Department of Faculty of Theology

Faculty Details

Dr. Thonippara Francis, CMI

080 4111 6230

fthonippara@dvk.in

HOD : Church History

 

Surname and Name

Thonippara

Francis

Date and Place of Birth

November 07, 1953

Keezhoor, Kerala

Permanent Address

CMI St. Thomas Provincial House, Amalapuri, Kozhikode 673 001, Kerala, India

Present Address

Dharmaram College, Bangalore 560 029, India

E-mail

fthonippara@gmail.com

First Appointment

June 15, 1995

Present Status

Professor

Associate Librarian

Degree

Specialization

University/Institute

Year

Ph.D.

Church History

Gregorian University, Rome

1995

LSS

Church History

Gregorian University, Rome

1989

B.Th

Theology

JDV, Pune, MS

1984

B.A.

History

Christ College, Bangalore

1980

B.Ph

Philosophy

DVK, Bangalore, Karnataka

1977

Office/Job

University/Institute

Year

Director

Vinayasadhana Institute, DVK, Bangalore

2015-18

President

DVK, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

2009-12

Master

Dharmaram College, Bangalore, Karnataka

1999-02

Senior Tutor

Dharmaram College, Bangalore, Karnataka

1996-04

Provincial

CMI St. Thomas Province, Kozhikode

2005-08

Prefect

Chavara Bhavan, Bangalore, Karnataka

2008-11

Director

Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore, India

2014-

Teacher

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

1995-

  1. St Thomas Christians of India: A Period of Struggle for Unity and Self Rule (1775-1787), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 1999.
  2. Kodakanady Family History (Ed.), Mannakkanad, 2011.
  3. The Impact of OrientaliumEcclsiarum (O.E) on the Eastern Catholic Churches in India, (Ed.), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2016.
  4. History of Dharmaram College (Ed.), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2017.
  5. Catholic Contribution to the Indian History, Society and Culture (Ed.), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2018.
  6. Ascend to Holiness: Festschrift in Honour of Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI (Ed.), Dharmaram Publications, 2018.
  7. Dimensions of Christian Religion, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019.
  8. Syro-Malabar Church and All India Jurisdiction, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019.
  9. Brief Sketch of the History of the St Thomas Christians, by Rev.Fr. Bernard TOCD, 1924. Edited with additional notes and republished, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019.
  10. The Malabar Church and Rome, George Schurhammer, S.J., 1934. Edited and Republished, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019.

Reviews

 

  1. Book Review on Apostolic Christianity In Goa and in the West Coast, Cosme Jose Costa, Asian Horizons, Vol. 4, 1 (2010), 219 -222.
  2. Book Review on Studies in Syriac Spirituality, Sebastian Brock, Asian Horizons, Vol.2, No.1 (June 2008), 71 -72.
  3. Book Review of One Territory – One Bishop? Or Shall the Syrian Rites Die? N.A. Thomas, Asian Horizons, Vol. 5, 1 (March 2011), 198 -200.
  4. Book Review of Vicariate Apostolic of Verapoly and the St Thomas Christians in 1867: Kuriakose Elias Chavara Unworthy of Episcopate? Paul Pallath, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, Herald of the East, Vol. 13, 2 (July – December 2017), 245-247.
  5. Book Review of Vicariate Apostolic of Verapoly and the St Thomas Christians in 1867: Kuriakose Elias Chavara Unworthy of Episcopate? Paul Pallath, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, Herald of the East, Asian Horizons, Vol.12, 3 (September 2018), 537 – 539.

