Diploma Course in Theology

The basic course in Theology coincides with the three and a half years of the first cycle of the Faculty. Basic Course students are exempted from Seminar II. However, they are to have some knowledge of the biblical languages. They have to write also a dissertation on a theological theme consisting of between 6000 and 7000 words directed by one of the teachers of the Faculty and submit it during the sixth semester. In order to secure a pass in the basic course a student should obtain 40% marks in individual subjects and 40% mark in final comprehensive examinations. Diploma students who successfully complete the prescribed course in Theology may receive Diploma in Theology.



BT 1. Inspiration and Hermeneutics (2)

The course consists of the following points: Definition of terms: inspiration and hermeneutics, Bible as the Word of God in human language, the truthfulness of the Bible as a result of the inspiration; canon of the Bible and the main criteria in establishing the canon; methods and approaches to biblical interpretation and Bible in the life of the Church.
Thadathil L./Prasad J.

BT 2. Pentateuch (3)

This course is a detailed introduction to the first five books of the Bible. After discussing briefly the Pentateuchal problem and the present position of the pentateuchal scholarship, the primeval history (Gen. Chs. 1-11), the Abraham stories (Gen. Chs. 12-25), the story of Isaac (Gen. Ch.26), the Jacob stories (Gen. Chs. 27- 36) and the Joseph stories (Gen. Chs. 37-50) are analyzed. Further, the exodus event, the ten plagues, the Sinai covenant, the legal corporal of the O.T. such as the Decalogue (Ex. 20:2-17; Deut. 5:6-21), the code of the covenent (Ex.20:22-23:19), the ritual Decalogue (Ex.34:14-26), the Deutronomic code (Deut.chs. 12- 26) holiness code (Lev. Chs. 17-26), the apodictic and casuistic laws of the O.T. are given detailed consideration.
Chanikuzhy J. /Thondiparambil J.

BT 3. Prophets I (3)

The course on Prophets has two parts. Prophets I is a general introduction to the prophetical writings. The origin of the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel. The characteristics of Nabiim. The formation of prophetical books and the leading literary categories. The various divisions and classifications of the prophetical books. Elijah, the prophet of Yahweh. The study of the pre-exile prophets, Amos, Hosea and Micha.
Thadathil L./Mathirappilly S.

BT 4. Prophets II (3)

Prophets II studies Proto, Duetro and Trioto Isaiah; Jeremiah and Ezechiel. It will also have a general study of the remaining prophets. The course includes the study of Jesus the prophet. The prophetical mission of the Church and the prophetical dimensions of priestly and religious lives also are dealt with.
Thadathil L. /Mathirappilly S.

BT 5. Psalms (2)

This course offers a basic introduction to the book of psalms and Hebrew poetry. A few individual psalms shall also be analysed and studied from literary and canonical perspectives. In addition, the students shall be introduced to the main theological emphases of the book of psalms as well as to the canonical meaning and significance of the book.
Mayyattil J.

BT 6. The Wisdom Literature (3)

The course aims at acquiring an overall grasp of the background, development, the literary types and message of the sapiential literature of the Old Testament. The course has two parts. The first part is a general introduction to the Wisdom literature. In the second part selected texts from the Wisdom Literature will be studied.
Nalpathilchira J./Thondiparambil J.

BT 7. New Testament Background (2)

Just as any other literary piece, the Biblical text too is a product of its times. In addition to the dominant and decisive influence of the Judaic world, the Greco-Roman world has inserted its influence on the NT writings. After a short discussion of the geographical and historical settings of the NT, special attention will be paid to the Socio-cultural, linguistic, philosophical and religious background, in which the NT writings had their origin. The situation of the primitive Christian community whom the books were primarily intended also come into our purview.
Achandy J./Puthenpurackal C.

BT 8. Introduction to Synoptics and Mark (3)

The study of any one of the first three Gospels has to address the problem of the overwhelming similarity and dissimilarity with other two. A detailed discussion of this and other related problems as well as an evaluation of the proposed solution to the theme form the first part of this course. The Gospel of Mark, assumed in many of the solutions to be the first among the Synoptics, gets the major attention in the next. After the discussion of introductory questions like author, place and time of compositor, etc., the literary and theological structure of the Gospel will be mentioned. Following the outline, the individual units or groups of units will be analysed and interpreted.
Nalpathilchira J. /Cyprian E.

