PRESBYTERIUM in the place of PRESBYTERAL COUNCIL
At the inception of the diocese there were only 27 priests working in
the diocese. Gradually more priests joined us and there are now
altogether 60 priests working in the different missionary and pastoral
responsibilities of the diocese. Among them twenty five priests are
incardinated to the diocese. Others are priests from other dioceses or
different religious congregations, serving the diocese on a term basis.
As the number of priests is so limited we have not yet instituted the
presbyteral council for the diocese. Instead the whole presbyterium is
consulted on matters that are to be subjected to the consultation of the
presbyteral council as per the law of the church. This consultation is
done usually during the meetings of the priests for monthly
The Third Pastoral Council of the diocese was formed on October 31, 2009
with 55 members of whom are lay persons. The Pastoral Council as a rule
meets three times a year and also on occasions of urgency.
Protosyncellus, Finance Officer, Chancellor, Minor Seminary Rector,
Protopresbyters, Director of Catechesis, Director of Diocesan Social
Service, Director of Diocesan Mission League, Director of Public
Relations, Superior of Shenkottai Mission and Director of Kanyakumari
Catholic Students League.
Representatives of the Presbyterium and Representatives of the Religious Congregations,
Six lay representatives elected from each protopresbyterate.
One representative each elected from the headmasters, teachers and non-teaching staff of the various schools of the diocese.
One representative nominated from the catechism teachers of the diocese.
Experts nominated by the Bishop.
From the year 2000 onwards we have instituted the parish councils in our
churches according to the particular law of the Syro-Malabar Church.
In every parish there are two bodies of the parish council namely
Pothumantram and the Prathinithimantram. In two years time this
administrative system has been introduced in almost all the parishes of
the diocese except a few conducted by the CMI Fathers. The functioning
of the parish council has enhanced the cooperation of the faithful in
the pastoral and missionary activities of the diocese.
Diocesan Bulletin Irai Arul : Chief Editor:
Rev. Fr. Joseph Santhosh