Report of the 37th LRC Seminar

37th LRC Seminar on Consecrated Life
Mount St.Thomas, Kakkanad, Kochi
26-28 July 2010


26th July 2010, Monday

3.30 P.M. Arrival, Registration and Tea
05.00PM Inaugural session, Prayer
05.05 Welcome Speech : Fr Sebastian Naduthadam, Executive Director, LRC
05.15 Inaugural Address: Major Archbishop Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil
05.25 Presidential Address; Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, Chairman, LRC
05.35 Message: Rev. Sr. Prasanna Thattil CHF, CRI National President for Women Religious

Congratulations and Thanks to Bp. Mar Bosco Puthur, Major Archiepiscopal Curia Bishop and former Executive Director, LRC, to Bp. Mar Pauly Kannookadan Bishop of Irinjalakuda and former Executive Director, to Msgr. Jose Chittooparambil, Bishop elect Rajkot, to Rev. Fr Antony Narikulam Recter St. Joseph’s Pontifical Semiary Mangalapuzha, to Sr. Ancy Kumblunkal SH, first Ulloor Award winner, and to Sr Amala SH, the former office secretary, LRC .

Rev Dr Pauly Maniyattu, Member, LRC Board of Directors.


Bp. Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, Episcopal Member, LRC
Bp. Mar Bosco Puthur
Bp. Mar Pauly Kannookadan
Msgr. Jose Chittooparambil
Rev. Fr. Antony Narikulam
Rev. Sr. Ancy Kumblunkal

06.30 Vote of Thanks: Sr Amala S.H
06.35 Self Introduction & Interval
First Session: Keynote address on Consecrated Life in the context of modern day challenges: Rev Dr Kuncheria Pathil CMI, Provincial,Thiruvananthapuram
08.00 Evening Prayer
08.30 Supper
09.15 Night Prayer, Night Rest

27th July 2010, Tuesday

05.30 AM Rising
06.00 Morning Prayer
06.30 Holy Qurbana
Main Celebrant Mar Joseph Kallarangatt.
07.30 Breakfast
08.45 Second Session: Moderator: Rev.Dr. Noble Mannarath CMF General Theology of Religious Life on the basis of Documents: Rev Dr Jojo Marippatt V.C
09.30 Discussion
10.15 Coffee Break
10.45 Third Session: Moderator: Rev. Dr. Jacob Vellian History and Theology of Religious Life in the Syro- Malabar Church with special reference to Oriental Traditions: Sr. Dr Prasanna CMC
11.30 Discussion
12.30 Lunch
02.00 Fourth Session: Moderator: Prof.Dr. George Menachery Role and Relevance of Religious Life in the Syro - Malabar Church:
1) Rev Dr Mathew Variamattam CST
2) Sr Dr Amala James S.H.
3.20 Discussion
04.00 Coffee Break
05.30 Fifth Session: Moderator. Sr. Dr. Paula MSJ
The contribution of Religious Men and Women in the building up of the Syro Malabar Church:
1) Rev Dr Vincent Chittilappilly MCBS
2) Sr Dr Tez Kunnathettu SABS
06.50 Discussion
07.30 Free Time
07.35 Evening Prayer
08.05 Supper
08.35 Short film
09.45 Night Prayers, Night Rest

28th July 2010, Wednesday

5.30 Rising
6.00 Morning Prayer
6.30 Holy Qurbana . Main Celbranr. Mar Bosco Puthur
7.30 Breakfast

Sixth Session: Moderator: Prof. Leena
Panel Discussion:
Critical evaluation of the role played by the Religious in the Socio–Ecclesial context of our country and what should be the priorities of their mission in view of the coming decades:

  • Fr Mathew Chandrankunnel
  • Rev Dr Augustine Valummel OCD
  • Sr Dr Rani FCC
  • Rev Dr Jose Palakeel MST
  • Rev Bro. Mathew Njondimackal CST
10.30 Discussion
10.45 Coffee Break
11.00 Group Discussion
11.45 Presentation of the Group Reports & General Discussion
Moderator: Sr. Dr. Udaya CHF
12.45 Concluding Session Presided by Mar Bosco Puthur
01.00 Vote of Thanks: Sr.Dhanya Therese CHF Office Secretary Liturgical Commission
1.05 Lunch and Departure.


Research Seminar on consecrated life from 26th Mon- 28th Wed 2010

All the experts who used to come here for LRC Seminars and the Major Superiors of different religious congregation   have been invited to the seminar. There were 150 participants .The presence of Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil ,Major Archbishop ,Mar Andrews Thazhath, Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, Bp of Palai, Mar Bosco Puthur, ,Mar Pauly Kannookadan, inspired the participants with lot of enthusiasm and expectation.

After the prayer song sung by Sr Ancy,  Sr Lilit and  Miss Suseela, Fr Sebastian Naduthadam, LRC Executive Director welcomed the honourable guests in the dais and the whole assembly. The Major Archbishop in his inaugural address pointed out that the beginning of the consecrated life is in the Syriac Church and then it was spread in the West. It is meant to follow Jesus by living the Beatitudes.

Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, LRC Chairman, delivered the presidential address. According to His Grace the depth of a Church can be known from the way of life of the consecrated. They are at the same time disciples and apostles. Rev Mother Prasanna Thattil CHF, CRI President of Women Religious gave the message of the day. Rev Fr Pauly Maniyattu Member of the Board of Directors of LRC, congratulated the new   Bishops   Mar Bosco    Puthur      and Mar Pauly Kannookadan, the fomer Excecutive Directors of LRC. He also congratulated Rev Fr Antony Nariculam for being appointed as the new Rector of St Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary Aluva and Sr Ancy Kumblunkal SH, the first Ulloor Award winner. Sincere gratitude has been rendered to Sr Amala SH, the former office secretary LRC for her dedicated service.

The felicitations of Mar Joseph Kallarangatt , Mar Bosco Puthur  Mar Pauly Kannookadan, Rev Fr Antony Nariculam and Sr Ancy Kumblunkal SH enlightened the audience to deep insights in the various aspects of consecrated life, theology spirituality, ministry and culture . The inaugural session ended with the vote of thanks by Sr Amala SH, the former secretary of LRC. After a short interval Rev Dr Kuncheria Pathil CMI, Provincial Superior of Thiruvanantapuram gave the key note address on Consecrated life. His focus was on making aware of the modern challenges to the consecrated and explaining them in the theological perspective.           The second day started with Holy Mass having Mar Jose Kallarangatt as a homily based on the Gospel of St Luke 1:39-45

The second session began at 8.45 am. Rev Dr Jojo Marippatt VC presented the paper on General Theology of Religious Life on the basis of documents. Rev Dr Noble Mannarath CMF was the moderator. After the discussion and coffee break, Rev Dr Jacob Vellian moderated the third session in which Sr Dr Prasanna CMC presented a paper on History and Theology of Religious Life in the Syro Malabar Church with special reference to Oriental Traditions.It was followed by a lively discussion. Before going for lunch break we spent some beautiful moments to felicitate Rev Dr Xavier Koodapuzha and Rev Dr Jacob Vellian who celebrate their Golden Jubilee of Priesthood. Mar Joseph  Kallarangatt in his magnificant words expressed his love, gratitude and admiration to these eminent scholars of our church.

The fourth session saw two papers on the Role and Relevance of Religious Life in the Syro Malabar Church. They were presented by Rev Dr Mathew Variamattam CST, Rev Dr Sr Amala James SH. Prof Leena Jose moderated this part of the seminar and the discussion that followed. After tea break all gathered in the hall for the fifth session. There were two papers on the contribution of Religious Men and Women in the building up of the Syro Malbar Church. Rev Dr Vincent Chittilappilly MCBS and Rev Sr Dr Tez Kunnathettu SABS presented the papers .Sr Dr Paula MSJ moderated the session. Before concluding the programme of the day we had a marvelous time of watching and appreciating a short film by name ‘Nurungu Vettam’

28th July  the last day of the seminar, happened to be  providentially the feast of St Alphonsa. Mar Bosco Puthur was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass and His Excellency spoke during the homily that the consecrated life becomes more meaningful when we show light of love on the path of others as the saint did. The major part of the day was occupied by the panel discussion in which Rev Fr Mathew Chandrankunnel, Rev Dr Augustian Valummel OCD, Sr Dr Rani FCC, Rev Dr Jose Palakeel MST and Rev Bro Mathew Njondimackal CST Presented short papers on Critical Evaluation of the Role played by the Religious in the Syro Malabar Church.  The session was moderated by Prof George Menacherry. After the tea break the assembly was divided into eight groups for discussion. At 11.45am all came back to the hall for reporting session. Sr Dr Udaya CHF was the moderator. Mar Bosco Puthur presided over the concluding session. Sr Dhanya Therese CHF office secretary Liturgical Commission made the vote of thanks. Rev Dr Paul Maniyattu and Rev Dr Jose Palakeel, members  of the  Board of Directors were the comperes. The Seminar has been well prepared by the assiduous work of Sr Amala SH and Sr Ginny CHF, office secretary LRC

Important Suggestions

  1. Religious should study more about the church.

  2. They must get on going formation on human, spiritual, apostolic and fraternal aspects of their life.

  3. They must co-operate volunteerly in the activities of the church .The authorities should welcome them to take up different responsibilities in the church.

  4. Religious must be ready to go to the missions. They expect that the church should give the necessary orientation and training to work in the missions. To learn Pre-Evangelization Methodology is important. They should have the knowledge about other religious.

  5. In the parishes religious sisters are to be treated with respect .They have the feelings of being humiliated and ruled by the priests.

  6. If there arise some problems between the sisters and parish/diocese, the best way to solve the problem is cordial and open discussion. Public statement and the intervention of media should be avoided.

  7. Religious should participate diligently in the Holy Mass and Liturgy of Hours, often making them solemn, knowing that liturgy is the centre of their life.

  8. Institutions are needed, but they should not be institutionalized. The poor and marginalized must find a place in their service whatever may be they are.

  9. They must find time to go to the families for visiting them in their miseries and problems.

  10. Have more close relation and contact with the youth. It is good to have in each community a sister who knows counselling and youth psychology.

  11. Monastic life and contemplation are to be encouraged.

  12. No one should be over burdened by the daily routine of life. They must get time to relax and pray.

  13. A commission for Religious Sisters is recommended.

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