BT 9. The Gospel of Matthew (2)

The expectation of the course is to introduce one into an experience of the various dimensions of the person, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God according to the Gospel of Matthew. The text of the Gospel of Matthew is read from various perspectives. A preliminary consideration consists of the study on the authorship, date and place of writing, purpose and the main characteristics of the Gospel of Matthew and of the community to which the evangelist wrote this Gospel. This will be followed by a study of the structure and main theological concerns of the Gospel of Matthew. Texts like the infancy narrative, baptism and temptation of Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, missionary discourse, parables and miracles in Matthew, the account of Last Supper, the account of passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are studied in detail especially from the point of view of its impact as a life transforming experience.
Achandy J./Puthenpurackal C.

BT 10. Luke - Acts(3)

The course aims at studying the Gospel of Luke from different angles. Our study starts with an enquiry about the author, date and place of writing, the main characteristics of the Gospel and the community to which this Gospel is written, followed by a discussion on the structure and main theological concerns of the Gospel. Then a close reading of Gospel is done with special attention to the infancy narrative, ministry in Galilee, journey to Jerusalem, parables in Luke and the account of passion, death, resurrection and the command of Jesus for a universal mission. The interpretation of the texts is done with special attention to their practical implications in the society today.
Thayil P./Cyprian E.

BT 11. The Johannine Literature (4)

This course consists of the study of the Gospel of John and the three Letters of John. A first reading of the Gospel will include introductory questions, such as the literary character, the authorship, the religious and the socio-cultural background of the Gospel, and the Johannine community in which the Gospel took shape. A second reading will involve an exegetical analysis of the Gospel, especially the Prologue, the dialogues, the discourses and the semeia of the book of Signs, and the farewell talks and the passion narrative of the book of Glory. Such a reading coupled with hermeneutical reflection will try to elicit the theology of the Fourth Gospel.
Chanikuzhy J./ Mulloor A.

BT 12. Pauline Letters (4)

The introductory part of the course will consist of the following: (a). a brief look into the life and person of Paul; (b) the presentation of Paul as the creator of the apostolic letter writing praxis; (c) the rhetorical character, and the format of Pauline Letters; (d) a classification of the Letters of Paul on the basis of authenticity, date and content. In the selections of passages from the undisputed Letters special emphasis will be given to biblical theological and hermeneutical problems arising out of the Letters, I Thessalonians, Romans, Galatians and 1 and 2 Corinthians.
Maleparambil J./Nalpathilchira J./Prasad J.

BT 13. Captivity Letters (2)

The “Captivity Letters of Paul,” viz., the letters of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians, are named thus because Paul’s imprisonment is mentioned in them. Philippians and Philemon undoubtedly come from Paul’s own hand. The authenticity of Colossians and Ephesians is, however disputed. After treating such introductory questions the course will take into account the vision of Christ, of his Body the Church, of the mystery of God hidden for ages and now revealed, and of the consequent way of life to be led by Christians.
Maleparambil J./Cyprian E.

BT 14. Letter to Hebrews (1)

This course contains the following points: A primary study is on the title, author, date of composition, literary genre, purpose and Sitz im Leben of Hebrews. This will be followed by a study of the literary structure of the book. Main argument of this book ‘the priesthood of Jesus the High Priest’ and other theological themes like faith, suffering and hope, charity and holiness etc. are studied in detail. A reflection is also envisaged on the relevance of priesthood in the society today and on the originality of the Christology of Hebrews.
Maleparambil J./Cyprian E.

BT 15. The Book of Revelation (1)

The Book of Revelation will be introduced in the perspective of the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of the period. After looking into the literary character, the authorship and the date of the book, selected texts will be taken up for exegetical study to elicit the message of the book. The close reading will show how the author tried to interpret and evaluate the happenings of his time in relation to the Church and how he tried to instill faith and hope in his readers, especially in moments of crisis and suffering, on the basis of the firm conviction of victory of Christ at the end, as God has the last word in history.
Chanikuzhy J./Prasad J.


ST 1. Introduction to Theology (2)

The course is intended to guide the students into theological studies. This is carried out in four phases. The students will be introduced to theological terms in the initial phases along with the explanation of various definitions and divisions of theology. The historical development of theology is treated in the second phase. The Second Vatican Council Documents will be introduced in the third phase along with their theological orientations. The present day theological trends – both western and Indian – are introduced in the final phase.
Kundukulam V. / Valluvassery C.

ST 2. Revelation and Faith (3)

Revelation is the fundamental concept of theological reflection. Biblical understanding of cosmic (natural) and historical revelations, and their mutual relationship. The theology of revelation in the Patristic and scholastic traditions. Vatican I and Vatican II on revelation, contrast and comparison. Philosophical challenges to the Christian understanding of revelation. Revelation and world religions. Faith as a response to God who reveals. Problems and challenges to faith. Biblical understanding of faith. Justification by Faith. Trent and Reformation. Faith and Salvation. The certitude and darkness of faith. The Hindu and Islamic understanding of revelation and faith.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.

