Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Migrants (CEPCM)

INTRODUCTION

Chairman

Bishop Sebastian Vadakkel, MST
Member

Bishop Mathew Arackal
Member

Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt OSB
Secretary

Fr. Shaji Abraham Kochupurayil, MCBS

Address

Secretariat,
The Evangelization & Pastoral Care of The Migrants,
Major Archiepiscopal Curia, MOUNT ST.THOMAS, P.B.No.3110, Kakkanad P.O. Kochi- 682030 KERALA, INDIA
Tel. + 91 484-2424768; 2424780; 2425727; 2426235 Fax: + 91 484-2422727 , E-mail: sec2cepcm@gmail.com

 

MISSION

The love of Christ towards migrants urges us (cf. 2Cor. 5:14) to look afresh at their problems and to respond more efficiently to the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malabar faithful living outside the territorium proprium of the church in India and abroad and the zeal for Christ obliges us to be His witnesses in the whole world sharing the light of Faith lit by St Thomas the Apostle. .

 

ACTIVITIES

Pastoral care of the emigrants of the Syro-Malabar Church has always been the priority of the Commission. Some of the members of the Commission in the past were appointed Apostolic Visitors of the USA and Canada as well as the European countries. They presented reports of their visitations to the Synod as well as to Rome. The Commission arranged several meetings and deliberations with the Latin prelates of the migrant areas and sent various memoranda to Rome as well as to other ecclesiastical authorities. As a result of these efforts, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago was erected for the Syro-Malabar migrants in USA and Canada, chaplains were appointed for the pastoral care of the Syro-Malabar migrants by the Latin prelates in many places and several Syro-Malabar parishes were established in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Commission ensures regular correspondence with the emigrant communities

The Commission was entrusted with the task of arranging the conduct of the first Syro Malabar Mission Assembly. Accordingly a preliminary meeting was held in November 1998 at Poornodaya in Bhopal with delegates from all dioceses, especially from mission dioceses for drafting the first Working Paper (Lineamenta). The Mission Assembly was held from November 12 14, 1999 at Mount St Thomas. As per the direction of the Synod, held from November 14 20, 1999, the Commission convened a Meeting of the Bishops of the Dioceses of the Syro Malabar Church outside the Territorium Proprium and the major Superiors of the Syro Malabar Religious Congregations and Institutes of Apostolic Life, working in the above Dioceses at Poornodaya in Bhopal from 13 to 15 October, 2000.

An all-inclusive Syro-Malabar Catholic Directory was published by the Commission for the first time in November 2004. The Commission joyfully undertook the preparation of a Mission Policy of the Syro-Malabar Church in the challenging circumstances of the Mission of the Church in the third millennium. After several years of study, consultation, discussion and preparation it was finally promulgated on March 19, 2006. It was simultaneously translated into Malayalam as well. The Commission conducted the first ever Global Meet of the Syro-Malabar emigrants at Mount St Thomas, the Major Archiepiscopal Curia from 18 to 21 of August 2006 after a year long preparation. Almost 380 participants from all over the world participated in the Meet and of them some 100 were from outside India and others from various cities and Syro-Malabar dioceses in India. The Commission brought out a Directory of the Syro-Malabar Migrants, with a brief history, general statistics, contact details and other relevant pieces of information of every sizeable Syro-Malabar migrant community in India and outside. The Commission also published two issues of the Mission India. Around the time of Christmas in 2006 Syro-Malabar Global Mission was published for the emigrants of the Syro-Malabar Church as per the suggestions of the Global Meet 2006. Together with Sathyadeepam the Commission (CEPCM) brought out a Mission Supplement as a special issue in order to introduce the Syro-Malabar Mission Dioceses to the Mother Church in Kerala. The Supplement contained articles and pictures on all the Mission dioceses of the Syro-Malabar Church and it was a landmark achievement for the Commission. A study seminar on the Mission Policy of the Syro-Malabar Church under the title Mission Congress 2007 is being planned out by the Commission. The Commission intends to publish a shorter version of the Directory of the Syro-Malabar Church in 2008.

