3.2.2. Course Description

MI 18- Theology of Mission as spelt out in Vat II Documents & Post

II Documents 2 Cr

The purport of the course is to assist the students in understanding the texts through appropriate commentary.

Vorgrimler: Commentary on Vatican II Council Documents; Pope Paul VI: vangeliiNuntiandi ; Pope John Paul II: Redemptoris Missio; Denzinger(43rd edition) D. 4930-42; 5082-3.

Joseph Francis B.

MI 06 Mission in the Synoptics 1 Cr

The course spreads over the two years of the Missiology M.Th. Program and is consequently divided into two parts: Year 1: the pre paschal mission of Jesus’ of Nazareth; Year II: the post-paschal mission in the power of the Risen Christ. Year I covers the following aspects: I. The heart of Jesus’ Mission: the Good News: significance; contents; root in the Abba consciousness of Jesus. II. The Mission Strategy of Jesus: Mission to Israel, Mission in Galilee, Mission to the Poor.

J. Jeremias, Jesus’ Promise to the Nations (SBT 24), London: SCM Press, 1958. F. Hahn, Mission in the New Testament, (SBT 47), London: SCM, 1965. G.W. Peters, A Biblical Theology of

Chicago: Moody Press, 1972. L. Legrand, Missionin the Bible. Unity and Plurality, Pune: Ishvani Publications 1992 (=NY:Orbis, 1990), pp. 36-83. D. Senior-C.Stuhlmuller, Biblical Foundations for Missions, London: SCM Press, 1983.

L. Legrand, mep

MI 14 Mission in the Acts of the Apostles

1 Cr

The study aims at analysing the theological characteristics of the Acts of the Apostles with its missionary thrust. Luke’s missiology is realised by injecting the aspect of universalism into the narrative sections of Peter and Paul. The emphasis is laid on the parallelism between the mission of Jesus and that of the apostles. This leads to the realization that the mission is basically Christological.

Charles H. Talbert, Literary Patterns, Theological Themes and the Genre of Luke-Acts (Montana , 1974). Hans Conzelmann, Acts of the Apostles Hermeneia( Philadelphia , 1987). Lucien Legrand, Mission in the Bible: Unity and Plurality (Pune, 1994).

Prema Vakayil, csst

MI 50 Mission as Socio-Political Transformation 1 Cr

Mission is concerned about the societal transformation since the plan of God is to create a new earth and new heaven (Rev 21:1-2). Any given society is made up of basic system called socio-economicpolitical;
Also the meaning system called cultural-religious-ideological. Every human person and all the more every Christian is beckoned by God of Mission to contribute his or her part commendably and challengingly. This course outlines the various challenges that a missioner is obliged to encounter in a country like ours, a ulti-religious, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi ethnic India.

Vatican Council II, GaudiumetSpes, PastoralConstitution on the Church in the Modern orld, 7 Dec. 1965, in A. Flannery (ed.), Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents, (Bombay: St Paul Publications, 1991) 811-897. Roman Synodal Document, “Evangelisation today” 1974. The Indian Church in struggle for a new society, (ed) D.S. Amalorpavadoss, NBCLC, Bangalore, 1981.

Richard Britto

MI 29 Pastoral Counselling for the Mission I Cr

The Counselling relationship is one of those unique places where you have the privilege of seeing evidence of God’s ongoing power and activity in today’s world. This course in Pastoral Councelling for the missions will give the students a focus on the Psychological, Biblical and theological basis of Christian Counselling practice. The aims of this course will be to understand and explain the issues and problems that people face in life from a thoroughly pastoral point of view. To enter deeply into people’s lives with the truth and ower of God’s Word and the gospel of His redemptive grace. Personal self reflective work will help the student to understand and evaluate secular and Christian psychological theories and practices in order to develop professional competence within a thoroughly pastoral framework with a focus on ministry in the missions. The intent of the course will be to develop deep level of biblical and spiritual integrity in ones own personal life, relationships, and ministry and to develop a deep level of commitment to people and to a ministry of helping them with their lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

Adams, Jay E. Competent to Counsel. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1970.Backus, William, Telling the Truth to Troubled People: A Manual for Christian Counselors. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1985. Collins, Gary R. How to Be a People Helper, Ventura, Calif: Regal, 1976.

Eugene N. Joseph

MI 31 Discipleship and Mission: Being a Missionary Disciple 2 Cr

Pope Francis uses the term ‘Missionary Disciple’ in his recent post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii, Gaudium. So discipleship and mission go hand in hand. Every Christian is called
to be a disciple and a missionary. In this context what does discipleship mean? The Jewish and Indian concepts of discipleship will be studied and compared with the concept of Christian discipleship to arrive at the deeper meaning and implications of a missionary discipleship.

Pope Francis, EvangeliiGaudium; Latin American Episcopal Conference, AparecidaDocument; Richard N. Longenecker, (Ed.)Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996. M. Stephen, A New Mission Agenda – Dialogue, Diakonia and Discipling, Delhi: ISPCK, 2007.