Articles

English

  1. “The Last Persian Metropolitan of St Thomas Christians,” IndianChurch History Review, (June 1999), 64-73.
  2. “Thomas Premmakkal: His Life and Activities,” IndianChurch History Review (December 2000), 79-92.
  3. “The Catholic Community in India,” YesuKristuJayanti 2000-National Celebration Souvenir (2000), 35-40.
  4. “Veneration of the Cross among the St Thomas Christians,” The Folly of the Cross, (Ed.) Paulachan Kochappilly CMI, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 1999, 335-344.
  5. “St Thomas Christians: The First Indigenous Church of India,” Christianity in India, (Ed.) Roger E. Hedlund, Delhi: (ISPCK Publication), 2000, 215-236.
  6. “Christianity: A Survey of Development in the Second Millennium,” Journal of Dharma, Vol. 24, 4 (October-December 2001), 480-495).
  7. “Christian Concept of History,” JeevadharaVol. 32, 191 (Sep 2002), 363-375.
  8. “Pastoral Care of the Migrant Syro-Malabar Catholics,” Journal of St Thomas Christians, (March 2003), 186-198.
  9. St Thomas Christians and Dalit Questions,” Kerala Spectrum, (Ed.) Charles Dias, (Vasco da Gama Research Institute, Kochi, 2006, 187-201.
  10. “Malayalee Migration to Bangalore, Migration in South India,” (ed.) Dr. K.S. Mathew, Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2005, 55-73.
  11. “Christian Movements: A Historic Perspective,” Asian Horizons, Vol.4, No.2 (2010), 226 -238.
  12. “St. Thomas Christians,” The Way of Life, (Ed.) Paulachan Kochappilly, Kottayam: Denha Publications, 2011, 229 -236.
  13. “Foreword to the Book,” The Impact of the Portuguese on the Malabar Society in the Sixteenth Century, Annette Thottakkara, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 201, VII-IX.
  14. “Mar Abraham and St Thomas Christians,” The Indian Christian Heritage,(Ed.) Snaitang O.L. and Menachery George, Bangalore: CHAI Publications, 2011, 129-134.
  15. “St Thomas Christians,”The Way of Life, (Ed) Paulachan Kochappilly, Geo Pallikunnel and Joseph Kureethara, Kottayam: Denha Services, 2011, 229 – 236.
  16. “Daughters of the Lord at the Service of the Church and the State,” Feminine Identity in the Church: Promises and Challenges, (Ed.) Nellickal Abraham and Neelankavil Tony, Trissur: Marymatha Publications, 2011, 123-135.
  17.  “Foreword to the Book,” Integrated Education, P. Sam Daniel & Rachel K. Daniel, Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 2012, 11-14.
  18. “Dharmaram College,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity, Vol., I, Hedlund Roger (Ed.), Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012, 223-224.
  19. “Historical Necessity of Vatican II, Asian Horizons, 6, 3 (Sep 2012), 411 – 422.
  20. “Fr. George Nedungattu and Historiography of the St Thomas Christians,” Journal of St Thomas Christians, 23, 2 (April – December 2012) , 42 – 45.
  21. “Mar Abraham: The Last Persian Metropolitan of the St Thomas Christians,” India’s Christian Heritage, (Eds.) L. Snaitang and G. Menachery, Bangalore: CHAI Publications, Bangalore, 2011, 129-134.
  22. “Historical Background of Vatican II,” San Thome Messenger, (Dec 2012), 8 -13.
  23. “Edict of Milan Revisited,” San Thome Messenger (February 2013), 12 -14.
  24. “Appraisal to the Book:  The Reunion Movement: Documents of CMI Mission,” (Ed.) Fr. Sebastian Poonolly, CMI, XIII – XVII, Published by CMI General Department of Research and Documentation, Kochi, 2013, XIII-XVII.
  25. “The Spirituality of a Theological Educator,” Ploughing the Filed New Life to Sprout, (Eds.) Jabadoss Lawrence and Mohan Larbeer, Bangalore: BTESSC & CLS, 2014, 178 -186.
  26. “Recollecta at Edappalli: An Attempt for Monastic Life among the St Thomas Christians,” Power of Positive Presence, (Eds.) Thomas Kollamparampil and others, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2014, 159 -166.
  27.  “The Vatican Council: The Immediate Historical background,” Revisiting Vatican II 50 Years of Renewal, (Ed.) Shaji Kochuthara CMI, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2014, 91 – 102.
  28. “An Early Attempt for Monastic Life among the St Thomas Christians,” Journal of St Thomas Christians, Vol.25, 1 (January – March 2014), 61 -66.
  29. “OrientaliumEcclesiarum: 2nd Vatican Council Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches: A Historical Survey,” Asian Horizons, Vol.8, 1 (March 2014) 7 -21.
  30. Pacem in Terris: New Perspectives, Dynamics and Orientations in the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church in the Context of Globalization,” Globalization and Responses of the Churches, (Eds.) Alphonsus D’Souza, O.L. Snaitang, L. Longkumer, Guwahati: North Eastern Social Research Centre, 2014, 61 -79.
  31. “Revisiting Vatican II: Debate on Vatican II,” Theology for Our Times, Whitefield: Ecumenical Christian Centre, No. 17, (2015), 65 -72.
  32. Encyclopedia Articles: “Malpanate,” 572 -574, “Mar Abraham,” 575 -576, “Syro-Malabar Church,” 552 -558, “ThachilMathooTharakan,” 763 -764, in A Concise Encyclopedia of Christianity in India, (Ed.) Errol D’Lima, Pune: J.D.V., 2014.
