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Five Salesians Present Research Papers at a National Seminar on Adult Faith


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Bangalore, Dec. 21. As the Year of Faith concluded all over the world on 24 November 2013, NBCLC continued the Year of Faith to reflect on the quality of adult faith with research papers from scholars from all over India from 10 December to 14 December at NBCLC, Bangalore. The scholars ranged from theological, philosophical, pastoral, ecumenical and socio-cultural sector to provide a synthetic tapestry of adult faith today.
The Research Seminar was attended by 102 participants from all over India. The participants consisted of bishops, professors of seminaries, post graduate students from major seminaries, theological students from ecumenical theologates, lay animators, pastoral scholars, clergy and Religious.

On the first day, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the president of CBCI and CCBI, inaugurated the Research Seminar with his keynote address on Francis' first Encyclical, Lumen Fidei and first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.

The other bishops who were present, were Archbishop Thomas Menamparambil SDB, Archbishop Bernard Moras, Archbishop Anthony Felix Machado and Bishop Dabre who is the Chairman of NBCLC.

At the beginning of the seminar, Fr. Cleophas Fernandez, the director of NBCLC and the main organizer of the Seminar briefed the audience on the dynamics of the seminar. The seminar integrated research papers and workshops to provide a holistic view of the theme from research and ground level.

There were five Salesians who presented research papers, namely, Archbishop Thomas Menamparabil, Fr. Thomas Anchukandam, Fr. Dominic Veliath, Fr. Gilbert Choondal and Fr. Joy Pulikan. Archbishop Thomas provided a cultural perspective of faith while Fr. Thomas provided the historical understanding of faith. Fr. Dominic presented a critical reflection on the issue of fundamentalism and faith. Fr.Joy Pulikan presented stages of faith in one's life. Fr. Gilbert reflected on the role of adult catechesis in providing adult faith today.

The days of the seminar were enhanced by prayerful and reflective liturgical animation of Fr. Gilbert Choondal, SDB. The seminar ended with a statement that called for pastoral action on the theme.
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