SYNODAL COMMISSIONS REPORT
The Meeting of the
Secretaries of the Synodal Commissions
A meeting of the Secretaries of various Synodal Commissions was held at Thirusannidhi, the Major Archbishop’s house, Pattom, at 10 a.m. on 9 March 2006, after the morning session of the Holy Episcopal Synod. His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios, the Major Archbishop Catholicos, Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos, Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, Most Rev. Issac Mar Cleemis, Most Rev. Joshua Mar Ignathios were present at the meeting. Sixteen out of the Eighteen Commission Secrataries, namely,
1. Very Rev. Corepiscopo Geevarghese Mannikarottu
2. Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Thadathil
3. Rev. Fr. Job Kalluvilayil
4. Rev. Fr. Cherian Thazhamon
5. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kannamkulam
6. Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanattu
7. Rev. Fr. Mathai Kadavil OIC
8. Rev. Fr. Kurian Valuparampil
9. Rev. Fr. Thomas Naickaparampil
10. Rev. Fr. Thomas Reji OIC
11. Rev. Fr. George Kalayil
12. Rev. Fr. Samuel Kattukallil
13. Rev. Fr. Abraham Kackanatt
14. Rev. Fr. Isaac Kochery
15. Rev. Fr. Wilson Thattaruthundil
16. Mr. Jomi Thomas
Very Rev. Fr. John Berchmans OIC
Rev. Fr. Jose Mariadas OIC
Rev. Fr. Premkumar
excused themselves due to inconveniences and unavoidable circumstances. The meeting began with prayer led by His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos.
The Secretary of the Holy Episcopal Synod, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos welcomed the members. In his welcome speech he reminded everyone the need for coming together in the growth and development of the Church - coming together - indicates the standing together, which symbolizes the sign of growth; working together is the key to success. Bringing together the faithful and facilitating their participation in the daily life of the Church, is the objective of the various Synodal Commissions. It is through the co-operation of the Clergy, Religious and Laity that the life and apostolic activities in the Church should be promoted.
In his inaugural address, His Beatitude congratulated the Secretaries for having undertaken their new mission for the Church. He highlighted the importance of each commission in the Synodal administration of our Church. The Synodal structure is the foundation of our ecclesiastical administration and the commissions are the constituent organs of this structure. The goal of each commission should be to promote the life of the Church. Therefore, each commission should help the faithful of the Malankara Church to witness an authentic Christian life, which is basically ecclesial. It should maintain a unity of vision in exercising the various apostolic activities. It is only through this way that the Church would be able to carryout her mission which is evangelization. It is on this basis that they should chalk out a plan of action with regard to their respective commission. In brief, the working of the commission depends mainly on its members. It is up to them to foresee the needs of the Church and to help the Holy Synod to undertake suitable measures for the good of the entire people of God.
The Orientation Talk
After the inaugural address, Rev. Dr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, the Chancellor of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, delivered an orientation speech on the role and functions of the Synodal Commissions in the Malankara ecclesial life.
The Synodal Commissions are parts of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia according to CCEO cc 114 and 124. The offices of the curia are founded on the principles of communion and subsidiarity in ecclesial administration. Hence the Chairmen of the Commissions, Bishops, are co-operators with the Catholicos in the exercise of his administrative powers. Likewise, the members of the commission are sharers in his important responsibilities. The Major Archiepiscopal Curia could be compared to the Roman Curia while the Synodal Commissions, to the Pontifical Councils. An active Synodal Commission is an important organ towards the building up of the Church.
Discussions and Interventions
Time was allotted for discussions and interventions. Proposals and clarifications were made. All these helped the group to clarify the following notions on the role of the Synodal Commissions in the life of the Malankara Catholic Church. The Synodal Commissions are ecclesial organs to integrate the pastoral and evangelical vision and action of the Church. They are to pay heed to the various needs of the people in our community. They are to deepen the spiritual life of the people through an active participation in the liturgical services.
As for the future programme, it was decided that the first meeting of the respective Synodal Commissions should be held at the earliest in order to instruct the members, the aims of each commission and to adopt effective means to achieve the same.
The meeting ended at 1.30 pm. with prayer led by His Excellency Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios. The Major Archbishop’s House, Trivandrum hosted a lunch for the participants.
Sr. Ardra SIC
Major Archiepiscopal Curia