  33. “St Kuriakose Elias Chavara CMI and St. Euphresia CMC,” The Tabor Kiran, Vol, 4, 11 (October – November, 2014), 68 -71.
  34. “St Kuriakose Elias Chavara: Pioneer of the Indian Christian Monasticism,” Herald of the East, Vol.10, 2, (2014), 173 -186.
  35. “Indian Churches at Vatican II: Historical Background to the Indian Participation,” in IL ConcilioVaticano II allaLucedegliArchivideiPadriConciliari, Philippe Chenaux, (Ed.), Lateran University, Rome, 2015, 409 -421.
  36. “DallaColonizzazionealla Romanizzazione: Un Esperienza Indiana di IncontroTraOriente e Occidente,” in Dal Mediterraneo al Mar Della Cina, Cesare Alzati e Luciano Vacaro (Eds.), Vatican: LibreriaEditriceVaticana, 2015, 411 -435.
  37. “The Churches of Byzantine Tradition: Unity in Diversity,” in Church on Pilgrimage,Kuncheria Pathil, ((Ed.) Bangalore: Dharmaram, 2016, 89 -107.
  38.  “Historical Necessity of OrientaliumEcclesiarum,” Revisiting Vatican II: OrientaliumEcclesiarumAfter Fifty Years, Francis Thonippara, CMI (Ed.), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2016, 27-44.
  39. “From Colonization to Romanization: An Indian Experience of West Meeting East,” Journal of St Thomas Christians, Vol.27, 1 (March 2016), 32-56.
  40. “Religious Congregations and Societies of Apostolic Life for Men and Women in the Kerala Catholic Church During the 19th and 20th Centuries,” Consecrated Life for a Transformed World, (Ed.)SajuChackalackal, CMI, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2016, 161-184.
  41. “Msgr. Jacob Kollaparambil, Makil Gurukulam and DVK,” in Msgr. Jacob Kollaparambil, (Eds.) BaijuMukalel and Johnson Neelanirappel, Kottayam: JET Publications, 2015, 143 – 146.
  42. “Churches of St Thomas Christian Tradition: An Overview,” in Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: An Appraisal of the Missionary Legacy in India, (Eds.) Joshua Kalapati, Daniel Jeyaraj and Gabriel Merigala, Chennai: Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies, 2016, 65 -75.
  43. “The Intervention of Mar Sebastian Valloppilly in the Second Vatican Council for the Rightful Autonomy of the Oriental Catholic Churches in India,” Journal of St Thomas Christians, Vol. 27, 2 -4 (December 2016), 28 -50.
  44. “Synodal Church from a Historical Perspective,” Jeevadhara, Vol.47I, 80 (July    2017) 25 -40.
  45. “Seven Dolours of the Syro-Malabar Church,” Ascend to Holiness: Festschrift in Honour of Dr. Thomas Kalayil, CMI, (Eds.) Francis Thonippara, et al. eds., Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2018, 345-363.
  46. “The Intervention of Mar Sebastian Valloppilly in the Second Vatican Council for the Rightful Autonomy of the Oriental Catholic Churches in India,” IL ConcilioVaticano II E I SuoiProtagonistiAllaLuceDegliArchivi, a cura di Philippe Chenaux – KilrilPlamenKartaloff, Rome: LibreriaEditriceVaticana, 2017, 219 – 237.
  47. “Churches of St Thomas Christian Tradition: An Overview,” Studi Di Onore Del Prof. Giorgio Fedalto, a cura di Georgios Ploumidis, IstitutoEllenico Di StudiBizantini E Postbizantini Di Venezia, Atene – Venezia, Italy, 441 -456.
  48. “The Impact of the Udayamperur Synod on the St Thomas Christians,” The Synod of Diamper A Prelude to Indian Renaissance, Pattaparambil Antony George (Ed.), Bangalore: ATC Publishers, 2018, 199 -224.
  49.  “The Role of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Pastoral-Missionary Endeavors of the Syro-Malabar Church,”Journal of St Thomas Christians, Vol.29, 1 (January-June, 2018), 78-98.
  50. “Preparations and Procedures of the Udayamperur Synod,” Thomas Christian Heritage, Vol. 10, 9 (November 21, 2017) 10-30.
  51. “Catholic Revival in the Context of the Protestant Reformation,” Christian Orient, Vol. 40, 1 (March 2019), 40-55.
  52. “Historical Background of the Memorandum of Fr. Placid Podipara CMI to His Eminence Eugene Cardinal Tisserant,” A Milestone and the Roadmap for the Syro-Malabar Church, Paulachan Kochappilly CMI (Ed.) Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019, 23-46.
  53. “Preparations and Procedures of the Udayamperur Synod in Synod of Diamper: AD 1599: Its Historical Backdrop, Impact and Contributions to the Church and the Kerala Society,” Peter Kannampuzha (Ed.), Kakkanad: LRC Publications, 2019, 143 – 163.
  54. “Latin and Italian Rare Collections in St Kuriakose Elias Chavara Archives and Research Centre,” Revisiting A Treasure Trove, Perspectives on the Collection at St Kuriakose Elias Chavara Archives and Research Centre, Joseph Chennattusery, CMI, and Ignatius Payyappilly (Ed.), Bangalore: Centre for Publications, Christ University, 2018, 150-154.
  55. “Priestly Formation in the Catholic Church through the Centuries with Special Focus on India,” Asian Horizons, Vol.12, 4 (December 2018), 553-571.
  56. “Catholic Churches in India and Ecumenical Involvement, in The Centenary of the Tanquebar Conference of 1919 (Ed) David Pichamuthu, Bangalore: St Mark’s Cathedral, 2019, 28-38.

