CBCI Office for Education and Culture

CHAIRMAN
Most Rev Joshua Mar Ignathios
Bishop of Mavelikara
Add : Amalagiri Catholic Bishop's House Punnamoodu, Alappuzra Dt. Mavelikara - 690 101. Kerala
Tel (O) : (0479) 23 44 081, 23 44 085
MEMBERS
Most Rev. Thomas D’Souza
Bishop of Ajmer
Add : Bishop's House, P.O.Kaiserganj, Ajmer - 305 001. RAJASTHAN
Tel (O) : 0145-24 60 074
Fax (O) : 24 60 074
Email: bishop@datainfosys.net

Most Rev. George Antonysamy
Archbishop of Madras - Mylapore
Add : Archbishop's House, 41, San Thome High Road, Chennai - 600 004. Tamil Nadu
Tel (O) : 044-24 64 11 02, 24 64 08 33
Fax : 044 - 24 64 19 99
Email : archmsml@gmail.com

SECRETARY
Fr. Joseph Manipadam, SDB
Add : CBCI Commission for Education & Culture, CBCI Centre 1, Ashok Place, Gole Dakhana, New Delhi - 110 001
Tel (O) : (011) 23 74 72 90
E-mail : cbcieducation@gmail.com


History
Education has always been the core in the development of individuals and the world around them. The Church has always recognized the importance of education in her mission. Pope John Paul II in Redemptor Hominis (14) spoke of the human person as the fundamental way for the Church, the way traced out by Christ himself. Hence, everyone engaged in evangelization cannot but experience the challenge of education in all its facets. The work of the school is irreplaceable and the investment of human and material resources in the school becomes a prophetic choice for everyone involved in evangelization.

Vatican II in Gravissimum Educationis says, “Education is, in a very special way, the concern of the Church… because… it has the duty of proclaiming the way of salvation to all men, of revealing the life of Christ to those who believe”(GE 3).

In order to be of greater service to the Church in its mission of education, the CBCI set up the Commission for Education and Culture in 1984, which is renamed as Office for Education and Culture on 1st April, 2011. The decision for setting up the Education Commission however, was taken at the General Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India held in Delhi on October 13-20, 1966. Most Rev. L. Raymond, Archbishop of Nagpur, was then elected as the First Chairman of the Commission.

Vision
“Vita in plenitudine.” That is the fullness of life for every individual, respecting each one’s human dignity and human rights.

Objectives
  • To gather in the rich and wide-ranging experience of the church in India in the field of education
  • To involve fully in the process of social change
  • To reach out, especially to the poor and the marginalized
  • To commit to the work of justice and enlightening the consciences of human beings with the message of fellowship and love.