New Delhi: Chevalier Adv. V C Sebastian has been appointed as the Secretary of the Laity Council of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. The appointment order was handed over to Adv. Sebastian by Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas Secretary General CBCI. The decision was taken during the 134th Standing Committee meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India which met at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore presided over by His Beatitude Osward Cardinal Gracious, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the CBCI.
V C Sebastian is the National Secretary General of the Indian Farmer’s Movement (INFAM), and General Secretary of the National Council Indian Christian Community. A leading Management consultant, he is also serving as the Secretary to the Pastoral Council of the diocese of Kanjirapally, Chairman, Home of International Fellowship, and Chief Editor of the ‘Laity Voice’, besides playing active roles in various national and international movements.
As the first Secretary of the Commission for Laity of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, V C Sebastian has rendered valuable services in strengthening the Syro Malabar Church community globally. His organizing ability and innovative style of functioning have contributed substantially to the empowerment of the laity in various countries as well as in several States of India. His timely intervention in the challenges to Catholic faith as well as the issues related to the religious minorities, especially in domains, social and agricultural, has strengthened the Church and the public.
In recognition of the meritorious services Sebastian has been rendering to the Church, The Holy Father graciously granted him the title of ‘Chevalier’, the top honour awarded to the laity in the Catholic Church, in 2013. The international seminar ‘Alcohol and Drug-Free Lifestyle’ organized in Bombay in 1988, which was attended by St. Mother Theresa and First International Laity Assembly of Syro Malabar Church Commission for Laity held in Kochi in 2009 bear ample testimony to his organizing skills.
The CBCI Council for Laity coordinate and strengthening the Catholic faithful of the 174 Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara dioceses the mainstream of the numerous laity programs in India. The objective of the Council for Laity is to encourage witness of life of the laity in social, political and cultural areas of endeavour. And also foster networking among Catholic associations, movements and communities of faith for their effective presence in the parishes, dioceses, regions and at the national level.
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