Articles

Malayalam

  1. “CMI Congregation and Malabar Migration,” KudiyettathinteIthihasam, (Malayalam), Tellicherry Archdiocese Golden Jubilee souvenir, 2005, 35-41.
  2. “Vicariates and Growth of the Church,” Karunikan, Vol.9, 3, (March 2012), 25-28.
  3. “The Direction of the Indian Church History,” Karunikan, Vol.11, 8 (August 2014), 14 -17.
  4. “St Chavara and the CMI Congregation,” Karunikan, Vol.11, 10 (October 2014), 76 -79.
  5. “St Chavara and the CMI Congregation in Regaining the Autonomy for the Syro-Malabar Church,” VishudhaTharakangal, Kottayam: Deepika Special on St Chavara and St Euphresia, 2014, 178 -185.
  6. “Historical Analysis of Christian Religious Life,” NazrayenteVazhiye, J. Naluparayil, (Ed.), Ernakulam:  Karunikan Books, 2016, 133-158.
  7. “Udayamperur Synod: Historical Background,” Karunikan, Vol. 14, 3 (May 2017), 22 -26.
  8. “St. Thomas the Apostle and the Indian Church” Malankara Nadam, Vol. 3, 3 (August – September, 2018), 23 – 27.

 

  1. “Mar Abraham: The Last Persian Bishop in Malabar, “at Karnataka Theological College, CHAI, Bangalore, October 16-18, 1997.
  2. “Documents on Archival Material in Dharmaram Library and Archives,” at Mt. St Thomas, Kerala, January 24-26, 2001.
  3. “Mar Thoma I to Mar Thoma VI,” at the Spirituality Centre, Kottayam, Kerala, India, October 17, 2002.
  4. “St Thomas Christians and Dalit Question,” in the Seminar on Dalits, Bangalore, November 28-30, 2002.
  5. Paper on “Malayalee Migration to Bangalore,” at the National Seminar on “Migration,” Tellicherry, October 27-30, 2003.
  6. Paper “Dalit Problem Among the St Thomas Christians,” at CHAI Southern Branch Meeting, Chennai, January 15-17, 2004.
  7. “From Colonization to Romanization: The Synod of Diamper and St Thomas Christians,” at the International Seminar on History of Early Christianity in Asia, Chennai, January 14-16, 2007.
  8. “Daughters of the Lord at the service of the Church and the State,” at the National Seminar on “Feminine Identity in the Church: Promises and Challenges,” Marymatha Seminary, Thrissur, August 15-17, 2009.
  9. “Christianity in India: Challenges and Prospects,” at ECC, Bangalore for St Olaf College Students, November 21-22, 2009.
  10. “The Role of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Pastoral-Missionary Endeavors of the Syro-Malabar Church,” at the National Seminar, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, Kerala, January 9, 2010.
  11. “The Role of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Pastoral – Missionary Endeavors of the Syro-Malabar Church,” in the One-day Seminar, at Poornodaya, Bhopal, February 13, 2010.
  12. “Inaugural Address,” at Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Wardha, SawanghiMeghe, MS, India, June 14, 2010.
  13. “Fundamentalism and Terrorism from the Christian Perspective,” at the National seminar on “Emergence of Fundamentalism and Terrorism in the Indian Context,” Calicut, June 18-19, 2010.
  14. Keynote Address, “New Trends in Research and Higher Education,” ACTS Academy, Bangalore, September 16, 2010.
  15. “St. Catherine of Siena (1347 -1380): The Impact of Catherine’s Mystical Experience on History,” at the International Conference on “Mysticism without Bounds,” DVK, Bangalore, January 5 -8, 2011.
  16. “Theological Education in a Multi-religious and Multi-Ecclesial Milieu: An Indian Experience,” at the International Conference conducted by ACISE at Universite Saint EspritdeKaslik, Beirut, Lebanon, April 28 -30, 2011.
  17. “From Colonization to Romanization: A  Case study of the Encounter of the St Thomas Christians with the Western World,” at the International Conference organized by the FondazioneAmbrosiana Paolo VI, Varese, Milan, Italy,  September 6 -10, 2011.
  18. “Da Colonizzazione all lamanizzazione: um esperienzaIndaiana di incantrotraorienteoccidente. AnalisiCritcadellastoriadeiCristiani di San Tammaso, dal cinquecento ai giorni nostri’, Dal Mediterraneneo al Mar dellaCina” International Conference organized by FondazioneAmbrosiana Paolo VI, Villa Cagnola di Gazzada, Milan, Italy, September 6-10, 2011.
