Syro Malabar Church starts seminary in UK

The Syro-Malabar Great Britain diocese has completed one year

The Syro-Malabar Great Britain diocese has completed one year

By : Smitha George

Preston, UK: The Syro-Malabar Eparchy (Diocese) of Great Britain marked a momentous day in its history with the inauguration of a minor seminary for training priests for the diocese.

The “Seminary of the Immaculate Conception” is situated close to the eparchy’s headquarters at St Alphonsa Cathedral in Preston. The building was blessed by Bishop Michael G Campbell of Lancaster on Nov 9. Syro-Malabar Bishop Joseph Srampickal of Great Britain celebrated Mass on the occasion.

Propaedeutic Seminary course is an initial stage of seminary life and training for priesthood, and  preparation for the full formation program which will begin afterwards.

In his inaugural speech Bishop Campbell said  it was a great blessing to open the seminary while celebrating the eparchy’s first year in Britain.

The seminarians –Tiju Ozhungalil, Tony Kocheri and Jerrin Kakkuzhi — who were all raised in UK will be the first students of the seminary. In his sermon, Bishop Srampickal requested the prayers of the community for the students and their trainers.

The inauguration  was attended among others by Fathers Thomas Parayadyil, Proto Syncellus of Syro Malabar Eparchy of Great Britain, Mathew Choorapoikayil, Robert Billing, John Miller, Sony Kadamthodu, Mathew Pinakkattu and Fanzwa Pathil.

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3 thoughts on “Syro Malabar Church starts seminary in UK

  1. I am so happy that Syro-Malabar church started this seminary. I believe, Thomas, you are very ignorant about the diversity of or the different Rites in the catholic church. Though I was born and brought up in the Syro-Malabar church I did study to become a priest of the latin diocese in India. I have been in north America over 20 years and is one of the Deans of our diocese here in Canada. (perhaps the only priests who is made a Dean in a Latin Diocese in Canada or US who is from India). You do not know how priests are trained. Priesthood is a commitment, not a right or a job. We have Syro-Malabar diocese (Exarchate ) in Canada . The the priests of this diocese do great sacrifices to bring together the people of faith of the Syro-Malabar church. You are called to find good in others. It is the nature of Kerala people
    to gossip than any people in India. I feel sorry that you make these comments likes the politicians of Kerala
    Father Sunny Sebastian , V.F (Dean)
    St.Michael the Archangel Parish, Dunnville, Canada

  2. Sincerely speaking ,this is the time God has gifted to the Indian Christian Church to ‘re-evangelize” Europe which has rejected Christ and Christian roots. With real and dedicated missionaries,lot of changes can happen for the glory of God.

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