11 May 2019, in San Peter’s Basilica, Rome...

S.E. Mar. Stephen Chirappanath, the apostolic visitor to the Catholic Church of the Siro-Malabar’s rite and bishop of Slebte, will ordain as deacons 3 students of the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae (PCIMME). Another 8 students will be ordained sub deacons, and one student will receive the ministry of lectorate.

The ceremony, in which candidates from others Pontifical College of Rome will participate, will take place according to the Siro-Malabar’s rite.

The Rector of the PCIMME, Fr. Enrique Tapia, L.C., the formators who accompanied them during their formation in Rome - for 4 years - and companions and friends of the PCIMME who shared these years of formation will participate to accompany candidates with their prayers.

The neo-deacons, from India, will be ordained priests in their dioceses once they have finished the period of studies, and thus begin their ministry.

Candidates to be deacon are:

  • Bijo Jose
  • Jinto Mathew
  • Jose Ettolil

Candidates to be sub-deacon are:

  • Ajai Augustine
  • Aneesh Thomas
  • Jaikumar Rodda
  • Jithin Joseph
  • Liviju Varghese
  • Melbin Tomy
  • Shine Anthony
  • Tony Mathew

The candidate to the ministry of lectorate is:

  • Jake Thomas