Our Concern

Our Concern
Evangelization:

Having received the good news through the untiring efforts of the missionaries from Europe, the vibrant Diocese of Kottar has the proclamation of the Gospel as its central concern.
All our activities, both at the diocesan and parish level, are geared to deepening the faith-life of the Christians, and sharing the Gospel with the non-Christians, especially through Basic Christian (Ecclesial) Communities in all villages of the Diocese.
There are 92 parishes with resident priests and 38 mission churches attached to the parishes. Various associations, organizations and apostolic movements are actively participating in this evangelization process.
All the parishes are engaged in evaluating themselves and drawing up a pastoral plan.

Vocations

Kottar Diocese is blessed with numerous vocations to priesthood and religious life. Every year about fifty young men and women respond to the call of the Lord to serve in Kottar Diocese and in other parts of the country as missionaries.
Tamil Nadu Xavier Mission Home, a Tamil Nadu regional institution l in Kottar Diocese, fosters missionary vocation and sends candidates to serve as missionaries in the northern and eastern dioceses of India. Bishops Thomas Aquinas of Coimbatore and Bishop Maria Calist of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh are among the many missionaries who hailed from Kottar Diocese.
The diocese has about 42 seminarians in various major seminaries. Every year about 5 men are ordained to the priesthood for the diocese of Kottar.
The aid received from Rome is not enough to support the education of the seminarians. The diocese has to spend about Rs. 2760 (US$ 60.00) every month on each candidate for priesthood.The diocese has also the responsibility of maintaining 218 priests, both active and retired, of the Diocese. Many of the parishes are financially unable to support their pastors. The Diocese needs about $1000.00(Rs.60,000) every year for each priest.

Education

Kottar Diocese has given much importance to education both at the elementary school level and higher levels to improve the lot of the people. The Government pays salary for the teachers and the non-teaching staff in the aided schools. The schools established or upgraded after 1991 are denied this aid. This has created a big added burden on the diocese. The Diocese also has to find funds to construct new school buildings or renovate the existing ones.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Engineering College

1

T.T.C.

1

B.Ed College

1

M.Ed College

1

Arts & Science Colleges

3

Nursing School

1

Community College

1

Technical & Vocational Training Centres

2

Higher Secondary Schools

14

High Schools

16

Middle Schools

10

Primary Schools

35

CBSE & English medium Schools

14

Socio - Economic Developement:

As most of our people are either fishermen or farmers with no craft or land of their own, their income is unsteady. Poverty and underemployment make them easy targets of exploitation.
The Diocese also faces challenges to ensure support in the areas of housing, sanitation, protected drinking water, education and employment.
The Diocese tries to respond to such challenges through its social action wing: Kottar Social Service Society. Here are some of their programmes.

  1. Women’s Self Confidence Programme
  2. Dalit Delopment Programme
  3. Coastal Peace and Development
  4. Inland Fisher People's Organisation.
  5. Rural Motivation Programme
  6. Promotion of Self Reliant People's Federation
  7. Save a family Programme
  8. Short Stay Home
  9. Family Units
  10. Technical Training Centre
  11. Catholic Industrial School
  12. Community College
  13. Boat Building Centre
  14. Carpentary Unit