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CBCI - Office for Laity conduct Seminar for North East Region

Sept. 24, 2013

The CBCI - Office for Laity conducted a two-day Seminar on " Lay Leadership in Public Life " for the North East Regional Catholic Council ( NERCC ) on 14th and 15th, September 2013, at North East Diocesean Social Forum at Guwahati, Assam. All the Bishops of the Region, 4  lay representatives each from the dioceses, representatives of regional CRI and a priest from each diocese participated in the Seminar. Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai, Secretary of the CBCI - Office for Laity and Dr. Christy Fernandez IAS, former Secretary to the President of India,  were the resource persons. Archbishop Dominic Lumon of Imphal welcomed the resource persons and the participants. Bishop Stephen Rotluanga of Aizawl explained the dynamics of the Seminar.

Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai in his address focused on the documents of the Church and reminded the Laity of their call and that it is 'vocation' derived from their baptism. Dr. Christy Fernandez called on the Bishops and the Clergy to  trust the laity  and to entrust them with responsibilities. He exhorted the Bishops to educate and train both the Laity and the Clergy so that each one understands his or her role and that the Church becomes a participatory Church. Special care and attention should be given to identify promising young people right from the school days, educate them with human and Christian values and they should be placed in influential positions so that they can make a change in the polity of the Country. They become the ' Salt ' and " Light " of our country.

Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong and the President of the NERCC presided over the Holy Eucharist. The participants were very enthusiastic to learn and made meaningful interventions. They were very appreciative of the outcome of the seminar and about the plan of action to be executed in the Region. Fr. Santiago, the Executive Secretary of the North Eastern Regional Catholic Council thanked all the participants and the resource persons.

Source: CBCI website



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