CCBI appoints National Officials to Serve Church in India

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Bengaluru, May 7: Proclamation Commission secretary Dr Ambrose Pitchaimuthu (56) from the diocese of Chingleput, Tamilnadu is appointed as the executive secretary to the CCBI Commission for Proclamation. He is currently the national director of the Pontifical Mission Organisations (PMO). The CCBI Executive Committee meeting held on May 2 and 3 decided link the Commission for Proclamation and Pontifical Mission Organisations. Fr Ambrose was born on May 3, 1966 at Cheyur, Tamilnadu and ordained a priest on March 25, 1993. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University, Leuven and a doctorate in philosophy from Angelicum, Rome.

Vocation Commission secretary Dr Charles Leon (59) from the archdiocese of Trivandrum is appointed as the executive secretary to the CCBI Commission for Vocations, Seminaries, Clergy and Religious (VSCR). He is currently the secretary to the KRLCBC Commission for Vocations and the secretary to the KCBC Commission for Education. He will be ex-officio the secretary to the Association of Rectors of the Major Seminaries (ARMS) and also Conference of Diocesesan Priests of India (CDPI). He was born on March 15, 1961 and ordained priest on December 21, 1985. He holds MSW in social work from Loyola College, Trivandrum, PG Diploma in human rights from Hyderabad Central University, M Phil in Health Economics from JNU, New Delhi and Ph D in Social Work from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.

Canon Law Commission secretary Dr Merlin Rengith Ambrose (40) from the diocese of Kottar, Tamilnadu appointed as the executive secretary to the CCBI Commission for Canon Law and Legislative Texts. He is currently the professor of Canon Law at the St Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bengaluru. He was born on May 16, 1981 and was ordained priest on April 19, 2009. Fr Merlin holds doctorate in Canon Law from Pontifical Urban University, Rome and Licentiate in Canon Law, St Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bengaluru. He also has master’s degree in Christian Studies, Madras University; diploma in Canonical Administrative Praxis, Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican.

Associate Director, Communio Fr Gangula Vignan Das (40) is appointed as the associate director for Communio. The Communio is the funding agency of the Latin Church in India to assist the missionaries working in rural areas. Fr Das is a Jesus Youth priest incardinated to archdiocese of Nagpur, Maharashtra. He is a software engineer and worked as the assistant manager of Virinchi Technologies, Hyderabad (2008-2009). He joined Jesus Youth lay missionary movement and was ordained deacon during the XV World Youth Day celebrations at St Joseph’s Church, Krakow, Poland. He was ordained priest on December 29, 2016. He was born on October 30, 1982 at Pezzonipet, Vijayawada Diocese of Andhra Pradesh. He did his philosophical and theological studies at Collegio Urbaniana, Rome. He holds Licentiate in Canon Law, from Urbaniana University, Rome, Bachelors in Computer Applications from Nagarjuna University and Masters’ in Information Systems from Andhra University. He holds diploma in journalism and multimedia from Santa Croce University, Rome and worked one year in FIDES News Agency, Rome.

Proclamation Commission associate secretary Fr Raju Mathew (62) from Jhabua diocese, Madhya Pradesh is appointed as the associate executive secretary for the CCBI Commission for Proclamation and director, Suvarta Kendra, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. He is currently the regional executive secretary to the Commission for Proclamation of the Madhya Pradesh Bishop’ Council. Fr Raju was born on May 2, 1960. He did his philosophical studies from Khrist Premalaya Philosophate, Bhopal and theology from Theological Institute, Ashta, Madhya Pradesh. He was ordained priest on May 9, 1992 for the diocese of Jhabua. He holds BCom from Bhopal School of Social Sciences and diploma in Hindi Literature from Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha. He holds diploma in Biblical Pastoral Ministry and Evangelization from International School of Evangelization, Rome.


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