Simon Pinto

MI 19 New Evangelisation in the Globalised World 1 Cr

The Church receives the mission to proclaim and to spread among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ and of God (LG 5). If the Church has a mission at all, it is to manifest the deeds of Jesus.
Hence this course highlights the meaning and characteristics of the ‘New Evangelization’ which was popularized by Saint John Paul II in his encyclicals, speeches and other writings and later continued by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the present Pope Francis. In today’s globalised world the clarion call of the Church is to re-direct and refocus its priorities.

Bevans, Stephen B. and Gros, Jeffrey. Evangelization and Religious Freedom, New York, Paulist Press, 2009.Hahn, Scott. Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization [Kindle Edition], 2014.

Henry Jose

MI 20 South Indian Mission 1 Cr

Bishop Anthonyswamy
MI 24 Missionary Canon Law (Refer AC 01) 1 Cr
Archbishop A. Anandarayar

MI 07 Small Christian Communities 1 Cr

After Vatican Second there is a lot of renewal in the Church. Small Christian Communities is one among them and it is a constant attempt to make the Church more meaningful, transparent, communioncentered , participatory and in the long run self-reliant. The Asian Bishops’ vision of making ‘A New Way of being Church’ is ‘already and not yet’ realized, they want the clergy, religious and the laity to live together as brothers and sister and build ‘a communion of Communities’. Empowering the laity and giving them their rightful place play an important role. Christ center, community centered and non-dominating leadership will go a long way to build communion and to make SCCs a vibrant Church and a Church in their neigbourhood.


Ad Gentes Divinitus,15, ApostolicamActuositatem 6;10,11, Gaudium et Spes 1, CatechesiTradendae, RedemptorisMissio 2,51,Ecclesia in Asia 13,24,25, 45, 46, ChristifidelesLaici 8, 20,27, Lumen Gentium 9;26, SacrosantumConcilium 14 , EvangeliiNuntiandi 4,58
, Eilers, F.J. (ed.) For All the Peoples of Asia, FABC Documents from 1992 to 1996, Claretian Publications, Quezon City: Phillippines, Vol 2,1997.

Joseph Dias, SVD

MI 27 The nature and Necessity of Contextualization in Mission 2 Cr

Mission of the Church is the continuation of the Mission of Christ. Evangelization is the revealing and proclaiming the love of the Father manifested in the Son. She has to continue to proclaim thislove so that humanity may have fellowship with God and among themselves. The Church in India exists in a multi-religious society. In such a society what is her role? What should be her attitude towards other religions? Which are some of the critical issues she had to face?

for the Third Millennium: Course of Missiology , Rome: Pontifical Missionary Union, International Secretarist, 1993. Bellogamba Antony, Mission and Ministry in the Global Church, New York:
Orbis books, 1992. Thampu, Valson, Rediscovering Mission: Towards a non-Western Missiological Paradigm, New Delhi: Trace Publications, 1995.

Mathew Kalathungal, msfs

MI 11 Theology of Mission as Dialogue 2cr

The Second Vatican Council has given the lead for a positive assessment of religions. The Council affirms the traditional doctrine according to which salvation in Jesus Christ is, in a mysterious way, a reality open to all persons of good will. For Christ died for all, and all are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, inthe Paschal mystery” (GS 22). The Council proceeds further. Making its own the vision and the terminology of some early Church Fathers, Nostra Aetate speaks of the presence in these traditions of “a ray of that Truth which enlightens all” (NA 2). Ad Gentes recognizes the presence of “seeds of the word”, and points to “the riches which a generous God has distributed among the nations” (AG 11). Again, Lumen Gentium refers to the good which is “found sown” not only “in minds and hearts”, but also “in the rites and customs of peoples” (LG 17). Theology of mission as dialogue explores the areas to engage in positive dialogue with other religions.

Stephen B. & Roger P. Schroeder. Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011; Francesco, Gioia, ed. Interreligious Dialogue: The Official Teaching of the Catholic Church. Boston: St. Paul Books & Media,1997.

Stany C. Fernandes

MI 38 ‘Mission in the Pauline Letters’ 2 Cr

In the Deutero – Pauline Letters the concept of mission is viewed from the perspective of growth in the qualitative sphere. This growth dimension is elucidated through the metaphors of ‘cornerstone and foundation’ ; ‘head and body’ ; ‘bridegroom and bride’ symbolizing the intrinsic and intimate union between Christ and the church. The vision and mission of the church is to be intrinsically united with Christ the head for its existence and to be intimately related to one anotherfor its extension. The Pauline authors expound that author of growth process is God, the medium of growth process is Jesus and the recipients of this growth process are the church and the believer. The course aims at understanding these various nuances of mission.

D. Senior and C. Stuhlmueller, The Biblical Foundations for Missions, London, SCM Press, 1983. R.E. Brown, The Churches the Apostles Left Behind, London, Geoffrey Chapman, 1984. H. Doohan, Paul’s Vision of Church, Good News Studies 32, Delaware, Michael Glazier, 1989. J.A. T. Robinson, The Body: A Study in Pauline Theology, SBT 5, London, SCM Press, 1957.

