Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute

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Official name Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute (Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur).
Country / Continent Malaysia / Asia
Director of the institute Rev. Fr. Clarence Devadass, STD.
Legal holder of the institute Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
Sponsor of the institute Self-funding.
Year of foundation 1984
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 15
Staff members of your institute Four (4) – One religious sister and 3 lay persons.
Contact 528 Jalan Bukit Nanas

50250 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Tel: 03 238 5089


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute (Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur).

Director of the institute

Rev. Fr. Clarence Devadass, STD.

Legal holder of the institute

Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

Self-funding.

Vision / mission statement

Our Vision: To be rooted in the communion of the Trinity and among ourselves and to be in solidarity with the whole human family and creation. This Vision leads us to living out our vocation to be at the service of the Kingdom of God.

Our Mission: To witness through Basic Ecclesial Communities founded on Christ and thus to transform our parishes into ‘communion of communities’ and to Proclaim and Dialogue with cultures, religions and the poor.

Main areas of work

Intellectual and Spiritual formation of Laity and to work towards Community Building through the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC).

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Laity of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

Year of foundation

1984.

Organisational structure of the institute

All pastoral commissions and organizations in the Archdiocese come under the Institute.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

Fifteen.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Four (4) – One religious sister and 3 lay persons.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Religious Sister – Degree in Theology

Lay people – Certificate in Theology.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Fostering Unity; Integral Human Development; Interreligious Dialogue; Formation of Laity.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

To assist parishes in the forming of Basic Ecclesial Communities.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

As above.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Training, Formation, Resource materials.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

To assist parishes in carrying out the Parish Pastoral Assembly.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

What notion of God inspires your work?

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

Every year the parishes analyse their own parishes based of the goals and aims that they have set for themselves. The Institute assists them to process the information.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Providing formation and training.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

We provide weekly reflections and monthly BED reflections.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Formation of Laity.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Formation of laity for the Year of Faith.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Resource materials/persons in languages other than English.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

As above.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To be able to serve better in the other vernacular languages.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

The Institute meets other Institutes in the neighbouring dioceses annually.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

As above.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

As above.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

None.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

The Institutes works with the Archdiocesan Ministry for Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

As above.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

None.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

To keep us informed of events that are taking place in other parts of the world and how we can participate or contribute our experiences.




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.