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Pontifical Mission Organisations
1. Description about the Commission
Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ commands us all to go and proclaim the Good News (Mk.16:15). Thus Proclamation becomes duty and obligation of all the baptized. This is supposed to be the nature of all the members of the Church. So if one does not proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ, he or she cannot be called Christian. Indian Constitution says every citizen has the right to profess one’s faith. It is the right of every one to hear about the joy of encountering Jesus. In order to animate and form all to do this indispensable task, the Commission for Proclamation has been started by CCBI in India. This Commission focuses on sharing the Good News which is Jesus, to all, with new zeal, new methods and new expressions.
To reach out to all the people of every language and culture in India through the loving service of missionary disciples, giving them the dignity of experiencing the joy of encountering the Risen Lord Jesus, the source of true love.
To motivate, to form and to coordinate the missionary disciples who would commit to the cause of sharing the joy of the Gospel with others fulfilling the directives in the Pastoral Plan for the Church in India with the vision of New Evangelization.
To promote New Evangelization in the Church in India
To form trainers of the formatters of missionaries
To network with missionaries and missionary centers in India
To support Regional and Diocesan Secretaries to form and strengthen the mission teams and New Evangelization Centers
To encourage lay missionaries in India
To publish articles, books, DVDs as support material for Proclamation of the Good News
To put into action the concrete directives given by CCBI in the Pastoral Plan for the Church in India (Nos. 19, 20, 21, 30)
5. History of the Commission
CCBI was born in1988 and Commission for Proclamation was also with it. But the Commission functions in full swing from the start of the third millennium after the celebration of the Great Jubilee 2000 under the leadership of Most Rev. Patrick D’Souza, Bishop of Varanasi as its Chairman and Rev.Fr. Satyanand IMS, the then Superior General of IMS Congregation as its part time Executive Secretary. In 2006 Rev. Fr. Vijay Shantiraj of Varanasi Diocese was appointed as full time Executive Secretary who planned formation of Regional Secretaries in collaboration with the International School of Evangelization, Rome. In 2009 first ever Indian Mission Congress was successfully organized in Mumbai which was followed by more than 55 Mission Congresses in many Dioceses and Congregations. As the result of the Mission Congress and the felt need of consistent formation of Priests, Religious and Laity in New Evangelization, Suvarta Kendra, CCBI School of New Evangelization was founded by Rev. Fr. Vijay Shantiraj, then Executive Secretary for CCBI Commission for Proclamation and was inaugurated on 18 October 2011 at Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh by Most Rev. S. Singaroyan, Chairman Bishop.
6. Suvarta Kendra: National Centre for New Evangelization
A request was made by the Commission to the Office Bearers of the CCBI to start a National Centre for Proclamation in India at Pachmarhi, Hosangabad District, Madhya Pradesh for training Laity, Catechists, Religious and Priests to do the ministry of Proclamation more effectively in today’s context. The proposal was made to start the Center at Madhya Pradesh because Madhya Pradesh is located at the Central India from where all dioceses are easily accessible and reachable.
The 59th Executive Committee meeting of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has approved the starting of the National Centre for Proclamation and has decided that the CCBI would be the Legal Holder and the Executive Secretary of the CCBI Commission for Proclamation would be the Director of the Centre and would function under the guidance of the Chairman of the CCBI Commission for Proclamation. During the Plenary Meeting of the CCBI in January 2011, the General Body of the CCBI approved the starting of the National Centre for Proclamation by the CCBI Commission for Proclamation.
From 18 October 2011, the Commission is functioning from the National Centre for Proclamation at Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Then onwards more than 100 animation and formation programs, both residential and outreach, have been conducted by the Suvarta Team. Now the Secretariat for the CCBI Commission for Proclamation is operating from Suvarta Kendra, National Center for New Evangelization. At present Rev. Fr. S. Panneer Selvam of Salem Diocese, Tamilnadu is the Director of Suvarta Kendra and the Executive Secretary for the CCBI Commission for Proclamation.
7. Pontifical Mission Organisations
The Pontifical Mission Organisations is the name given to a group of Catholic missionary societies that are under the canonical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome. These organizations include: (1) The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, (2) The Society of the St. Peter Apostle, (3) Holy Childhood Association and (4) Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. In India the Pontifical Mission Societies operate under the guidance and direction of the Proclamation Commission of the CCBI.
8. Former Chairmen
1.Most Rev. Patrick D’ Souza, Varanasi, 2001-2007
2. Most Rev. Isidore Fernandes, Allahabad, 2007-2011
3. Most Rev. Sebastianappan Singaroyan, Salem: 2011-2015
4. Most Rev. Raphy Manjaly, Allahabad: 2015-
9. Former Secretaries
1. Fr.Satyanand, IMS: 2001-2006
2. Fr. Vijay Shantiraj, Varanasi: 2006-2013
3. Rev. Fr. S. Panneer Selvam, Salem: 2014-
10. Former National Directors of PMO India
1. Fr. Sam
2. Fr. Joe Fernandes
3. Msgr. Patrick H. Aranjo: 1960-1971
4. Msgr. Stan Aranjo: 1971-977
5. Msgr. Herman D’Souza: 1967-1979
6. Msgr. Lucio De Veiga Cutinho: 1979-1989
7. Fr. Mathew Chakkalakal, Verapoly: 1989-1999
8. Msgr. Siluvai Ignaci, Tuticorin: 1999- 2011
9. Fr. Faustine Lucas Lobo, Mangalore: 2011- 2018
10. Fr. Ambrose Pitchaimuthu, Chingleput: 2018-