Tamilnadu Region


Most Rev. Dr. M. Devadass Ambrose D.D., L.S.S., S.T.D.,
Chairperson, Regional Commission for Bible
Bishop's House, P. B. No. 204
Thanjavur - 613 007. Tamilnadu
Ph: 04362 - 231252; 94434 47972
Email: devadassambrose@gmail.com

Fr. S. Stanislaus
Secretary, Regional Commission for Bible
TNBCLC, Tindivanam - 604 001
Villupuram Dt, Tamilnadu
Ph: 04147 222177 Mobile: 6381247710

Report For July - September 2019
The Annual meeting of the Regional Bible Commission of Tamilnadu region was held at TNBCLC, Tindivanam, on 22.6.2019. The inaugural session included enthronement of the Bible, prayer, and welcome by Rev. Fr. M. Ubald, (Secretary, Regional Bible Commission, Tamilnadu Region). Most Rev. M. Devadass Ambrose, Chairman of the Bible Commission of Tamilnadu Region presided over it. Rev. Fr. M. Philemon Dass, (Director, TNBCLC) spoke appreciating the Regional Bible Commission for its enormous activities in the region. Then there were reports of the Regional Secretary, diocesan secretaries of Bible Commission and the report of the Biblical Apostolate undertaken by the religious congregations both men and women. After the coffee break the National Executive Secretary of the CCBI Commission for Bible, Rev. Fr. A. John Baptist, spoke of the programmes and the plans of the National Commission. He also appreciated the many innovative ways the Biblical Pastoral Ministry is being carried out in the region and requested their continued cooperation and participation at the National programmes. Then there was a planning session, in which the participants planed for various programmes of the year such as Laity Biblical Formation, Summer Bible Academy, Biblical Leadership, Bringing Bible to the Youth in colleges and parishes, Bible Sunday, VBS (Vocational Bible School), Youth Bible, Children Bible, Bible for the Blind, Bible through online and formation of Bible Commissions in the parishes. The meeting came to an end with the valedictory talk and the evaluation by Most Rev. M. Devadass Ambrose, (Chairman of the Bible Commission of Tamilnadu Region). Rev. Fr. Vincent Edwin, (Secretary, Diocesan Bible Commission, Kottar) proposed the vote of thanks. The participants dispersed to their respective places of ministry after the tea. Rev. Fr. M. Ubald (Secretary, Regional Bible Commission, Tamilnadu Region) organized the meeting with the help of his staff and other employees.

Appointment as CBF Coordinator
The Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) during its meeting in Rome (April 26, 2019) based on the election made by the members of South Asian sub region, appointed Rev. Fr. A. John Baptist (Executive Secretary, CCBI Commission for Bible) to the office of CBF coordinator for the sub-region of South Asia for a constitutional term. The sub region consists of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The next meeting is proposed to January 2020.

Forthcoming Events
National Meeting
A meeting of the Commission is about to take place at 10.30 a.m on 27th September, 2019, at NBCLC, Bengaluru. The chairman, member bishops, regional chairmen, regional secretaries and the members of Consultative body are invited for it. This meeting will discuss about the Biblical Pastoral Ministry at the national level and the cooperation and networking with regional Bible Commissions.

Research Seminar
CCBI Commission for Bible in collaboration with NBCLC, CBAI and TPI is organizing a National Research Seminar on the theme, Interpretation of Bible in India. This is to mark the completion of twenty-five years of the release of the Document, "Interpretation of the Bible in the Church" (1993). This is to be held at NBCLC from 27thevening to 29th September, 2019.