Mission Forum

Mission Forum

  • 1. Fr. George Kurickal (Convenor)
  • 2. Fr. LajarusSoreng (Secretary)
  • 3. Fr. Marcus Ruptake
  • 4. Fr. Allen Gonsalves
  • 5. Fr. Cyprian Dungdung
  • 6. Fr. Barnabas Xalxo
  • 7. Fr. Richard Tirkey
  • 8. Fr. Oscar Kujur
  • 9. Fr. BijayKerketta
  • 10. Fr. Kulandai Raj
  • 11. Fr. Ignatius D’Costa
  • 12. Fr. HilarusTirkey
  • 13. Fr. Sudhir Kujur
  • 14. Fr. Joseph Denis
  • 15. Fr. Philip Maleparambil
  • 16. Fr. Thomas Vadakumpadam
  • 17. Fr. Mathew John
  • 18. Fr. KamilTete
  • 19. Fr. Paul Pallikunnath
  • 20. Bro. Raphael Xalxo
  • 21. Fr. Jose Mudavankunnel
  • 22. Fr. Emil Tirkey
  • 23. Fr. Kailash Hiwale
  • 24. Fr. Michael Raj,
  • 25. Fr. Vincent Chettiar,
  • 26. Fr. Rajesh Lugun,
  • 27. Fr. Solomon Sahayaraj,
  • 28. Fr. Marianus Kujur,
  • 29. Fr. Robin Parapuram,
  • 30. Fr. Ashok Antony,
  • 31. Fr. Anish George,
  • 32. Fr. Pradeep Tirkey,
  • 33. Fr. MarianusKerketta
  • 34. Fr. Henry Nedumkallel,
  • 35. Fr. George Kutty,
  • 36. Fr. Ranjit Tirkey,
  • 37. Fr. Raju Minj,
  • 38. Fr. Petrus Kullu,
  • 40. Fr. JijoPunchayil,
  • 41. Fr. AajoTherully,
  • 42. Fr. Vineesh Thomas,
  • 43. Fr. Peter Thomas,
  • 44. Fr. JinoyKoply,
  • 45. Fr. Anto Varghese,
  • 46. Fr. Ashok Minj,
  • 47. Fr. Sebastian Annaikandathil
  • 48. Fr. Paul Gonsalves

In answer to the call of the Superior General, fourteen members of the Mission Forum of Nagpur Province attended the meeting held at the MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur, on 9th and 10th February 2018. The meeting began at 9.00 am with half hour adoration. This was followed by a session by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the General Councillor in charge of mission, on the topic, ‘A New Understanding of Mission.’ Effective ways and methods were discussed as to how proactive and dynamic a priest should be in the missions and his leadership skills. He must be radical in his way of living. A God oriented person, he should exercise his pastoral ministry. With Fransalian charism. He should have the ability to adopt the above qualities. He needs to understand the theology of religious leadership; that is, God is our leader and he is on His mission. We are asked to participate in the mission of God in tune with His vision and principles.


We need to have an intense state of emotion to participate in the life of God, which will make us humble missionaries, to bring about a union among diverse people. The implications mentioned were: service and communion oriented, non-imposing, nonauthoritative, non-dominant, being united despite all the differences, participatory leadership, a man of love. In the second session, each one presented their report, projecting both the strengths and the challenges they face. The second day we had a session on POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) by Mr. Mushtak Pathan, a child activist. The following points were highlighted: Different aspects of child abuse; How to professionally handle a case of child abuse; Ways to handle issues related to child abuse taking place in parishes and schools. The members presented many pertinent questions for clarification.


In the next session suggestions from the Regional Forum Meeting and the Province Mission Sangam were discussed and clarified. In planning for the future, it was decided to have some training for those in the missions. This must be done at the province level only, as situations of every province differ. It was suggested that during such forum meetings, two days could be fully set apart for such relevant and important seminars and a day for the meeting. The Provincial Councillor in charge of mission was asked to look into the arrangements. The need was expressed to have the Mission Sangam in 2019 also, as proposed in the previous sangam meeting. Though there were a lot of positive outcome of the sangam, it was pointed out that people from interior mission areas coming to Nagpur and seeing the different institutions and buildings of the Province, were not ready to support the works of the mission as before, as they get the impression that the Province has a lot of money. In conclusion Fr. Provincial addressed and encouraged the members working in the missions. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks and wished the members the very best in their mission work.

- FR. LAJARUS SORENG MSFS