  19. “Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Kerala Renaissance in the 19th Century,” at the International Conference organized by Vasco de Gama Research Institute, Kochi, September 22 -24, 2011.
  20. “Fr. Placid Podipara and the Historiography of St Thomas Christians,” at the CHAI National Conference, at JeevanJyothi, Hyderabad, October 6 -9, 2011.
  21. “Witnessing to Christ in the Indian Context: The Missionary Life of the St. Thomas Christians,” at the National Seminar organized by DVK on the occasion of the Syro-Malabar Mission Year, November 22- 24, 2011.
  22. “St Thomas Christians and the Portuguese in Maritime Malabar with special Reference to Mar Jacob,” at the International Seminar jointly organized by IRISH, St Thomas College, Pala, Anthropological Society of India and Archaeological Survey of India, held at Pala, Kottappuram and Kochi, December 9 -12, 2011.
  23. “Contributions of St Thomas Christians in the growth Kerala Society,”  at the One Day Seminar organized by the NazraniSangamam, Kuravilangadu, January 21, 2012.
  24. “Indian Churches at Vatican II: Historical Background to the Indian Participation,” at the International Conference on “Second Vatican Council in the light of the Archives of the Council Fathers,”  held at Vatican from October 3 -5, 2012.
  25. “Peace of Westphalia Revisited: A Re-Reading of the Peace of Westphalia in the Social Cultural and Religious Pluralism of India,” at the International Conference, AssociazioneCulturaleOriens, Gorizia, Italy, October 12, 2012.
  26. “Second Vatican Council: Catholic Church’s Response to the Signs of Time,” at the Inter-Faculty Symposium at St Peter’s, Bangalore, November 15, 2012.
  27. “Immediate Historical Background of Vatican II,” at the International Conference on “Revisiting Vatican II,” organized by DVK, Bangalore, January 31 – February 3, 2013.
  28. “Debate on Vatican II,”at the Bangalore Inter-Theologate Seminar (BITS), held at Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore, February 16, 2013.
  29. Pacem In Terris: New Perspectives, Dynamics and Orientations in the Social Teachings of the catholic Church,” at the National Seminar organized by North–Eastern Social Research Centre and Tribal Study Centre, Eastern Theological College, Johart,  at Guwahati, April 16 -17, 2013.
  30. “Priestly and Religious Formation in the Catholic Church: From a Historical Perspective,” at the National Seminar on “Formation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Vinayasadhana, DVK, Bangalore, August 24, 2013.
  31. “Religious Orders and Societies in the Catholic Church in Kerala in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” at the National Seminar on “Christian Contribution to Kerala, 19th and 20th Centuries,” JeevasKendram, Aluva, August 31, September 1, 2013.
  32. “Historiography of Indian Christianity,” at the International Conference on “History and Salesian Identity,” Salesian Provincial House, Bangalore, November 16 – 17, 2013.
  33. “Inquisition: An Overview from Historical and Ethical Perspectives,” International Conference on “Bounds of Ethics in a Globalized World,” at Christ University, Bangalore, January 6- 9, 2104.
  34. “Historical Necessity of OrientaliumEcclesiarum,” at the National Workshop on “II Vatican Council: Impact of OrientaliumEcclesiarum on the Eastern Catholic Churches in India,” PPCEICS, DVK, Bengaluru, September 4-6, 2014.
  35. “Individual Churches in India: Historical Origin and Development,” at the International Workshop on “Catholic Cultures and Indian Cultures – Rites, Religiosity and Cultural Diversity in Indian Catholicism,” DVK, Bangalore, January 12-15, 2015.
  36. “The Intervention of Mar Sebastian Valloppilly in the Second Vatican Council for the Rightful Autonomy of the Oriental Catholic Churches in India,” at the International Conference on “The Second Vatican Council and its Protagonists in the Light of the Archives,” Vatican City, December 9 – 11, 2015.
  37. “Religious Orders and Societies in the Kerala Catholic Church during the 19th and 20th Centuries,” at the International Conference on “Consecrated Life in the Globalized Era,” DVK, Bangalore, January 7 – 9, 2016.