ST 3. God of Salvation & Trinity (3)

This course begins with a preliminary investigation on reason and faith which leads to an understanding of different forms of theism and atheism. In the context of the one, personal God revealed in the Old Testament the different names of God and his attributes are discussed. The development of the doctrine of the Trinity is brought out going into the patristic sources and early Councils. The course also looks at the Trinity from a pastoral point of view. Christian spirituality should be rooted in the Trinity, which invites all to a life of mutual love, sharing and unity. The Indian concepts of God seen as Sat – Cit – Ananda enrich the Christian understanding of the Trinity.
Kallungal M. /Gregory R.B.

ST 4. Christology (4)

This course is a systematic reflection on the person and work of Jesus Christ. It attempts to find out the New Testament affirmations on Christ and the traditional Christological formulations. It will study the theological meaning of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An attempt would be made to interpret the meaning and relevance of Jesus Christ in the Indian context.
Panjikaran S./Puthenpurackal C.

ST 5. Ecclesiology (4)

This study will investigate the biblical, patristic and the subsequent development in the understanding of the Church throughout the centuries. Second Vatican Council changed the focus of understanding the Church from ecclesio-centrism to Christocentrism, from Church as society to church as communion, pattered after the Trinitarian community, from pyramidal to communion model. The challenges and issues the Church faces in the new millennium, will be looked at from the perspective of Church’s prophetic role in the world. A contextualized ecclesiology will also be attempted as the Church finds herself as the sacrament of Christ, in the pluri-cultural pluri-religious and poverty stricken and exploited situation of India.
Muthanattu J. /Gregory R.B.

ST 6. Grace and Pneumatology (3)

Part One: Development of a catholic theology of grace:- Scriptural and Patristic teachings on grace. St. Thomas and the Scholastic classification of grace. Lutheran teachings and the response of the Council of Trent. Medieval theologians on grace and justification. New interpretation of the notion of grace by K. Rahner and L. Boff. Part Two: Grace as the indwelling presence of the Holy Trinity:- The immanence of the Risen Christ in us and our special union with him as taught by Paul and John. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the gift of divine life and divine sonship. The spiritual gifts and charisms.
Kallungal M./ Kadeparambil A.

ST 7. Mariology (1)

This course seeks to reflect on Mary, the archetype of the Church. The role of Mary in the salvation history will be explored. It will also study the important Marian dogmas and other important mariological issues such as marian devotions and apparitions.
Pulprayil S. /Panakal J./Gregory R.B.

T 8. Sacraments in General (3)

This course offers an understanding of the sacraments in their biblical, liturgical, historical, ecumenical, personal and communal dimensions. The students are invited to reflect deeply on the basic fact that the Church lives through the sacraments. The method used is historico-theological. The main themes: the term “sacrament” - Sacraments in all Religions - Theological Preconditions for Sacramental Theology – Beginning of Christian Sacraments – Development of Christian Sacraments - Twentieth century Developments – Sacramental Causality – Effects of the Sacraments – Institution of the Sacraments – Sacraments as Liturgical Acts and finally Active Christians as living Sacraments.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.

ST 9. Sacraments in Particular (2)

This study intends to offer the theology of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders. Baptism: Symbolism of Water – Historical Antecedents to Christian Baptism – New Testament Insights into Baptism – Baptism in the Judeo-Christian Writings – Effects of Baptism – Infant Baptism – Baptism and Original Sin. Confirmation: Uneasiness about Confirmation – Biblical Foundations – Development of Confirmation as a Separate Sacrament-Theology of Confirmation. Anointing of the Sick: Biblical Foundations – History of Anointing and Healing in the Church – Theology of Anointing of the Sick. Holy Orders: The Origins of Office in the Church – The Development of Teaching about the Sacrament of Orders - Bishop, Priest, Deacons.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.

ST 10. Eucharist (3)

The purpose of this course is to present before the students the glory and power of the sacrament of Eucharist. The course is offered in 11 main areas regarding this subject: Foreshadowing of the Eucharist in the Old Testament and in Jewish Tradition – Eucharist in the Gospels – Pauline Theology of the Eucharist – The form of the Primitive Eucharist – The Medieval Eucharistic Theology – Development of Eucharistic Theology in Modern Age - The Trinitarian Aspect of the Eucharist – The Ecclesial Dimension of the Eucharist and finally the Eschatological Dimension of the Eucharist. Understanding the real meaning of Eucharist will enable the students to participate actively in this mystery and work for the formation of one body called the Mystical body of Christ.
Pulickal S./Lanthaparambil G.

