CBCI Office for Education and Culture

CHAIRMAN
Most Rev Joshua Mar Ignathios
Bishop of Mavelikara
Add : Amalagiri Catholic Bishop's House, Punnamoodu,
Alappuzha Dt. Mavelikara - 690 101 (Kerala)
Tel (O) : (0479) 2344081
Tel. (P) : (0479-2344082
Fax: 0479-2344083
Mobile: (0)9447141642
E-mail: marignathios@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.mavelikaradiocese.org
MEMBERS
Most Rev.Thomas D’Souza
Archbishop of Calcutta
Archbishop’s House,
32, Mother Teresa Sarani,
Kolkata-700016
(West Bengal)
Tel. (Office) :033-22871960,22879338
Fax(Office): 033-22807015
Mobile: (0)9434095030
E-mail: abpthomasdsouza@gmail
Website: www.archdioceseofcalcutta.in

Most Rev. George Antonysamy
Archbishop of Madras - Mylapore
Add : Archbishop's House, 41, Santhome High Road, Chennai - 600 004
(Tamil Nadu)
Tel (O) : 044-24641102, 24640833
Fax : 044 - 24641999
Email : archmsml@gmail.com
abpmmsec@gamilc.com
Website: www.archdioceseofmadrasmylapore.org
SECRETARY
Fr. Joseph Manipadam, SDB
Add : CBCI Commission for Education & Culture, CBCI Centre 1, Ashok Place, Gole Dakhana, New Delhi - 110001
Tel (O) : 011- 23344470,23344695
Mobile : (0) 9733021677
E-mail (Office): cbcieducation@gmail.com
E-mail (P) : joephileo2011@hotmail.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.