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CCSR organizes and International Conference together with Marymatha Major Seminary and Institute of Theology, Thrissur.

A Renewed Church in and for the World,
Feb 8,9,10, 2019, Calicut - Trichur

Day 1: 8 Feb. 2019 Seminar Complex, Calicut University

  • 11.00 am: Inaugural Session .
  • 12.00 am: Keynote Address: Vincent Kundukulam (Pontifical Institute, Aluva): A Critical Study of the Mission Paradigms –Missio Dei, the Paradigm of the Time and Its Features
  • 2.00 – 3.00 pm: Keynote Address: Mathijs Lamberigts (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium): Mission in Vatican II and in post conciliar documents
  • 3.15-4.15 pm: Jose Vadakkedom (St Antony's Church, Paroppady, Calicut): God's Mission: Biblical paradigms / Toby SJ (Sameeksha, Kalady): Pastoral Accompaniment of the Youth and Reform of the Church

Day 2: Saturday, 9 Feb. 2019 Marymatha Major Seminary, Mulayam, Trichur

  • 6.30 am: Eucharist
  • 8.45 am: Introduction: Mar Tony Neelankavil (Auxiliary bishop of Trichur) / Fr Jaison Koonamplackal (Rector, Marymatha Major Seminary)
  • 9.15-10.15 am Keynote Address: Francis Gonsalves (Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pune): Implications of Missio Dei for a Renewal within the Church in India.
  • 13.7.2007 - Prof. Dr. Paul M. Collins of the University of Chichester lectured on Religious Pluralism and the Response of the Churches in UK.
  • 10.30 – 12. 30 am: Bilju Vazhappilly (Marymatha, Trichur): Renewed Liturgical Theology for Church Reform/ Bincy Mathew SH (Nirmala Provincial House, Mananthavady): Current Challenges and New Visions for Religious Formation / Sebastian Chalackal (Pontifical Oriental Institute, Kottayam): Priestly identity: New Paradigms and thrusts today
  • 1.45- 3.30 pm: Sara Neena (Vimala College, Trichur): Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sociological perspectives / Marco Bonacker (Bonifatiushaus, Fulda, Germany): A Renewed Cosmos and God's mission. Recent debate / Saijo Thaikkattil (Marymatha, Trichur): Collaborative Participatory Church: The PAROC method.
  • 3.30 pm Coffee
  • 5.30 – 6.00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • 7.00 pm Keynote Peter Schallenberg (Theological Faculty of Paderborn, Germany): Amoris Laetitia, Missio Dei and Current challenges
  • 8.00 pm Supper

Day 3: 10 February 2019 Sunday - Family Apostolate Centre, Trichur

  • 6. 30 am Eucharist
  • 8.45 am: Introduction: Archbishop Andrews Thazhath (Archbishop of Trichur) / Fr Raphael Akkamattathil
  • 9.30 -10. 30am Keynote Jose Kuriedath CMI (Provincial, S.H. Province, Kochi): Church in Dialogue with the Society: Challenges ahead
  • 10.45- 12. 30 Sooraj Pittappilly (Pontifical Oriental Institute, Kottayam): The Emerging Communalism and the Renewal in the Church. / Shaji Kochuthara CMI (Dharmaram College, Bangalore): Human Rights and the Church / Rosemary Kalliath (University of Bombay): Role of women and reform of the church
  • Lunch
  • 1.45 – 3.15 pm Binoy Pittalakat SJ (Christ Hall, Calicut): Engaging Media in the Renewed Church/ George Alex (St Thomas College, Trichur): Church in Interface with Culture / Sajan Pindiyan (St Paul's Gurukulam, Thiruvillamala): Catechetical paradigms today - agents of Church Renewal
  • 3.15- 4. 30 pm Concluding Remarks: Mathijs Lamberigts/ Paul Pulikkan

Seminar: A) International Lectures

  • On 18.2. 2012, Prof. Schallenberg led the lecture on the Problems of catholic social ethics in a world of globalization at the Institute of Theology, Trichur.
  • 5.12.2012. Prof. Henry F. Schaefer, Big Bang theory, Hawking and God (Univ. of Georgoia, USA).
  • 16.2.2012 - Prof. Dr. Peter Schallenberg, Faculty of Theology, Paderborn, Germany spoke on the ethical perspectives of Birth control and the problem of embryo screening at the Jubilee Mission Medical College, Trichur.
  • 1.8.2009 - Prof. Dr. Susan Roll, Professor of Theology, at the University of St. Paul, Ottawa, Canada lectured on What Catholic Women Theologians are Saying Today?
  • 1.2. 2008 - Prof. L. Leijjssen from the Catholic University of Leuven lectured on the theme New Trends in Sacramentology.
  • 1.2. 2008 - Prof. L. Leijjssen from the Catholic University of Leuven lectured on the theme New Trends in Sacramentology.
  • 29.8.2007 - Prof. Dr. Peter De Mey, Catholic University of Leuven lectured on Recent Reflections on Catholicity and Globalization.
  • 13.7.2007 - Prof. Dr. Paul M. Collins of the University of Chichester lectured on Religious Pluralism and the Response of the Churches in UK.
  • 26.2.2007 - Prof. Dr. Peter Schallenburg, from the Faculty of Theology, Fulda, Germany gave a lecture on the Suicidal Tendencies and Christian Ethical Perspectives.
  • 30.8.2006 - Prof. Johan De Tavernier, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium lectured on The Impact of Recent Terrorist Attacks on Western Society and the Response of Christian Ethics.
  • 33.4. 2006 - Prof. Dr. Paul M. Collins of the University of Chichester lectured on the Inculturation Models for the Church in India. He spoke on the inculturation methods of Roberto De Nobili
  • International seminar: Dialogue between Church and Society Today Challenges and Prospects, Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council (1965-2015) by Prof. Dr. Mathijs Lamberigts, Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of Leuven, Belgium,10.8.2017
  • Socio-cultural Impact on contemporary marriage and family life, Prof. Dr. Thomas Knieps (University of Leuven, Belgium), 24.7.2018.

