Formation of Seminarians

Project Leader:

Reverend Jilson Panakkal

The Diocese of Kannur is in the area of South India. The diocese was established in 1999; it encompasses two civil districts (equivalent to two counties) with a population of forty thousand Catholics. The total population of the geographical area is a little over 4 million. Hence, the population of the diocese is less than 1 percent, a tiny minority. The majority of the diocesan community was converted from low caste Hindus. They were called the untouchables, were not allowed to mingle with the upper castes Hindus, to study in public schools, use public wells, etc., they experienced all kinds of discriminations. Converted to Christianity, their social status has improved, but not their economic condition. This mission appeal is to request your support for three areas of development in the diocese.

Though ours is a growing community, God has blessed our diocese with sufficient vocations, so our task is to provide these seminarians with the formation and catechesis that they need. Presently we have 59 seminarians under formation, and most of these vocations are from very poor families. The expense of one seminarian per year comes to 75,000 Rupees (equivalent to approximately $1000). Understandably, this is a huge expense for the diocese to form and educate these future priests. Working in the diocese of Phoenix as a Tribunal Judge, I am able to send to my diocese $ 1000 dollars every month which is used for the expenses of the Seminarians. Likewise, a few families and individuals have come forward to “adopt a seminarian”.

Being new, our diocese doesn’t have a proper and adequate Minor Seminary, and the construction of such a facility is a future goal of the diocese. It is the generosity of faithful people like you that has helped the diocese to meet our expenses, and we look to you with hope to enable us to continue to form these dedicated future priests.

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What your donation can do!

  • $20 helps with books
  • $100 one month's formation seminarian
  • $250 assists with housing and food seminarian


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