Alfred Joseph & Stanislaus

MI 47 Parish and Evangelization 1 Cr

Evangelisation through Pastoral Ministry in the parish and Christian institutions.Celebration of sacraments and Church worship to re-evangelise the community and to make the Christian faith meaningful to the Non-Christians. Dialogue with peoples of other faiths and traditions in the context of Parish ministry. The role of evangelization in small communities, Christian neighborhoods and in all the fields and
areas that come under the influence of the local parish setup.

Vat II Documents a) EvangeliiNuntiandi b) RedemtorisMissio c) Ecclesia in Asia Federation of Asian Bishops Conference Documents
from 1970 to 2000. Legrand L., Mission in the Bible, Pune: Ishvani Kendra, 2001. Neuner, J. &Dupius, J., The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents, Bangalore: TPI, 996. Staffner, H., The Open Door, 1978.

Abraham Giri Raju

MI 25 Towards a Church of the poor in India in the third Millennium

2 Cr

Second Vatican Council, especially its document Gaudium et spes, is a turning point in the Church’s understanding of its own commitment towards the cause of the poor; it is a historical document in bringing the experience of the world of the poor with our understanding of faith. Pope Francis, in his recent encyclical, reminds us: “The Kerygma has a clear social content: at the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others” (Evangeliigaudium, no. 177). Therefore, in the face of the present catastrophe, our Christian theology, in India, needs to be sensitive to the plight of the poor and disadvantaged communities – Dalits, and women. Church, in India, to become truly authentic and local, must commit itself seriously, faithful to its original identity, for the cause of the poor and the underprivileged by getting back to the basics of the Gospel message; its ultimate goal should be building inclusive communities.

Amaladoss, M., Life in Freedom: Liberation Theologies from Asia, New York, Orbis Books, New York, 1997; Amaladoss. (ed.),Globalization and Its Victims as seen by Its Victims New Delhi, ISPCK, 2000; Dorr. D., Option for the Poor and for the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching, New York, Orbis Books, 2012.

Lawrence A.

Courses Proper to the Alternative Cycle

MI 17 Methodology 1 Cr

MI 02 What is Missiology 1 Cr

MI 10 Mission in the Old Testament 2 Cr

MI 06 Jesus and His Mission in the Synoptic Gospels 1 Cr

MI 13 Mission Theology of the Fourth Gospel and the

The Missionary Methods in it 1 Cr

MI 14 Mission in the Acts of the Apostles 1 Cr

MI 09 Pauline Theology of Mission 1 Cr

MI 12 Mission in the Patristic Era 1 Cr

MI 25 The Origin of Catholic Church and its Three Rites 1 Cr

MI 08 Founding of the Congregation of Propoganda

Fide and the decolonizing of Missions 1 Cr

MI 04 Theology of Mission till Vatican II

Based on the analysis of Magistarium 2 Cr

MI 43 Theology of Grace 1 Cr

MI 22 Ecclesiology & Ecumenism 2 Cr

MI 15 Mission Today 2 Cr

MI 23 Proclamation as Mission 1 Cr

MI 02 Uniqueness of Christ – A Mission Challenge 1 Cr

MI 01 Missionary Co-operation 1 Cr

MI 05 Mission as a witness to Christian Charity

in the Apostolate of Mother Teresa 1 Cr

MI 33 Mission through Mass Media and Communication 2 Cr

MI 34 Family as the Field and Agent of Mission

(Familiaris Consortio) 1 Cr

MI 35 Education as Mission 1 Cr

MI 20 South Indian Mission 1 Cr

MI 36 Seminar 1 Cr

a) Ecology and Mission

b) Pastoral Counseling as Mission

c) Methodology of Missionaries in India

d) Missionary Leadership in Today’s Context

e) Mission to Dalit and Woman in the Indian Context

3.2.3. Syllabus

I Semester (July-September 2014)

S. Code Subject Professor Hours

MI 18 Theo of Mission as spelt out in B. Joseph Francis 15

Church Documents & Post Vat II


MI 06 Mission in the Synoptics L. Legrand 15

MI 50 Mission as Socio-Pol. Trans. Richard Britto 15

MI 29 Pastoral Couns. for Mission Eugene N. Joseph 15

MI 31 Discipleship and Mission:

Being a Missionary Disciple Simon Pinto 30

MI 20 South Indian Mission Bp. Anthonyswamy 15

AC 01 Missionary Canon Law Archbp. A. Anandarayar 15

MI 07 Small Christian Communities Joseph Dias 15

MI 19 New Evan. Globalised World Henry Jose 15

II Semester (Oct. 2014-Mar. 2015)

MI 38 Mission in Pauline Writings Stanislaus &

Alfred Joseph 30

MI 47 Parish and Evangelisation Abraham Giri Raju 15

MI 27 The Nature & Necessity Contex Mathew Kalathungal 15

MI 25 Eucharistic Spirituality Benny Koottanal 15

MI 14 Miss. in the Acts of the Apost. Prema 15

MI 11 Theo of Mission as Dialogue Stany C. Fernandes 15

MI 05 Mission as witnessing to

Christian Charity Savarimuthu 30

MI 23 Towards a Church of the poor Lawrence 30

MI 36 Seminar (mission tour) MathewKalathungal 15