Seminar: B) International Conferences

There were 3 international conferences also held in the past
1. The International Conference on Inculturation and Church 2008. The proceedings of the Conference were published: PULIKKAN, P. and COLLINS, P. (eds.), The Church and Culture in India, Inculturation: Theory and Praxis, Delhi: ISPCK, 2010 (pp. xx, 306) (ISBN 978-81-8465-097-3).
2. International Conference on Religion, Dialogue, and Society, 2010 (main papers were published in Chair journal EJDC in 6/2 (2013)
3. International Conference on Living Legacy of Vatican II, 2014. (Feb 27, March 1,2 2014)
The Proceedings of the International Conference on Living Legacy of Vatican II, held by the Chair in 2014, was published by ATC Bangalore on Aug 10th, 2017.

Seminar: C) National Seminars

  • NAAC visit
    National Assessment and Accreditation Council (Naac) visited the Chair on 28.7.2016. It appreciated the working of the Chair; it specially gave appreciation for its periodical EJDC.
    National Seminar (add) 11.3. 2017 on Current Issues and Challenges in Family and Marriage Counselling, co-sponsored by the Women's Commission, Government of Kerala National Seminar 12.9. 2017 Premarital Counselling and Challenges
  • 5.12.2015. Calicut -Seminar on Christian Dialogue with the Public Society, Environment and the Marginalized : Speakers Dr. Paul Thelakkat (Laudato Si and Church's Dialogue with the Public Society and Environment); Sri John Paul, the Film Analyst, (St. Kuriakose Chavara and the Uplift of the Marginalized).
  • 24.10. 2015 at Thrissur, a seminar on Laudato Si, a renowned document from Pope Francis on environment.
  • 12.12.2013. Seminar on Christianlore, with the cooperation of School of Folklore Studies, University of Calicut.
  • 26.10.2013. A seminar on Sri. Thachil Mathew Tharakan, a prominent lay leader of Christianity in Kerala. at Kuthiathode, the birthplace of Tharakan. Dr Kurias Kumbalakuzhy and Dr Cherian Varikatt led the classes.
  • 7.12. 2011. Prof. M.N. Karassery and Dr Jose Palakeel led the seminar on Corruption Free India and Value based society at the University seminar complex..
  • 24.4.2010. Seminar The Growing Nation, the Emerging Youth was led by Prof. K.M. Francis.
  • 5.12. 2009, Seminar Euthanaisa (Mercy Killing) and Homosexual Relationships at the University Seminar Complex. Dr. Hormis Mynatty (Pont. Institute. Aluva) and Dr. K.M. Francis (St Thomas College, Thrissur) dealt with the ethical and social aspects of the topics.
  • 27.11. 2009, seminar on the papal social encyclical Caritas in Veritate: Rev. Dr. Shaji German (Pont. Institute. Aluva), Dr. K.M. Francis (St Thomas College, Thrissur) and Dr. Annie Kunnath led the lectures.
  • 4.2.2009. Seminar Towards a More Harmonious Society, at Seminar Complex, University of Calicut, on, Wednesday, 2.00 pm; speakers: Dr. M.D. Thomas, National Director, Commission for Religious Harmony, CBCI, New Delhi, Swami Chithanandhapuri (Head, Sanatana Chair), Prof. A.I.Rahmathullah (Professor, Department of Arabic, University of Calicut).
  • 2008, 20th and 30th September: The Chair conducted a 2 day seminar on Christian Contribution to Kerala Culture and Society. The papers appeared in the second issue of Eastern Journal of Dialogue and Culture 2008.
  • On 25th February 2005, there was a Bishops' Meet at the Chair in order to give a new vigour to the activities of the Chair.
  • On 6 March 2004, the Chair organized an Open Forum, an Inter-Faith-Dialogue for Peace.
  • On Oct 25-27, 2002, A National Seminar on "Peace & Harmony", was jointly conducted by the Chair and Xavier Board of Higher Education.
  • The Chair organized a psycho-spiritual programme for the students – Anointment 2007 – on March 16-18, 2007. On 7.9.13, the Chair joined hands with the university authorities to make the campus green, by planting trees. The Chair organizes Christmas celebrations every year in the campus, promoting religious harmony and peace.

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