ST 11. Sacrament of Reconciliation (3)

The main objective of this course to explain clearly the distinctive elements of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and create in the minds of students a thirst for regaining the lost vigor of this sacrament and celebrate it meaningfully. Our study begins with a review of the present situation of the administration of this sacrament and it points out the reasons for the common disinterest and lag in the celebration of the sacrament. It calls for an exploration of the notion of sin. The loss of the sense of the sin, which has become one of the characteristics of modern society demands convincing answers with regards to the role of the Church. One may find out different forms and various traditions: Canonical penance, Tariff penance and private penance, each with its merits and demerits. After acquiring balanced view of tradition and theology, we shall deal with the quasi matter and material integrity of this sacrament. The role of the minister of confession is discussed in detail.
Illathuparampil M.

ST 12. Theological Anthropology (4)

This course will reflect upon the totality of human reality with special reference to creation, original sin, body, woman, work and leisure from the perspective of social sciences, Christian revelation and teachings of the Church. Students are initiated to the methodology of theologizing from and for various contexts. It also deals with the question of supernatural beings like angels and devils.
Kundukulam V./Gregory R.B.

ST 13. Missiology (2)

This course intends to offer a vision of Missiology in general, the biblical, theological, canonical and historical dimensions of mission and its relevance in today’s world. It also deals with the mission of the Church in India and its challenges.
Kochukarottu J./ Gregory R.B.

ST 14. Theology and History of Religions (3)

This course deals with Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism in general and the Catholic theology of other religions in particular. We examine the universalism and particularism inherent in biblical and patristic texts. The students are also introduced to the various schools of thought – ecclesiocentrism, christocentrism, theocentrism, soteriocentrism and pneumatocentrism – developed in the Theology of Religions and are educated to evaluate them in the light of Church documents to form a sound attitude towards other religions. It also speaks about the singularity of the Church and the conditions for a fruitful dialogue.
Kundukulam V./GregoryR.B.

ST 15. Ecumenism (1)

The course on Ecumenism deals with the theology of the unity of the Church, the divisions, Reunion attempts, the origin and development of Ecumenism, various ecumenical movements, the ecumenical activities of the Catholic Church, the various documents of Catholic Church on Ecumenism and the difficulties and problems of Ecumenism
Nelpuraparambil P./Marottikaparambil F.

ST 16. Eschatology (2)

Christian Eschatology is the explanation of Christian hope that is founded on the promises of God made through Jesus Christ. This course envisages explaining the Christian hope of man regarding the final goal of man and of the universe. The hope of the second coming of Christ, Resurrection of the dead, the personal and general judgment, the meaning of the mystery of death, purification after death, the scope of eternal death and eternal life are the main issues discussed. The hope of the fullness of life in non- Christian traditions is considered.
Panjikaran S./Manuel R.

ST 17. Oriental Theology (2)

The course on Oriental Theology is intended to impart an overall knowledge on the various Oriental Churches. It deals with origin and history of Oriental Churches, the theological differences between the West and the East. It treats about the ecclesiology, Christology, Sacramental theology, Spiritual theology etc. of the Oriental Churches. The documents of the Catholic Church on Oriental Churches are also dealt with.
Nariculam A.

ST. 18. Modern Trends in Systematic Theology (2)

Topics like Dalit Theology, Feminism, Liberation Theology and Mysticism are treated in this course.
Kadavil M. /Raynolds B./Rolden J./Paravila F.

ST. 19. Context of Theologizing in Kerala

This course is based on the vision that examination of the context is a necessary prelude to the study of theology and to the process of theologizing. Subsequently this course will introduce the students to the history, ideologies, movements, agitations, events, leaders, culture, literature and religious trends, which have shaped the visions and life-style of Keralites in the last two centuries. Exploration of these contexts will make them aware of the theological concerns of the local Church and they will be familiarized with the hermeneutics of theologizing from an Incarnational perspective.


MT 1. Fundamental Moral Theology (4)

It mainly deals with the methods of moral analysis i.e. how to arrive at correct moral decisions. Analyzing different moral methodologies we give primary importance to the personalist moral methodology developed by Catholic moral theologians receiving inspiration from the proposals of Vatican II. We make an effort to give adequate importance also to the social structural dimension of morality and the reality of sin. It is in this context we think about giving an adequate importance to the formation of a Christian conscience which takes in to consideration both personal and social dimension of conscience. Finally the question of distictiveness or uniquness of Catholic moral theology also will be discussed.
Chenattu A./Arakkal J.

