Eparchial Graduation of Class of 2023

The Department of Catechesis in the Syro Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Mississauga celebrated a momentous day and a significant milestone as 109 graduates completed their Faith Formation Program in Grade 12 during the Catechetical academic year 2022- 2023. Over the course of fourteen years of faith formation, students explored our faith’s rich traditions, and values and deepened their relationship with God and one another. It was a journey filled with knowledge, faith, friendships, challenges, and countless blessings.

Eparchy of Mississauga has 24 Catechism Schools with a total of 4,451 students, 668 teaching staff and 109 graduate students in the Catechetical academic year 2022 – 2023. The graduation ceremony took place on June 03, 2023, at St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Scarborough. The event began with the Holy Qurbana celebrated by His Excellency Mar Jose Kalluvelil, followed by the official Graduation Ceremony. His Excellency Mar Jose Kalluvelil presided over the Ceremony and delivered the Presidential Address. His paternal care for the younger generation is a hallmark that we experience in his Episcopal ministry. Rev. Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, Rector of St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, served as the Chief Guest of this ceremony. Rev. Fr. Augustine Kallumkatharayil, Director of the Department of Catechesis gave the Welcome Address. Rev. Fr. Baiju Chakkery, Pastor of St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Scarborough appreciated the graduates, representing all the priests in the Eparchy and Mr. Francis Ouseph, from St. Alphonsa Cathedral Mississauga represented the laity. Juno Maria Lins, SMYM National team member & Youth Associate of St. Mary’s Syro Malabar Catholic Parish, London, presented the graduation toast speech representing the youth of the Eparchy. Sr. Prasanna Thattil, Principal of St. Alphonsa Cathedral, Mississauga, proposed the Vote of Thanks.

The New Youth Associates, who joined the Catechetical academic year 2022- 2023 at the various parishes and mission centres across the Eparchy were also honoured for their exemplary service in the ceremony.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2023!

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