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Silver Jubilee of Ruhalaya College of Theology, National Symposium

Silver Jubilee of Ruhalaya College of Theology, Ujjain


National Symposium on


Re-thinking Theological Education in India


(July 13-14-15-16-17, 2022)

(2.30 – 4.00 pm; 6.00 – 8.00 pm)


“As seed beds of the Church’s Leadership, Seminaries shape the lives, hearts and minds of those who shape the Church” 
Robert W. Ferris


The Concept of the Symposium

  1. Aims at understanding the twenty-first century challenges and opportunities of theological education.
  2. The current Catholic theological education, largely shaped by the Tridentine (1563) template of a seminary, is exceedingly intellectual-dogmatic-cultic.
  3. A meaningful participation in the creative, healing and saving work of the triune God calls for a mission-shaped theological formation.
  4. Organized in connection with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Ruhalaya College of Theology (1997-2022), committed to forming dedicated missionaries.





July 13, 2022, Wednesday; 6.00 – 8.00 pm


6.00 pm      Prayer session by Ruhalaya Students

6.10 pm      Welcome address by Rev. Fr Chandy Kalathoor (Rector, Ruhalalya)

6.25 pm      Rationale of the Symposium by Fr Jose Palakeel (General Coordinator)

6.40 pm      Inaugural Address by His Grace Mar Joseph Pamplany (Metropolitan Archbishop of Thalassery)

7.00 pm      Keynote Address by Archbishop (Emeritus) Thomas Menamparampil SDB, Formation for Pastoral leadership (keynote address)

7.20 pm      Raymond Joseph, "The Charter of Priestly Formation for India" (Revised based on "Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis: The Gift of Priestly Vocation", 2016) (Executive Secretary, CCBI Commission for Clergy and Religious)

7.50 pm      Vote of Thanks, Conclusion


July 14, 2022, Thursday; 2.30 – 4.00; 6.00 – 8.00 pm


2.30            Prayer and Welcome

2.35 pm      P T Joseph S.J, Priestly Formation for pastoral leadership in the current scenario.

3.15 pm      Joseph Palakeel MST, Revisiting Theological Education in Seminaries from a Missionary Context.

3.55 pm      Conclusion


6.00 pm      Prayer

6.05 pm      Paulachan Kochappilly CMI, Mission Theology and missionary formation for ministry in the current global and Indian context.

6.40 pm      Jose Chunkapura SDB, Rooted in the Past and Opening out to the Present and Future: Theological Formation for Doctrinal Clarity and Missionary Effectiveness.

7.15 pm      Jacob Peenikaparambil CMI, Social analysis and social interventions, essential dimensions of Discipleship of Jesus.

7.55 pm      Conclusion



July 15, 2022, Friday; 2.30 – 4.00; 6.00 – 8.00 pm


2.30 pm      -

2.35 pm      Lonappan Arangassery MST, Liturgical Formation for the Missionary Context in India: A Paradigm Shift.

3.15 pm      Biju Kalezhath, Making Disciples of all Nations. Instilling Love and Aptitude for Direct Evangelization through missionary formation.


6.00 pm      Prayer

6.05 pm      Sebastian Kizhakkeyil MST, Biblical Formation in Catholic Seminaries in the Third Millennium: Need of New Thrusts and Methodology.

6.40 pm      Andrews Mekkattukunnel, Making sense of the Biblical Text for the modern Mind.

7.15 pm      Sibichan Joseph Ottapurackal, "St Paul: the Formee and Formator of Mission.".

7.55 pm      Conclusion



July 16, 2022, Saturday; 2.30 – 4.00; 6.00 – 8.00 pm


2.30 pm      Prayer

2.35 pm      Gabriel Mathias OFM, Human Formation of a Missionary. The role of psychology in achieving emotional maturity.

3.15 pm      Fr Johnson Puthenpurackal OfmCap., Intellectual Formation in Seminaries: A Plea for an Integrated, rather than Fragmented, Theologizing.

3.55 pm      Conclusion


6.00 pm      Prayer

6.05 pm      Sebastian Palamoottil, The Vital Role of Philosophy in the Mission of the Church and Missionary Formation.

6.40 pm      Jacob Parappally MSFS, Contextual Theologizing and Theological Formation for Mission.

7.15 pm      Henry Angel SAC, Moral Theology as an Aid to Moral formation of Seminarians.

7.55 pm      Conclusion



July 17, 2022, Sunday; 6.00 – 8.00 pm


6.00 pm      Prayer

6.05 pm      Abraham Antony SDB, The Role of a Library in Theological Education Today and Missional Librarianship in Perspective.

6.40 pm      Beena Manoj, An Undivided Heart, an Undivided Life A Lay Perspective on Priestly Formation in the 21st Century.

7.15 pm      Concluding Address by Mar George Cardinal Alencherry (Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church)

7.45 pm      Conclusion


Time, Venue

  • Online VIA  Zoom Video Conferencing (link will be sent after Registration)
  • July 13-17, 2022 (2.30-4.00 pm;  6.00 to 8.00 pm)


Rev. Dr. Jose Palakeel MST, Coordinator:

Rev. Dr. Veenus Karamullil, Asst Coordinator:; +917558006281 

Rev. Dr. John Kudiyiruppil, Dean of Theology:, +919846552657




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