MT 2. Bio-Ethics (3)

This is a course which points to the moral obligation of protecting and promoting human life. The principle of inviolability of human life demands sufficient health care facilities and provisions for a decent human life. Human life has also to be protected from different threats to which it is constantly exposed especially in its beginning and end, namely indiscriminate experimentation on human life, organ trade in the pretext of organ transplantation, genetic engineering, abortion, life-prolonging treatment, euthanasia, suicide etc. As a part of this course we also critically analyze certain topics which are traditionally considered as exception to the principle of inviolability of human life, namely self defense, self immolation, violent revolution, capital punishment, just war, etc.
Chennattu A/Arackal J.

MT 3. Social Ethics (3)

While the victims of injustice and inhumanities are increasing in the world, a Christian must be able to react against them at the light of the radical Gospel message of Justice. This course is a humble endeavor to analyze the notion of justice and the virtues connected with it. Justice speaks about the fundamental rights of man: the right to life, right to property, right to one’s honor, etc. A picture of the violation of these fundamental rights will shed light on the inhuman realities that threaten the dignity and honor of human life. Reparations of injuries and contracts are discussed, for they speak out the various forms of injustice and violations. Globalization and doing Christian social ethics with the downtrodden are also evaluated in this class.
Illathuparampil M./Arakkal J.

MT 4. Sexual Morality and Marriage (3) This course is meant to impart a correct perspective on sexuality and marriage so that ethical issues emerging from these areas can be correctly assessed from a moral point of view. Due to certain historical influences a one-sided and distorted vision on sexuality and marriage is developed in the Catholic tradition giving undue importance to the procreative purpose of sexuality. But the scriptural sources and the authentic tradition of the Church and lately the teaching of Vatican II point to a more balanced vision on sexuality and marriage. It is from this perspective different ethical issues connected with human sexuality are analyzed. This course also will deal with the sacramentality of Christian marriage, the moral issues connected with responsible parenthood and artificial reproductive technologies.
Chenattu A./Julian Baiju

MT 5. Special Questions in Moral Theology (2)

This meant to address certain moral issues of contemporary interest and relevance. In choosing special issues for treatise primary importance is given to its pastoral relevance and importance.
Chennatt A. /Vincent R.P.


L 1. Introduction to Liturgy (2)

The course includes the study of the following elements: The concept of liturgy. Historical development of the liturgy. Liturgical renewal in the light of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II and other relevant documents. Liturgical theology. Pastoral Liturgy: Active participation, Liturgical spirituality, Liturgical catechesis, Liturgical music, art & architecture, Liturgy and Popular Devotions. Latin/Syro- Malabar/Syro-Malankara liturgies and their salient features.
Nellickakandathil J./Rajadas G.

L 2. The Liturgy of the Hours and the Liturgical Year and Calendar (2)

This course is directed to the study of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Liturgical Year. Under the study of the Liturgy of the Hours, the following are included: Ritual Jewish prayer in Jesus’ time, the experience and teaching of Jesus regarding prayer, a short history of the Liturgy of the Hours and a detailed study of Institutio generalis de Liturgia Horarum in its structural elements & theology. The Liturgical Year & Calendar are studied in the two main cycles: Temporal cycle & the Sanctoral Cycle. This study includes a three-fold manner, i.e., a short history, the presentday arrangement and theology.
Rajadas G.

L 3. Liturgical Year and Divine Office (Syro-Malabar) (2)

The Concept of time in the Bible and in Salvation History. The understanding of the Liturgical Year from Cosmic, Biblical, Hebrew and Christian perspectives. Structure and important theological themes of the Eastern Liturgical Year in general. History, structure and theology of the Syro-Malabar Liturgical Year. The Prayer and its timing in the Bible. Historical development of the Divine Office. Theology and spirituality of the Divine office. The Divine Office of the Syro - Malabar Church: Its history, various parts and content.
Grace SABS

L 4. Liturgy of the Sacraments (Latin) (3)

It includes the study of the sacraments i.e., the sacraments of the Christian initiation (i.e., baptism, confirmation and eucharist), and the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick) the sacraments at the service of communion (Ordinations and Marriage) and the sacramentals (Christian burial and Blessings). Each one is studied at three levels: biblical basis, a short history and the present day celebration with the help of theology.
Rajadas G.

L 5. Liturgy of the Sacraments (Syro-Malabar) (3)

The Sacraments as “Mysteries” and as a “Personal Encounter” with God. The stages of the development of the Sacramental Rites. The anthropological dimension of the Sacraments. The History, Structure, Rites and Theology of the Syro-Malabar Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony and Holy Orders.
Nellickakandathil J.

