Pastoral Institute, Mangalore

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Official name Pastoral Institute, Mangalore Diocese, Shanti Kiran.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Rev. Fr. Vincent Francis Monteiro.
Legal holder of the institute Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza.
Sponsor of the institute Diocese of Mangalore.
Year of foundation 1985
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 39
Staff members of your institute 1 Director (Priest), 1 Secretary (Lay), 2 General Supervisors (Lay) 1 Driving and house master (Lay), 1 Counselor (Lay), 3 Kitchen (Lay), 4 Maintenance (Lay), 3 Support Staff (Lay), 8 Teaching faculty (non Residential), Priests, Nuns, Lay (Theology and Psychology and Animation and Leadership), 5 Volunteers-freelancers, 10 Priests (Resident).
Contact Shanti Kiran, Bajjodi

Mangalore – 575 005

Tel: 0824-2222467/2223877

Mobile: 09448503780


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Pastoral Institute, Mangalore Diocese, Shanti Kiran.

Director of the institute

Rev. Fr. Vincent Francis Monteiro.

Legal holder of the institute

Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza.

Diocese of Mangalore.

Vision / mission statement

A fellowship of Jesus Christ who considers themselves as "The salt and the light of the earth". They provide their service with a view towards the coming of God's Kingdom, to support the "Life in abundance" in Jesus Christ.

Main areas of work

Co-ordinating various Pastoral Commissions. Planning, organizing, conducting – Ongoing formation for the Diocesan clergy. Planning, organizing and conducting leadership training for the lay leaders in the Diocese. Collaboration with different diocesan centres of pastoral ministry. Organizing short and long term courses in updating theology, scripture, psychology and counselling. Arranging facilities for various centres for their courses, evaluation and planning programmes. Organizing/conducting lay leader’s ministry and pastoral programmes to our neighbouring diocese – mainly the diocese of Gulburga, diocese of Shimoga. Exchange programme with the diocese of Karwar etc.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Address of all the priests and religious participated in our programmes we record. Short programmes for different pastoral commissions, centres and ministries are recorded by those concerned commissions, centres, ministries.

Year of foundation

1985. The pastoral Institution was founded 25 years back. But many of the pastoral ministries and centres were started long time back.

Organisational structure of the institute

Director of the Pastoral Institute is overall in charge. There are 10 departments/centres of Pastoral work with functional autonomy – in planning their ministry, finance etc. For organizational facilities they have to contact the Institute director/secretariat. All departments have full time-director/manager who are priests qualified in the ministry. All the departments/centres have their staff. All the areas of work/ministry (Ref. no. 6) are directly taken care by the Pastoral Institute director with his team, staff and support staff. Conferences/Retreat facilities are by the office of the Institute director.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)


Staff members of your institute[2]

1 Director (Priest), 1 Secretary (Lay), 2 General Supervisors (Lay) 1 Driving and house master (Lay), 1 Counselor (Lay), 3 Kitchen (Lay), 4 Maintenance (Lay), 3 Support Staff (Lay), 8 Teaching faculty (non Residential), Priests, Nuns, Lay (Theology and Psychology and Animation and Leadership), 5 Volunteers-freelancers, 10 Priests (Resident).

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Director Pastoral Institute – Masters in Pastoral Theology, Diploma-Pastoral Management, Pastoral Ministries, Pastoral Renewal. Education board Manager – Masters in three secular subjects. Family centre director – Masters in Family ministry. Catechetical, Biblical, Liturgical centre director – Masters in catechetics. Counselling centre director – Doctorate in Psychology and Counselling. Christianity Studies – Doctorate in Theology. Director Small Christian Communities – Masters degree. Students Movements – Masters degree. Vocation Communication – Masters degree. Social work – Doctorate in History, Diploma in development and Management.

All the other non-residential teaching faculties are having either masters or doctoral degree in their respective subjects.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Updating the clergy to be effective in their commitment to the church and society in our multi-cultural, multi-religious and fast changing society so that religion/faith become relevant. Empowering lay leadership in the church. Preparing personnel to accompany over adolescents and youth in their critical life journey.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Ongoing formation of the clergy, religious and lay leaders. Leadership training and enhancement of skills for lay people. Training the parish pastoral council members to clarify their notions and their effective leadership in the local church/society. Exchange of experience and collaboration among different lay associates.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To build effective, qualified, committed clergy and lay leadership. Prepare personnel to accompany the adolescent and youth, so that they grow and become change agents. To design and organize more courses and programmes which become useful and enriching, to benefit our diocese, Institutions and neighbouring dioceses.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Various departments guide the respective ministry in the diocese and also support regional ministry. On requests from various associations, Parish Pastoral councils, and neighbouring dioceses, we provide training, motivation and leadership programme. Our counselling centre has fulltime counselling facility. Institute is running the “Campus Pastoral Counselling course” the second batch is going now. It is ten month regular programme. We conduct lay leadership programmes in the office bearers of various lay associations.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

We have initiated renewal and systematic planning and implementation of “ongoing formation” for the clergy. It also includes theological, as well as updates in various disciplines. We have started accompanying the young clergy, youth and students. We have initiated the “youth exchange and support” – It is in collaboration with the youth centre – So various associations come together for the exchange of experience and support each others ministry.