  38. “St Kuriakose Elias Chavara and the 19th Century Kerala Society,” at the Conference organized by the Church History Association of India (CHAI), Pondicherry, April 9 -10, 2016.
  39. “Ecclesial Dimensions of Formation,” at the National Conference on “Paradigms in Formation,” DVK, Bangalore, December 16 -17, 2016.
  40. “Life of the St Thomas Christians before the Synod of Diamper,” at the Seminar on “Mar Thoma NasranikalPithrusannidhiyil,” St Thomas Shrine, Azhikode, January 20 21, 2017.
  41. “Preparations and Procedures of the Synod of Diamper,” at the LRC Seminar on “The Synod of Diamper: Contributions to the Church and Kerala Society,” Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, March 7-9, 2017.
  42. “Catholic Revival in the Context of Protestant Reformation,” at the Seminar on “Lutheran Reformation – 500 Years,” PVP, Vadavathoor, September 8, 2017.
  43. “Council of Trent, Catholic Response to the Protestant Reformation,” at the CHAI Triennial Conference, Delhi, October 16 -18, 2017.
  44. “The Impact of the Udayamperur (Diamper) Synod on the St Thomas Christians,” at the National Seminar on “The Synod of Diamper: A Prelude to Indian Renaissance,” Ashirbhavan, Kochi, November 10 -11, 2017.
  45. “Remote and Immediate Historical Background of the Protestant Reformation,” at the National Seminar on “Protestant Reformation – 500 Years,” Ecclesia SempreReformandaEst, DVK, Bangalore, December 1, 2017.
  46. “St. Thomas Christians and All-India Jurisdiction,” at the Denha Endowment Lectures, DVK, Bangalore, January 06, 2018.
  47. “Mar Abraham (+1597) in the History of the St Thomas Christians,” at the Symposium on “Mar Abraham,” Angamaly, January 12, 2018.
  48. “Historiography of the Apostolate of St Thomas in India:  A Critical Appraisal, International Seminar on St Thomas Christians Through Ages: A Historiographical Approach,” Mannanam, January 30 to February 1, 2018.
  49. “Historical Background of the Historic Memorandum of Fr. Fr. Placid Podipara CMI submitted to Eugene Cardinal Tisserant,” at the Workshop on the “Significance of Fr. Placid’s Memorandum submitted to Eugene Cardinal Tisserant,” DVK, Bangalore, October 08, 2018.
  50. “Family in 19th Century Kerala,” at the International Conference on “Vocation and Mission of the Family, Reflections on Chavarul and AmorisLaetitiae,” DVK, Bangalore, 22-25, November 2018.
  51. “Historical and Thematic Evolution of the CMI Constitutions,” at the Training Programme for the Animators of the CMI Constitution Retreat, Chavara Hills, Kakkanad, 15 February 2019.
  52. “Challenges in Contextual Theological Thinking: A Historical Appraisal of Heresies,” at the National Conference on “Expanding Theological Horizons and Expandable Conventional Visions,” Samanvaya, Bhopal, April 1-2, 2019.
  53. “Jesuit Presence in Karnataka and their Contributions to Church and Society: A Critical Overview,” at the International Seminar on “Social Changes in India and the Catholic Church: A Historico-Anthropological Approach, 17th to 20th Centuries,” Christ Deemed to be University, Bengaluru, May 3 – 5, 2019.
  54. Sentire cum Ecclesia: Theology of Feeling with the Church in St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara,” at the Workshop on “Theological Studies on St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara,” CMI Prior General’s House, Kakkanad, June 29-30, 2019.
  55. “Bishop Jonas Thaliath CMI: The Architect of Dharmaram: His Contributions and Theological Vision,” Extension Lecture in the Faculty of Theology, DVK, Bangalore, on the Birth Centenary of Bishop Jonas Thaliath, June 8, 2019.
  56. Efforts for Unity among the St Thomas Christians Reflected in the Varthamanappusthakam,” at the 57th LRC 57Seminar on “A Study on Varthamanappusthakam,” Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, July 11-12, 2019.
  57. “Catholic Churches in India and Ecumenical Involvement,” at the Seminar on “The Centenary of the Tranquebar Conference of 1919,” St Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore, September 10, 2019.
  58. “Person of Bishop Jonas Thaliath: Celebrating CMI Mission 2018 -2019 and Birth Centenary of Late Bishop Mar Jonas Thaliath CMI,” CMI Prior General’s House, Kakkanad, October 07, 2019.