L 6. Eucharistic Liturgy (Latin) (3)

It aims at the study of ‘the sacrament’ of the sacraments in its liturgical perspective. It includes: Jewish background and Biblical foundation. A short history of the Eucharistic celebration, a detailed analysis of the structural elements of the Mass in the light of the GIRM, Particular aspects of the Eucharistic celebration (Worship of the Eucharist outside mass, communion under both species. Communion outside Mass, Concelebration, Sunday celebration in the absence of a priest) and Liturgical adaption or inculturation of the Eucharistic celebration.
Thoppil A.

L 7. Eucharistic Liturgy (Syro-Malabar) (3)

The origin of the East Syrian/Syro-Malabar Qurbana. The New Testament structure of the Eucharistic celebration. Ancient documents on the Eucharistic liturgy. The Commentators of the East - Syrian Qurbana. Various versions of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana. A detailed study of the structure, rites, theology and spirituality of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana.
Nellickakandathil J.


CL 1. Canon Law I - CIC (2)

It is chiefly meant to offer the students an introduction to canon law course. The nature and purpose of law in the Church, the meaning of canon law, the two Codes of canon law, theology and canon law, a brief history of canon law are the topics treated in the first part. In the second part, the general norms concerning the persons in the Church, Rites, different kinds of law, canonization of civil law, obligation to observe the law, dispensations, juridical acts, administrative acts, power of governance, ecclesiastical offices are explained in the light of C.I.C., Book I (cc.1-203).
Villukulam S.

CL 1. Canon Law I - CCEO (2)

The Course deals with introduction to Canon Law, history of CCEO and CIC, scope of the CCEO, rights and obligation of the Christian faithful, Churches sui juries, the rites, rights and obligations of clerics, association of Christian faithful and general norms.
Vattappalam M.

CL 2. Canon Law II - CIC (3)

This course concentrates on Christ’s faithful (c.204), full ecclesial communion (c.205), rights and obligations of the faithful, laity, clerics, religious (the consecrated), formation of clerics, incardination, loss of clerical state of life, areas of ministry of non-ordained faithful, and association in the Church (CIC, Book II). Besides, certain issues from the III Book on Teaching Office, and from the VI Book on Canonical penalties are dealt with.
Kurisinkal A.

CL 2. Canon Law II - CCEO (2)

Supreme authority of the Church, rights and obligations of the patriarch, major archbishop, metropolitan, eparchial bishop, synod of bishops, patriarchal assembly, major arch episcopal assembly, presbyteral council, pastoral council, pastors, parocial vicars, parishes, exarchies and exarchs.
Vattappalam M.

CL 3. Canon Law III - CIC (2)

The focus of the course Canon Law III is on the Heirarchical constitution of the Church (CIC Book II). First it is presented at the level of the universal Church - the college of Bishops, Roman Pontiff, Ecumenical Council, Synod of Bishops, College of Cardinals, Papal Legates and Roman Curia. Second, at the the continental and national level - Episcopal Conferences & Councils, the Heirarchichal set-up in the Regions and Ecclesiastical Provinces. Thirdly, attention is given to the hierarchical offices at the dicoesan level - Diocesan Bishop, co-adjutor/auxiliary bishop, Vicar general, episcopal vicars, other offices and departments in the diocesan curia, the council of priests, college of consultors, diocesan pastoral council, diocesan synod. In the fourth place, other forms of authority in the Church are outlines: authority in the consecrated life, the Hierarchy in the Oriental Churches, lay participations in ecclesiastical governance.
Kurisinkal A.

CL 3. Canon Law III - CCEO (3)

Monks and other religious as well as members of other institutes of consecrated life, laws on sacraments and sacramentals, sacred places, veneration of saints, vow and oath, feast days and penance, physical and juridic persons and ecclesiastical offices.
Vattappalam M.

CL 4. Canon Law IV CIC (2)

This course is mostly centred on the canonical-pastoral aspects of the parish ministry. The provisions of cc.515-572 (Book II), cc.945-958 (Book IV), cc. 1254-1310 and other related canons are used to present the parochial ministry of teaching, sanctifying and governing in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Thus, the common norms concerning parishes, parish priests, team ministry, assisant parish priests, and so on are explained, connecting them with the particular laws existing in the area. The document of the Ap. See on “Certain questions regarding the collaboration of the lay faithful in the ministry of priests” (1997) is also a matter of study in this course.
Villukulam S.

CL 4. Canon Law IV CCEO (2)

Ecclesiastical magisterium, acquisition, administration and alienation of temporal goods, penal sanctions in general and penalities for specific offences.
Vattappalam M.

