National Conference 2020

National Conference

Witnessing to the Gospel in a Pluralistic World

 January 20 & 21, 2020

 Organized by

Carmelgiri Research Institute for Community Development & Pastoral Studies & (CRI cdps)

in collaboration with

Association of Carmelgiri Seminary Alumni (ACSA)

“I was found by those not looking for me; I have shown myself to those not asking for me.”

Rom 10:20; Is 65:1


The call of Pope Francis to celebrate October 2019 as an Extra-Ordinary Missionary Month, in connection with the centenary of the promulgation of the apostolic letter “Maximum Illud” on the Activity of Missionaries in the World, triggers serious reflections on the different dimensions of mission. The words of the Risen Lord, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation” (Mk 16:15) make the basic mandate given to every Christian.

The Church is basically and intrinsically missionary. This aspect is not to be diluted. However, a closer look reveals that mission is not just gaining others for the Church, but is Church’s being for others. That is, the Church participating in the joy & hope and the sorrow & fear of the people of today through the dynamic of the Gospel so that she functions as the catalyst for vigour, encouragement and consolation, which finally blossom into the kingdom of God.

In this context Carmelgiri Research Institute for Community Development and Pastoral Studies (CRI cdps), intends through this national conference to create a platform for serious deliberations and sharing on various aspects of witnessing to the Gospel, so that a healthy, all-embracing and holistic approach is arrived at. To realize this it is important that the topic is treated not only from an ecclesiastical or a theological perspective but also from a philosophical, sociological, psychological or even from a political perspective.

 CRI cdps: Carmelgiri Research Institute for Community Development and Pastoral Studies is a Catholic Institution that envisages the education and formation of those involved in ecclesial ministry and leadership. It functions at Carmelgiri St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Aluva. It operates as the interface between the academic world and the pastoral reality and aims at translating the insights of the Second Vatican Council into pastoral practices so that all can take their appropriate roles in the local faith-community.

Some Topics for Deliberations:

  • Witnessing Christ: Scriptural Perspective
  • The Plausibility of Christianity in the Pluralistic World
  • Insights of Vatican II on the Missionary Call of the Church
  • Socio-philosophical Dimensions of Religion
  • The Right to Profess and Propagate One’s Religion
  • Re-evangelisation or Second Evangelisation
  • Christendom, Christianity and Christianness
  • Interreligious Dialogue: Opportunities and Challenges
  • “Anonymous Christians”
  • Ecumenism
  • Life-witnesses of Saintly Missionaries
  • “Heart to Heart-Project” initiated by KRLCC during the Last Latin Catholic Convention of October 2017 at Vallarpadam.
  • Faith and Psychology
  • Contributions of Missionaries in India/Kerala
  • Missionary Contributions from Kerala/India

You are most welcome to participate in this national conference as presenter and/or active listener. For a presentation you can choose any topic mentioned above or connected with the central theme of the conference.

The following are the different possibilities for the participants:

  1. Making a long/short presentation (40 minutes’ presentation followed by an interaction of 12 minutes or 15 minutes’ presentation followed by an interaction of 7 minutes).
  2. A group consisting of maximum 5 persons representing your esteemed institution makes a poster presentation.
  3. A skit or any form of art connected with the topic with a duration of maximum 20 minutes.
  4. Participating as an active listener and contributing to deliberations during the interactive sessions.

 For Participants:

  • Please register before December 12, 2019.
  • Those making presentations please send your papers (ca. 5000 words for long presentation and ca. 2000 words for short presentation) before December 20, 2019, as the proceedings of the conference will be released at the inaugural function. Selected papers without presentation can also be included in the proceedings.
  • Please send the duly filled registration form as early as possible specifying the accommodation requirement, food habits, etc., not later than December 12, 2019.

The registration form is attached.

 Target Group:

Faculty and Students of Major Seminaries in India, Academic and Research Staff, members of ACSA and People involved & interested in the field.


Keynote Addresses, Paper Presentation, Panel Discussion, Sharing, Deliberations, Poster Presentations, Cultural/Art items, etc.


CARMELGIRI – St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri Seminary Road,

U.C. College P. O., Aluva – 683 102, Kerala

For further information and updates, please visit:

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Rev. Dr. Chacko Puthenpurackal

Rector, Pontifical Seminary, CARMELGIRI

Rev. Fr. Antony Kuzhuvelil

President, ACSA

Rev. Dr. Clement Valluvassery


Organizing Team:

Dr. Chacko Puthenpurackal, Fr. Antony Kuzhuvelil, Dr. Clement Valluvassery, Dr. Charles Leon, Dr. Sugun Leon, Dr. Bijoy Augustine Marottikal, Members of ACSA, Members of Theophilos, Media and Writers Forums.

National Conference Registration Form