Rev. Fr. Duming Gonsalves
CCBI Centre, PB No.8490
Hutchins Road 2nd Cross, Bangalore-560 084, Karnataka
Phone : +91-80-25460015; 09425993208
Phone: +91-6546-222340; 06546-226820
Phone: +91-435-2432232; 0435-2423679
1. Commission for Catechetics
It is by all means necessary that every National Conference of Bishops has a permanent catechetical structure. The Commission for Catechetics of the CCBI serves as the permanent executive structure for catechetical animation at the national level. It has a clearly structured programme of catechetical renewal approved by the CCBI. It works out with the regions a basic plan for catechetical activities, which can and must be inculturated locally since the Particular Church – the diocese – is the discerning body for this adaptation. It serves the regions and dioceses by information about initiatives in different parts of the nation and by coordinating programmes through publications, meetings, congresses, etc. At the national level, it integrates its ministries with other nationwide pastoral activities and related CBCI organizations like the National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC). It serves as a liaison with the Universal Church through regular contacts with the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which serves the Church’s catechetical needs internationally by contacts with catechetical commissions and institutes around the world.
Community of disciples that meaningfully live, celebrate, share and witness faith in Jesus Christ
To strengthen the faith of our Christian communities and to help them to bring it to maturity for the transformation of the society
1. To encourage the re-evangelizing process drawing inspiration from baptismal catechumenate;
2. To promote catechesis for the various age groups: Adults, youth and children;
3. To promote catechesis in various settings: Parishes, Institutions and Families;
4. To enhance the professional competence of those involved in the catechetical ministry by equipping them with the knowledge and the skills necessary through short and long term catechetical courses;
5. To see that Catechetics is given importance in the priestly formation;
6. To ensure that certain amount of money is spent for Catechetics in the dioceses;
7. To promote the culture of modern means of communication in catechesis at national, regional and diocesan levels.
5. Brief history of Commission
The Commission based activities in the national level began in 1967 under the aegis of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) for the three sui iuris Churches in India. Since then Catechetical Commission was combined with Bible and Liturgy. For the activities of these three commissions National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC) at Bangalore was established. After the birth of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in 1988, the Commission for Liturgy was separated from Bible and Catechetics. In the Plenary Assembly of CCBI in 2007, the need was felt to separate the Commission for Catechetics from the Commission for Bible. Thus in the year 2007, the Commission for Catechetics was formed and has become one of the vibrant Commissions under the aegis of CCBI.
The Commission has a three member team of Bishops, a Chairman and two member Bishops, elected by the General Assembly of Bishops and an Executive Secretary, appointed by the CCBI, to assist the Commission Bishops, residing at CCBI Centre at Bangalore. Bishop Antony Devotta, Bishop of Tiruchirappalli is the chairman of the commission since 2007. Archbishop Thumma Bala of Hyderabad and Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad are the member bishops. Father Jayapalan Raphelsdb was the first Executive Secretary of the Commission (2007-2011). Since 2011 Father Laurence Culas serves the Executive Secretary.
6. Former Chairmen
1. Most Rev. Antony Devotta, Trichy: 2007 – 2015
2. Most Rev. Thomas Ignatius Macwan, Gandhinagar: 2015 –
8. Former Secretaries
1. Rev. Dr. Jayapalan Raphael: 2007 – 2011.
2. Rev. Dr. Laurence Culas: 2011 – 2015
3. Rev. Fr. Duming Gonsalves: 2015 –