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

Our catechetical and liturgical department has full and systematic programme. Regular training for teachers, animators and priests take place. School catechism and theology class is up to pre-university. Sunday catechism also up to pre-university. There is programme of adult catechism. We do not have permanent deacons. One month deaconate ministry before ordination is guided by the Pastoral Institute.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God as father, friend and liberator who guides us and accompanies us always.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

It is in Christian spirituality that inspires, strengthens me. It is this spirituality that prompts me to do my best for the people of God.

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?

I follow the process of awareness, reflection, action and evaluation since I was the chaplain for youth and students for many years in the diocese and later for young Christian students (YCS) at the national and Asian level. I follow the review of life and review of our work. I also use this process of spirituality with our teams and in our training programmes.

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

We follow the prophetic role to work for peace, justice and truth. We give importance to the person. Our pastoral role of understanding the person and situation. I make it a point to make us our team, our participants and companions that, we are - theologians, psychologists or managers by studies but in life we are pastoral workers or ministers. So the pastoral approach is more insisted.

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

We have regular courses, refresher programmes, conferences, retreats etc. Through various types of consultations and residential programmes. We do not have any publications. Some departments have their publications.

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

It is done by the following departments: Catechetical – catechism books and teaching aids. Education – teaching aids, regular themes and schools guidelines. Student movement – theme of the year, methodology, student analyses and guidelines to reflect and deepen on the theme. Department of Christianity – some research papers or books every year. Vocation service centre – regular monthly magazine.

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

Ongoing formation programmes, lay leadership and theology, coordination of the ministers, regular courses – short term and at present one long term course.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

We have each department/pastoral commission evaluation separately. The Pastoral Institute itself has separate evaluation. Though our regular courses are recent start we have a very vibrant and active Institute with lots of futures plans to be of more service to the diocese, society and other diocese and institution around.

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

Programme wise we have already mentioned earlier.

We are in the process of planning some short courses in theology and Pastoral ministries. We are planning to continue our “Campus Pastoral counselling” programme. A new course is being designed; three month pastoral theology for lay people. Another new course “skills incensement and plan your life” with skills to work in various institutions or to be self employed this is for rural gifts, school dropouts etc.

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

Our main difficulties at present are: Lack of response from the clergy. Lack of sufficient instruction i.e. mainly. The academic and communication aids. Lack of funding for new programmes and facilities.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Main challenges: To cope up with the changing society and making pastoral ministry up to date and more effective. To train, animate more and more lay persons to take up leadership and be committed in the present scenario. To cope up with the financial support for growth and development of the Institute.

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

To make this Institute to grow to its full capacity. To make it a full pledged Learning and Renewal Centre. A place where priests, religious and lay can come to pray, clarify, relax and renew. To make this Institute financially self sufficient. We have clear plans for it and trying to find ways to realize the plans.

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

All the Pastoral commissions/centres (departments) and at the activities of the Institute lay people are involved at all units. Also big number of our support and programmes are for lay people. We also have awareness and training programmes in different centres in the diocese. Majority of resource persons are lay people. The diocese is also committed to support by people and involve them at various levels of ministry.

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)?

We communicate through reports, broachers, publishing through the diocesan weekly and others new bulletins as well as through some regional and national publications.

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

We do not have much communication with the national Bishop’s Conference (very big country). We have limited cooperation from the regional Bishops. We have very good cooperation; understanding from the local Bishop. The local Bishops takes keen interest in the Institute and all our functioning.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

We do not have linkage at present at the national level.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We do not have any linkage so far at the international level. We very much would like to link ourselves with the international level. We have to find ways to become partners and support.

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

We have separate commission for inter-religious cooperation. One priest and team is involved in this work and we do have lot of exchange, study, cooperation and fellowship programmes.

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

There is a good networking with other churches. Protestant Bishop, their theological college and our diocese have very good relationship and cooperation. Many times both the Bishops together participate in ecumenical and social programmes.

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

At present we do not have strictly theological merges. We have Mangalore seminary supporting us for theological subjects. We had professors from Philippines on some subjects. Also form chair in Christianity in the University of Mangalore. But we are not affiliated to any institute outside. This is one of our main requirement to affiliate ourselves to some theological Institute and also find affiliation for our “Campus Pastoral Counselling” Course and other secular programmes.

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

By helping us to get connected to Institute/Centres/Organizations so that we can be partners; in sharing experience, exchange programmes, support in thinking, teaching etc. So that we get wider experience and exposure which can make us much more relevant and affective.

  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.