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The 31 Plenary Assembly of the Conference of the Cathofic Bishops of India

The 31 Plenary Assembly of the Conference of the Cathofic Bishops of India (CCBI) to he held in Chennai to invigorate the Ministry of Love

The Assembly begins on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, with thesolemn Eucharistic celébration with His Excellency Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal as the chief celebrant. His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the CCBland the Archbishop of Mumbai will preside over the inaugural meeting His Excellency Most Rev Raphy Marjaly,. Bishop of Allahabad, His Excellency Most Rev Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poons, His Excellency Most Rev. George Palliparambel, Bishop of Miao, Rev. Dr. Rudolf Heredia, SJ. from Delhi, Rev. Fr Panneer Selvam from Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rev. Fr. Nigel Barret from Mumbai, Rev. Fr. Rudelf Rodrigues from Bareilly. Mr. Jayaprakashamfrom Salem and Sr. Nirmala SJ.C from Coimbatore will address the Bishops on various aspects and ways to promotethe Joy of the Gospel in the Church byupholding the ministry of love and compassion The Secretaries of the fourteen Commissions and the three Departments of the CCBI will present the biennial reports of the activities for the year 2017 and 2018 The Bishops will evaluate the programmes and plan-out future activities of the CCBI Commissions of Bible. Catechetics, Canon Law and Other Legislative Texts. Ecumenism, Family, Laity, Liturgy Migration, Proclamation, Theology and Doctrine, Vocations, Women and Youth and the Departments of Pontifical Mission Organisations (PMO) Conference of Diocesan Priests of India (CDPI) and the Association of Rectors of Major Seminaries (ARMS) The member Bishops will elect new office bearers and commission chairmen for the CCBI. The meeting will also look into the present situation of the Church in India A one day recollection for the member Bishops, animated by the well-known theologian, Rev. Dr. Anil Dev, IMS from Vatanasi is also organized. A pilgrimage for the Bishops is also plannedand the participants will visit the tomb of St. Thomas, the Apontle of India and Marian Shrines and dedicate the Church in India and the dioceses to the patronage of st. Thomas and the Blessed Virgin Mary

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