 

  1. International Conference on “The Catholic University in Post-Modern Societies, organized by International Federation of Catholic Universities, IFCU in Rome, November 16-20, 2009.
  2. International Seminar on “The Servants of Mary in the Age of Reformation,” Pontifical Theology Faculty, Marianum, Rome, October 07-09, 2010.
  3. International Conference: Challenges of Theological Education in the Modern World, organized by ACISE at Universite Saint Esprit De Kaslik, Beirut, Lebanon, April 28-30, 2011.

National Seminar on  Early Christian Communities of St Thomas Tradition In India, organized by LRC, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad , at Hope Centre, Amboli, Andheri West, Mumbai, July 28-31, 2011.

  1. International Theological Seminar on “Small Christian Communities,” organized by NST for SCCs (CBCI) at Pallotine Animation Centre, Nagpur, August 17-19, 2011.
  2. International Conference Dal Mediterraneneo al Mar dellaCina” organized by FondazioneAmbrosiana Paolo VI, Villa Cagnola di Gazzada, Milan, Italy, September 06-10, 2011.
  3. International Seminar on “Missionary Foundations of Indian Renaissance” organized by Vasco da Gama Research Institute, Cochin, September 22-24, 2011.
  4. International Colloquium on “Towards a Strong Global Economic System Revealing the Logic of Gratuitousness in the Market Economy,” conducted Pontifical Council for Culture, Rome, at Christ University, Bangalore and Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, October 25-29, 2011.
  5. The 12th General Assembly of COCTI on “Theological Education in a Pluralistic Society,” Pune, November 01-04, 2011.
  6. International seminar on the “Portuguese and the Dutch in Maritime Malabar with Special Reference to Cochin,” held at Pala, Kottappuram and Kochi, December 09-12, 2011. 
  7. National Seminar on “Catechetical Renewal: Pastoral Challenges and Theological Response,” organized by MMI College of Theology, Chennai, Inaugural Address, February 18, 2012.
  8. International Seminar on “Second Vatican Council in the Light of the Archives of the Council Fathers,” organized by Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Vatican, October 03-05, 2012.
  9. International Conference on “Peace of Westphalia,” organized by AssociazioneCulturaleOriens, Gorizia, Italy, October 12, 2012.
  10. International Conference on Revisiting Vatican II 50 Years of Renewal organized by DVK, Bangalore, January 31- February 3, 2013.
  11. National Seminar Pacem In Terris: 50 Years, organized by North –Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati, April 16 -17, 2013.
  12. National Seminar on “God of Life: Lead us to Peace and Justice,” at the Academy of Integrated Christian Studies, Aizawl, Mizoram, February 7-9, 2013.
  13. National Conference on “Prophetic Eco-Theology,” organized by Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Chennai, April 14 -15, 2013.
  14. National Seminar on “Formation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” at DVK, Vinayasadhana, Bangalore, August 24, 2013.
  15. International Seminar on “Imperial Rome, Indian Ocean Regions and Muziris,” Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, September 8 -12, 2013.
  16. National Conference on “Ploughing the Field for New Life to Sprout,” Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore, September 27 -29, 2013.
  17. International Conference on “History and Salesian Identity,” at the Salesian Provincial House, Bangalore, November 16 -17, 2013.
  18. National Workshop on “Indian Church Leadership of Tomorrow: An Ecumenical Consultation,” Chennai, November 18-19, 2013.
  19. National Seminar on “South Indian Archaeology,” at Christ University, Bangalore, November 25 -26, 2013.
  20. Seminar on “Capital Punishment: Theological and Legal Perspectives,”  at ECC, Whitefield, Bangalore, November 30, 2013
  21. International Conference on “Bounds of Ethics in a Globalized World,” at Christ University, Bangalore, January 6 -9, 2014
  22. National Seminar on “Relocation of Mission and Ecumenism in the Context of Margins,” at the Meeting of Senate of Serampore, Kolkata, February 5, 2014
  23. Seminar on “Historical Critical Analysis of Emerging Theology in India with a Contemporary Perspective,” at EEC, Bangalore, August 24, 2014.
  24. International Conference on “The Second Vatican Council and its Protagonists in the Light of the Archives,” Vatican City, December 9 – 11, 2015.
  25. Organized and attended International Conference on “Consecrated Life in the     Globalized Era,”DVK, Bangalore, January 7 – 9, 2016.
  26. One Day Seminar on “Conversion and Minority Rights,” at the ECC, BITS, Bengaluru, 23 January 2016.
  27. National Seminar on “Tradition and Identity of the Syro-Malabar Church,” at LRC, Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, 24 -25 June 2016.