CL 5. Marriage Canon Law CIC & CCEO (2)

This particular course of canon law highlights the canonical discipline of the Church on marriage (CIC, Book IV, CC.1055- 1165; CCEO, cc.776-866; particular laws). Accordingly, after indicating the canonical definition of marriage, the norms concerning the pastoral care of marriage, the impediments, matrimonial consent, canonical form, mixed marriages, covalidation of marriages, matrimonial relieves (dissolution, annulment, separation), offices and tribunal procedures are clearly explained and illustrated with cases. The current Indian civil law on Christian marriage is also a point of serious consideration in this course.
Kurisinkal A./Vattappalam M.


CH 1. Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Church History (8)

The course on the History of the Church (8 Credits) is divided into four parts: Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary. The first and the second parts are taught in the I Year theology and the third and fourth parts in second year Theology. The whole course is arranged in such a way to study the growth of the Church in the light of faith and to understand her as she is. It deals with the origin, development of the Church, persecutions, various theological disputes, divisions, monasticism, lay domination in the church, formation of Papal State, abuses in the Church, Reforms Ecumenical Councils, Religious orders, Spiritual and heretical movements, Reformations and Counter Reforms, political involvements of the ecclesiastical authorities, the adaptations to the changing world, etc.
Kollara J. /Marottikaparambil F./Arakkal M.

CH 2. The Indian Church History (2)

This course mainly deals with the history of the Church in Kerala: the apostolate and martyrdom of St. Thomas, the Apostles, the relationship of the Church in India with Persian Church, the contact with the western Church, the missionary activities of the western Church, the missionary activities of the western missionaries esp. of St. Francis Xavier, the division, various jurisdiction, origin of different denominations, Reunion attempts, Ritual separation, institution of hierarchies and further developments.
Pulikan P. /Marottikaparambil F.

CH 3. Patrology (3)

The present study deals with the life, writings and the doctrine of the orthodox writers of Christian antiquity. The course encompasses the analysis of the three main periods of Patristics: a. The First Three Centuries, which contains mainly five elements: Premitive ecclesiastical literature, Apologetic literature of the second century, Heretical literature of the second century, Anti - heretical literature of the second century, Ecclesiastical literature during the genesis of Christian Theology, Exposed by both Eastern and Western Writers; b. The Second Period, that is, Golden Age of Patristic Literature (4th - 5th cents.), which comprises the study of the Greek Writers, Syriac Writers and Latin Writers: c. The Third Period, that is, Decline of Patristic literature.
Patteruparampil D./Kadeparambil A.


PST 1. Catechetics (2)

While presenting in detail the pedagogy of person-oriented Catechesis, this course will deal with the objectives, sources, content, language, approaches and methods of catechesis. Students will be introduced also to the history of Catechesis, the documents and directories of the Church regarding Catechesis.
Kundukulam V./Abhilash G.

PST 2. Social Teachings of the Church (2)

This course is designed mainly to enable the students to: Frame a social perspective in the pastoral life/ministry; Respond positively to the Social issues; Have better tools of analyzing the present social set up and living the liberative dimension of the Gospel; Have better understanding of the social encyclicals, the content of each encyclical and various social issues; Adapt the exhortation of the church in the changed socio-political scenario of the Kerala society, etc.
Palathinkal A./Charles L.

PST 3. Pastoral Theology (2)

The course on Pastoral Theology or Practical Theology is to give fundamental theological notion on the nature, history and content of Pastoral vision of the Church and practical clarifications on the areas of pastoral ministry. The course is based especially on the theological and pastoral vision of the Second Vatican Council and Pastores Dabo Vobis. Practical clarifications are also given regarding threefold priestly ministry namely community building, sanctification and preaching of the Word. The course is aimed at enabling the students to carry out their ministry in the Church and world more effectively at all levels taking into consideration challenges of today’s society.
Oliapurath J./Antony V.

PST 4. The Spirituality of the Ordained Priest (3)

The Priesthood of Christ is the source and model of the Ministerial Priesthood. Sacramental consecration gives the priest a special identity and enables him to become the representative of Christ and the Church. Consequently the Priest has a specific vocation to holiness. His specific spirituality, rooted in pastoral charity and determined by the threefold functions of his ministry, is supported and enhanced by a life of prayer, spiritual exercises and practice of virtues. The Evangelical virtues have a special affinity to priesthood, and celibacy remains a specific characteristic to the Catholic priesthood.
Oliyapurath J. /Antony V.

PST 5. Introduction to Communication Theology (2)

This course means to provide a brief introduction to Communication Theology in general and some lessons on using it in pastoral and evangelizing mission. After explaining the nature of communication, it will be shown how church and communication technologies are in dialogue. A survey of church documents on communication shall be made. Practical light shall be shed in this course on various aspects and appropriate tools of communication such as proclamation, homiletics, Catechesis, symbolic mediation through signs, liturgy, story, parable, metaphor, biblical storytelling, Christian art, architecture, music, film, new media and ministry (social networks).
Alappatt B. / William R.

