Curia and Administration
CURIA AND ADMINISTRATION
Eparchial Administrative and Consultative Bodies, Commissions and the Apostolate
As an Eparchy of the Syro-Malabar church, It has corresponding administrative and consultative bodies as per the code of canons of the eastern churches. In the Civil Law the Diocese of Ujjain is a registerd society. Hence there are corresponding administrative and consultative bodies. Here Below is given the brief description of such bodies and structures under both the ecclesiastical and the civil law.
A. Diocesan Curia of Ujjain
Bishop Sebastian vadakel
Fr Scaria Vareeckal -(Proto Synccllus)
Fr John Kondooparambil-(Chancellor)
Fr Jacob Nirappel-(Finance Officer)
Fr Antony Pulickamandapathil-(Priest Member)
B. College of Eparchial Consultors
Very Rev. Fr Scaria Vareeckal
Rev. Fr Jose Kondoor
Rev. Fr Jacob Nirappel
Rev. Fr Thomas Konnackal
Rev. Fr Antony Pulickamandapathil
Rev. Fr Augustine Thevarkunnel
Rev. Fr George Thoppil
Rev. Fr Vincent Kadalikattilputhenpura
Rev. Fr John Kondooparambil
C. Finance Council
The members of the finance council have the great responsibility of directing and guiding the finance management of the eparchy. The members of the finance Council are the Following:
Mar Sebastian Vadakel
Very Rev Fr Scaria Vareeckal
Rev. Fr Jacob Nirappel
Rev. Fr Antony pulickamandapathil
Rev Fr Alexander Pinamarukil
D. Eparchial assembly
As per the provisions in the code of canons for the eastern churches for the eparchial assembly, the eparchy of Ujjain holds it almost every year. Since the catholic population is small almost all the faithful and the missionary personnel participate in this celebration. Specified themes are presented for study and reflection by the people of god. It is an occasion for the laity where they feel that the people of god. It is an occasion for the laity where they feel that the people of god are actively involved in the mission and the activity of the eparchy.
C. Presbyteral council
Since the number of priests in the eparchy is only 86, the entire presbyterium functions as the presbyteral council of the eparchy. Almost every month the priests have a common meeting from 02.00 p.m. to 04.00 p.m. under the presidency of the bishop. Important pastoral, missionary concerns in the diocese are discussed and the conclusions recorded. The chancellor to the eparchy functions as its secretary and he keeps the minutes and the report is presented before the following months meeting. This helps in the active involvement of priests in the apostolic activities and decision making in the eparchy.
D. Eparchial Mission Council (Pastoral Council)
The Eparchy of Ujjain, being a mission eparchy, has its mission council consisting of the representatives of all the faithful: lay, religious and priests in the eparchy. The Eparchial Mission Council consists of 111 members with the eparchial bishop as its president. It has been constituted on the basis of canon law (CCEO 272-275), Particular law of Syro-Malabar Church and the directives of the Bishop Of the Eparchy of Ujjain in the year 2002. The languration and first meeting of the eparchial mission council took place on 2nd February 2003. The Mission Council is to be convened at least once a year.
This body is composed of two types of members: Ex-officio members and elected members from every section.
E. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The Bishop- president
College of Eparchial Consultors
Financial Committee Members
Heads of Various Apostolates
Regional Director- M.S.T.
Rector-Ruhalaya Major Seminary
Rector-Eparchial Minor Seminary
Major Superiors-Religious Congregations
President-Eparchial C.R.I Unit
Representatives of the priests
-One priest Member for each Group (Up to five years; six to ten years; eleven to twenty Years above; twenty years)
Representatives of women Religious per Congregation
-One member up to 03 convents in the Eparchy;
-Two members from above three convents in the eparchy
Representatives of the lay faithful
-one member up to five faithful
-Two Members up to twenty five faithful
-four members up to fifty faithful(at least one should be a woman)
-SIX Members from hundred to three hundred faithful(2 men 2 women and 2 youth-one male and a female above 18 years)
-Nine members from there hundred and above(3 men; 3 women and 3 youth above 18 years-at least one should be a female)
An elected vice-president, secretary and two joint secretaries from the council constitute the executive body. Under the Direction of vice president the topic of the meeting is fingalized presented before the president.
A. THE FUNCTIONING OF THE COUNCIL
The members of the executive body are elected for a term of three years. At least once in every year the council holds its meetings. But generally the council holds two meetings per year.
Though this council every section of the church get an opportunity to take part in the decision making of the Eparchy. Even the laity plays an active role in it.
The Mission Council in the Eparchy of Ujjain is an active body which plays a great role in the life of the church. In Various matters the council expresses its ideas which animate the life of the church.
Fellowship: Association of the priests ascribed to the Eparchv
Apart from the presbyterium there is also an association of the eparchial clergy named Fellowship. It also is a forum to discuss pastoral and missionary endeavors of the eparchy and priests welfare programmes which is held twice a year in the presence of the local hierarch. All the priests ascribed to the eparchy are its members. It has its president, secretary and executive committee members.
Inter Eparchial Tribunal
With the consent of the signature Apostolica the eparchies of Ujjain Jagdalpur and Sagar Satna have formed two inter-eparchial tribunals. They function as first and second instance tribunals correspondingly. The members of the Ujjain-Jabadalpur tribunal are:
Judicial Vicar : Rev Fr Vincent Kadalikattilputhenpura
Judges : Rev Fr Thomas Thachilettu
Rev Fr Antony Perumanoor
Defender of the Bond : Rev. Fr John Kondooparambil
Notary : Rev. Fr Joseph Karukayil
During the reporting period, the marriage between Mona Carloz and Loyed DSouza was nullified on the ground of fear and force.
Registered Society : The Diocese of Ujjain
In the Civil Law The Diocese Of Ujjain is a registered Society. Hence there are Corresponding administrative and consultative bodies. The registered society named The Diocese of Ujjain has its general Body which functions following the Bye-Laws approved by the Civil Body
General body members of the eparchy: following are the General Body Members
Bishop Sebastian Vadakel
Very Rev Fr Scaria Vareeckal
Fr Jacob Nirappel
Fr Antony Pulickamandapam
Fr Augustine Thevarkunnel
Bishop Sebastian Vadakel Bishop
Very Rev Fr Scaria Vareeckal Secretary
Fr Jacob Nirappel Treasurer
Fr Antony Pulickamandapathil Member
Fr Augustine Thevarkunnel Member
Eparchial Mission Council
Mar Sebastian Vadakel : President
Rev Fr James Akkamparampil : Vice-President
Sr. Ansala SABS : Joint Secretary
Miss Sudha Lakra : Joint Secretary
Priests : 28
Religious Sisters : 24
Laymen : 44
Laywomen : 15
Total members : 111