  28. Organized and attended the National Conference on “Paradigms in Formation: Approaches in Priestly and Religious Training in a Globalized World,” DVK, Bangalore, December 16 -17, 2016.
  29. Organized a Seminar on “Mar Thoma NasranikalPithrusannidhiyil,” at St Thomas Shrine, Azhikode, Kerala, January 20 -21, 2017.
  30. National Workshop on “Human Formation in Major Seminaries in India,” Dharmaram College, February 10 - 13, 2017.
  31. National Seminar on “The Synod of Diamper: Contributions to the Church and the Kerala Society,” at LRC, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, March 7 -9, 2017.
  32. National Seminar on “Lutheran Reformation – 500 Years,” at Paurasthya Vidya Peetham, Vadavathoor, Kottayam, September 8, 2017.
  33. National Seminar on “Indian Christianity: Reform Movements and Emerging Trends,” at the 17th CHAI Triennial Conference, Delhi, October 16 -18, 2017.
  34. National Seminar on “The Synod of Diamper: A Prelude to Indian Renaissance,” Ashirbhavan, Kochi, November 10-11, 2017.
  35. Seminar on Kerala Church: Art, Architecture and Heritage Preservation,” at LRC, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, Kochi, November 24-26, 2017.
  36. National Seminar on “Protestant Reformation – 500 Years, Ecclesia SempreReformandaEst,” DVK, Bengaluru, December 1, 2017.
  37. Workshop on “Theological Studies of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara,” at the Prior General’s House, Chavara Hills, Kakkanad, December 9-10, 2017.
  38. National Seminar on “Living Intercultural Theology,” at United Theological College, Bengaluru, August 4, 2018.
  39. Workshop on “The Significance of Fr. Placid’s Memorandum submitted to His Eminence Eugene Cardinal Tisserant on 26 November 1953,” DVK, Bengaluru, October 8, 2018.
  40. International Conference on “Vocation and Mission of the Family, Reflections on Chavarul and Amoris Laetitia,” DVK, Bangalore, November 22-25, 2018.
  41. International Seminar on “Acts of Judas Thomas: An Earliest Written Document of the Evangelization in India,” at the 56th LRC Seminar, Mount St. Thomas, Kakkanad, January 22-24, 2019.
  42. National Seminar on “Socially Oriented Formation in Major Seminaries, Seminar cum Workshop,” Dharmaram College, Bangalore, February 8–10, 2019.
  43. Seminar on “400 Years of Carmelite Footprints in India,” Se Cathedral Campus, Goa, February 10, 2019.
  44. National Conference on “Theological Trends, Expanding Theological Horizons and Expandable Conventional Visions,” Samanvaya, Bhopal, April 1-2, 2019.
  45. International Seminar on “Social Changes in India and the Catholic Church: A Historico-Anthropological Approach, 17th to 20th Centuries,” at Christ Deemed to be University, Bengaluru, May 3 – 5, 2019.
  46. Chavara Lectures, “Family: School of Life, Sanctity and Communion,” by Prof.   Kochurani Joseph, DVK, Bangalore, June 26, 2019.
  47. Workshop on Theological Studies on St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, at the CMI Prior General’s House, Chavara Hills, Kakkanad, Kochi, June 29-30, 2019.
  48. 57th LRC Seminar on “A Study on Varthamanappusthakam, at Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, July 11-12, 2019.
  49. CMI Philosophers and Theologians Forum (CMI PTF), on “To be Poor” and “For the Poor” Perspectives and Challenges,” DVK, Bangalore, July 26 -28, 2019.
  50. Seminar on “The Centenary of the Tranquebar Conference of 1919,” at St Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore, September 10, 2019.
  51. Seminar on “CMI Mission Year, 2018-2019 and Birth Centenary of Late Bishop Mar Jonas Thaliath CMI,”CMI Prior General’s House, Kakkanad, Kochi, October 07, 019.

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Church History

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Postgraduate

Ecumenical Councils

Academic Spirituality

  1. Church History
  2. History of St. Thomas Christians
  3. Syro-Malabar Church
  4. Ecumenism
  5. Second Vatican Council

  1. Topper: BA History, Bangalore University, 1980.
  2. National Coordinator for the Collection of the Documents of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, appointment by Pontifical X Council for Historical Sciences, Vatican, 2009 -2015
  3. Nominated by Pope Francis as Member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, for five years in 2019.

Member

International Team preparing an Asian Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council

2019-

Member

Church History Association of India (CHAI)

1995-

Founder

Association of Catholic Historians of India (ACHI)

2015-

Member

Indian History Congress; South Indian History Congress

2004-

Member

Indian Theological Association (ITA)

1999-

Secretary

Church History Association of India (CHAI)

1999-2001

Member

Senate of Serampore

2010-2013

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