Prof. Thomas Menamparampil SDB DD to grace the National Seminar Inaugural Session as Chief Guest

Feb 16:  Prof. Thomas Menamparampil SDB DD has graciously consented to be the Chief Guest for the National Seminar on “Conflict in South Asia: its Consequences and Implications”, to be held on 16-17 March 2018. Archbishop Menamparampil is renowned for his peace initiatives, thought provoking writings and pastoral approach.

From 1986 to 1992 Prof. Menamparampil was the chairman of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences office of Evangelization. During this time, he worked primarily on deepening the relationship with different Asian cultures through evangelism and organizing a meeting between the representatives of the Church and representatives of the Communist governments. Menamparampil was later Special Secretary for the Asian Synod (1998), the author of over 180 articles on various subjects such as evangelism, culture, ministry, education, religious life and prayer.

In 2006, he was elected Chair of the Regional Bishops’ Conference of Northeast India. In 2008, he was elected Chair of the CBCI commission for Education and Culture. Menamparampil acted as mediator in the conflict between the various ethnic groups in the Union State of Assam and coordinates the “Joint Ecumenical Peace Team”, which is committed to dialogue in Northeast India and has been proven an effective organisation at resolving local conflicts.

Prof. Manamparampil was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. His nomination recognized his continued commitment to have peace, reconciliation and stability in Northeast India, an area full of territorial and ethnic conflicts.