 

HISTORY

Canon 124 0f the CCEO prescribes that there should be Commissions to take care of the different fields of activity in the Church. Commissions are erected by the Major Archbishop, constituted of persons chosen by him and are governed by norms established by him. (Synodal News, No. 1, August 1993, p. 47)

In the very first meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church, held from 20 to 25 May 1993 at the residence of Mar Antony Padiyara, the then Major Archbishop, at Ernakulam under the chairmanship of Archbishop Abraham Kattumana, the Pontifical Delegate to the Syro-Malabar Church, decision was taken to constitute the Major Archiepiscopal Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants. The Synod elected Bp Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI as the chairman and Bps Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil (Pala) and Mar Paul Chittilapilly (Kalyan) as members of the Commission. (Synodal News, No. 1, August 1993, pp 6-7, Synodal News, No. 6, May 1995, p. 41) While the VI Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church was in session from 12th to 24th January 1998, Mar Varkey Vithayathil C.Ss.R., the Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bp Gregory Karotemprel CMI as the chairman and Bps Joseph Pallikaparampil and Gratian Mundadan CMI as members. The Commission members took charge on 21st May 1998. (Synodal News, No. 11, March 1998, p. 15

The VII Synod of Bishops, held at Mount St Thomas from 14 to 20 November 1999, took the decision to establish a Mission Secretariat under the auspices of the Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants at the Major archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St Thomas. Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the then Apostolic Administrator, canonically erected the Mission Secretariat at Mount St Thomas vide Decree No. 1871/99 on 17th December 1999. (Synodal News, Vol. 7, Nos. 1& 2, December 1999, pp 56, 70, 124)

In the course of the XI Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church, which began at Mount St Thomas on 3rd November and ended on 15th November 2003, Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bp Gregory Karotemprel CMI again as the chairman and Bps Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI and Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC as members. (Synodal News, Vol.11, No.2, December 2003, p. 30).

During the XVI synod, on 27th August 2008, Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bishop Sebasitna Vadakel MST as the chairman and Bishops Simon Stock Palathara CMI and Antony Chirayath as members. (Synodal News, Vol.12, Nos.1&2, Novembers 2008, p. 47).

 

SECRETARIES

Fr Jose Poonely CMI was the first secretary to the Commission and he was in office till Fr Elvis Mangalappilly took charge of the office in 2002. Bp Gregory Karotemprel appointed Rev. Fr Elvis Magalappilly MST the secretary to the Commission on 1st July 2002. He was in office at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, till 20th June 2005. Fr Joby Koottumkal mst, was appointed on 20th of June 2005 and he continued in the office until Fr Justin Vettukallel MST replaced him on 27th August 2008. Fr Jose Cherimapanatt MST replaced Fr Justin as Secretary in 2010 and Fr. Shaji Abraham Kochupurayil, MCBS is appointed as the secretary in 2013.

 

STATISTICS OF SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLICS OUTSIDE ANY SYRO-MALABAR DIOCESE

In India
City
Nos
Ahmedabad
15000
Ajmir
1000
Allahabad
1500
Bangalore
25000
Baroda 
10000
Bhilai 
1000
Bhopal
2000
Chennai 
25000
Dharmapuri 
1000
Hyderabad
12000
Indore
5000
Jabalpur
2000
Jaipur
5000
Jalandhar 
3000
Jamshedpur
2000
Kolkota
7000
Lucknow 
1000
Nagpur 
2500
Patna 
1000
Raipur    
2000
Silvassa 
2500
Surat
5000
Trichy
5000
Other Cities
20000
Total
156500
Outside India
Country
Nos
Africa
15000
Australia
10000
Austria
5000
Bahrain
35000
Doha-Qatar  
10000
Eastern Countries 
15000
England-Ireland
50000
France 
3000
Germany
1000
Italy 
10000
Kuwait 
38000
Oman 
46900
Saudi Arabia 
109000
Switzerland 
8000
UAE 
114500
Other Countries
50000
Total
429400*
Grand Total 
585900

*Including the 120000 Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Chicago St Thomas Diocese (2001) comprising of USA and Canada, total number of Syro-Malabar Catholics living outside India amount to 649400. Within India, Kalyan (1988) and Faridabad (2012) dioceses are created for Syro-Malabar Migrants comprising about 100000 Syro-Malabarians each. That amounts to about 9 lakh Syro-Malabar migrants.

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