vadakkel, bishop of Ujjain was the president of the programme.

The whole seminar included five scholarly paper presentations by different eminent personalities. Similarly each presentation was moderated and responded by different erudite and scholarly personnel. The first session of the seminar was based on the theme, Introduction of Christianity in North India in the first Century AD by Rev. Fr. James Kurikilamkattu, in which Fr. James was focusing on how St. Thomas the apostle came to north Indian soil and established Christian communities in several places. The second paper on the topic Early St. Thomas Christian communities in Madhya Pradesh was presented by Rev. Dr. Abraham Kunnatholy CMI. Fr. Abraham aimed in his paper to bring out the factors favoring St. Thomas’ mission in the North West India. The topic of the third sessions was Decline of Early St. Thomas Christian Communities in Central and North India. The paper was presented by Rev. Fr. James Kurikilamkattu. Rev. Fr. James presented mainly five reasons for the declension of St. Thomas Christin communities in the Northern parts of India. The main causes were Invasion, Migration, Conversion to Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, Absence of political support, Absence of local hierarchy.

 

Rev. Fr. Jose Palakkel presented the fourth paper of the seminar on the Evangelization and Media: Theological Perspectives. Fr. Jose began with saying now the church has entered into a new digital era where she has to engage herself in using the internet wholly namely facebook, blog, twitter, email etc. Towards the end of the paper he put forward three prolific suggestions for the better evangelization namely knowing the media, making use of the media and finally to be the media by life witnessing which is very important. The fifth and the last presentation was by Rev. Dr. Jose Vallikattu. The theme of the presentation was founding and fostering communities through new media. In his presentation he focused on the nature of church, Ecclesia and communion in detail. He said communion or koinonia is what the church is. According to him the audience of new media is new in perceptions, concepts and in characteristics. Finally he exhorted the audience not use media but rather to be in the media because new media is a space. With a general session of the seminar and followed by the anthem of Ruhalaya seminary the two days prolonged seminar came to the end. 

Inauguration of the Golden Jubilee of MST, Deepti Mount MST Generalate, 12th February 2015

A solemn inauguration of MST Golden Jubilee was done on 12 February 2015. The programme was as below.

1.Conelebrated Holy Mass in the Seminary chapel: Officiated by Mar Joseph Pallickaparambil      Bishop Emeritus, Palai Diocese.

2.Inaugural Meeting presided over by His Grace Archbishop Mar Joseph Perumthottam, Metropolitan Changanacherry Archeparchy in the Generalate auditorium.

MST Golden Jubilee is on 22 February 2018. We are envisaging a  two year long renewal and empowerment programs in preparation for the Jubilee Year.

Arunachal Mission

New parish of MST in Arunachal was started on 8th November at Pakekasang. It is in a rented house. Frs Joshy Areeplackan and Lijo Manikombel are staying in the parish. Blessing of the house was done by fr benny kulirany

 

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