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  History of the Seminary


This seminary is one of the four major seminaries owned by the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church. It was canonically erected at Kunnoth on the 1st day of September 2000 by the Major Archbishop His Beatitude Mar Varkey Vithayathil, through his Decree No. 2336/2000. The seminary is governed and subject to the authority and control of the Major Archbishop and the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church, whose power is exercised by a Synodal Commission constituted for the same.

The seminary, formally inaugurated on 16th June 2001, is situated 6 kilometers away from the town of Iritty, in the civil District of Kannur in North Kerala, in the plot of land donated by the Archeparchy of Tellicherry, a beautiful landscape on the high banks of the Iritty river.

When the seminary was erected, the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church had a plan that visualized a steady growth of the seminary that would complete its full structure in seven years. Accordingly, the foundation stone for the new seminary building was laid on 3rd August 2002.  The completed philosophy block was blessed on 18th June 2003 by His Beatitude Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil. The foundation stone for the theology block was blessed by His Beatitude Ignace Cardinal Moussa I Daoud, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Rome, on 10th January 2004, on the occasion of his visit to the seminary.The construction of the beautiful chapel of the seminary was completed, and was consecrated on 26th July 2007. For the consecration ceremony, His Beatitude Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil and several other bishops were present.

Seven years after the inauguration, the seminary grew her motherhood when 14 of her first batch students got ordained priests for different eparchies in the year 2008-09. In the academic year 2014-2015 the seminary was affiliated to Paurastya Vidyapitham, enabling her to confer Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. The official declaration of the affiliation was solemnly done on 31 October 2014 by His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church.






Goal of the Seminary

The seminary wishes to train its students in such a way that they will become good pastors and ministers of the word of God. The Good Shepherd and Preacher Jesus Christ is the model after whom the candidate in the institute has to fashion himself (Ps 23:1; Jn 10:11). He should become a good and self-sacrificing leader of the Catholic Church. The people of God should feel safe under the protection of this shepherd of Jesus.

Giving personal attention to all the students is one of the main concerns of this institute.
The seminary therefore tries to create a home atmosphere in which all the students feel that their formation is safe under the guidance of the institute. Together with the intellectual training, they are given formation for spiritual and emotional growth: they are given three years of philosophy training which will be followed by an year of practical training and period of personal reflection (regency); then they will receive the clerical dress which will be followed by four years of biblical, theological, and pastoral studies.

Throughout the period of training, the students will get enough opportunities to form a personal prayer life, and to develop their personal talents.
The professors and the students together with their Good Shepherd are always in search of pastures which are the products of the ever changing periods of history. The candidates have to apply effectively their energies in order to form themselves for the church so that they can competently guide the people of God of the Catholic Chruch in India and abroad..



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