PST 6. Pastoral Counselling (4)

This Course is aimed at preparing the future pastors for their ministry of counselling. After giving a theoretical basis on counselling techniques students are given practice on counselling. Through role-play and group sessions, they are helped to learn counselling skills. Also pastoral problems connected with marriage, family, Youth ministry, etc., are discussed.
Puamadom K./Rajesh P.

PST 7. Clinical Psychology (3)

This course is intended to give a basic knowledge about the mental problems that priests face in their pastoral ministry. Main themes: Normal and Abnormal behaviors, criteria of normal behaviour, General causes of mental diseases, Neurotic disorders, psychosis, personality disorders, alchaholism and drug addiction, psychosomatic disorders, treatment of mental diseases.
Madan P./Ruby CTC


OS 1. Theology of Inculturation (2)

Inculturation, a new term used in theology, refers to the central dynamic principle governing the Christian missionary outreach to peoples not yet evangelized, or among whom the Church is not yet rooted firmly and indigenously. More commonly, this is known as catholicity, accommodation, adaptation, indigenization and contextualization; more radically it is incarnation. The missionaries of today have to inculture life and rites of the people, so that the Word of God is heard and made fruitful. In short, it is an ongoing dialogue between Gospel and culture. Through inculturation there must be a transformation of religion and one’s own belief system.
Valungal A.

OS 2. Sociological Analysis and Pastoral Animation (2)

The objective of this course is to improve the capacity of participants in sociological analysis and pastoral animation. By analyzing pastoral problems from a sociological angle, they will be made familiar with the methodology to understand and interpret correctly the problems in the pastoral field. They will be also initiated into the techniques of organizing meetings, of tackling the conflicts, of planning pastoral activities and of preparing projects for the formation of laity.
Kundukulam V.

OS 3. Theology of Inculturation (2) Clarifications on the terms like Indigenization, Acculturation, Enculturation, Inculturation, etc. Christian meaning of Inculturation. History of Inculturation (OT, NT, Early Church). Inculturation and Vatican II and later magisterial documents. Theology of Inculturation. Indian Contribution towards Inculturation: a. Syro-Malabar Church; b. Inculturation in the liturgy; c. Inculturation in theology (Brahmabandab Upadyaya, Swami Abhishiktananda, Raimund Panikkar, Amalorpavadas).
Nariculam A.

OS 4. Role of Laity in the Church (2)

In the Ecclesiology, the role of laity is very important. Since they are always in the world with the temporal affairs of life, they are called to sanctify the secular world directly. It is an attempt to find out the ways and means of mutual penetration of various functions of laity, religious and priests towards the building of the Kingdom. The different states of life in the church make her the real body of Christ.
Valungal A.

OS 5.Parables of Jesus (2)

The parables of Jesus are powerful and dramatic expressions of his teaching. However, the parables belong to the most difficult texts in the New Testament: they are simple at the surface level, but it is very difficult to reach fully their depth. Jesus’ parables have been abused and forced to serve various purposes – from ancient theological purposes to modern ideological and pastoral ones. This course will explore selected parables in the Synoptic Gospels. Making use of the conventional tools of redaction criticism, attempt will be made to delineate the traditional material incorporated in the parables. The course also examines the parables making use of the synchronic reading of the text.
Nalpathilchira J.

OS 6. The Missionary Speeches of St. Paul in the Book of Acts and their pastoral implications for a New Evangelisation Today

Church has the eternal Jesus-given duty to be missionary in this world. How to fulfil this task in the ever changing context of the world and of the Church? The Book of Acts in the NT recounts the story of the mission of the early Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It exposes how the early Church fulfilled the missionary command of Jesus in different contexts, among different people, through different apostles and disciples in different ways. It has inspired the Church in the past and inspires still the modern Church. In this course, we try to discover and understand these various aspects of the mission, especially the missionary sermons in Acts in order to collect insights for Church’s mission whether it is evangelization, re-evangelization or new evangelization as well as the continued pastoral mission of the communities in a world of all kinds of pluralisms, of media-explosion and ever growing Godlessness.
Achandy J.

OS 7. The Mystery of Human Suffering

Suffering exists and it is a daily reality. It is an experience, a scandal, a problem and a mystery. It is very difficult to find the meaning of this mystery. This course introduces the different aspects and forms of suffering. The answers proposed by different religious traditions will also be discussed. The mystery of suffering will be explained in the light of the divine revelation in Jesus Christ.
Panjikaran S.