2019: Participatory Church: Possibilities and Challenges

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PAROC Explorations in Pastoral Theology I

Participatory Church: Challenges and Possibilities?

PAROC Hall, Marymatha Major Seminary, Thrissur
19 January 2019, 9AM to 4PM

The very nature of the Church, which is communion, demands all faithful participate in the mission and life of the Church. Each and every member of the Church participates in the unique mission of the Church through diverse ministries, vocations, offices and Holy orders. The symbosium Participatory Church: Challenges and Possibilities reflected upon how to organize and direct these diversities in the Church for a effective pastoral ministry in the current context. The Seminar had four sessions, which focused on the possibilities and challenges of the participatory pastoral ministry in the Church.The theme was approached interdisciplinarily.  Detailes of the programmes is given below. The Symbosium is participated by Scholars from India and Abroad.


09:00 AM : Registration
09:30 AM : Prayer
09:35 AM : Welcome: Rev. Dr. Saijo Thaikkattil, Executive Director, PAROC
09:45 AM : Session One: Participatory Involvement: Models and ExperiencesProf. Joy Elaman, Director, KILA, Mulankunnathukavu.
V. Rev. Sr. Rose Anitha FCC
10:15 AM : Discussions
10:45 AM : Tea Break
11:00 AM : Session Two: Participatory Pastoral Ministry: Lessons from the European ExperiencesProf. Bernd Luzt,
Moderator: Prof. Ignatius Antony
Principal, St. Thomas College Thrissur
11:45 AM : Discussions
12:30 PM : Lunch
01:30 PM : Session Three: Participatory Pastoral Ministry: Lessons from Pope FrancisProf. Francis Gonzalves, Dean of Studies, Faculty of Theology, JDV, Pune, 
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Chacko Nadakkavelil, Dean of Studies, Philosophy Department, Marymatha Major Seminary
02:15 PM : Discussions
02:45 PM : PAROC Model Pastoral Ministry: Retrospect and Prospects: Bishop H. E. Mar Tony Neelankavil, Chairman PAROC. Moderator: Prof. Peter M. Raj
03:15 PM : Discussions
04:00 PM : Concluding Remarks: His Grace Mar Andrews Thazhath, Patron, PAROC and Archbishop of Trichur.
04:20 PM : Vote of Thanks
04:25 PM : Concluding Prayer
04:30 PM : Tea and Departure