The Liturgical Research Centre (LRC) was established in order to promote serious study and research into the heritage of the Syro-Malabar Church like liturgy, theology, spirituality and discipline, a heritage that is differentiated by the culture and circumstances of history of the St. Thomas Christians of India. (Cf. CCEO, c. 28, §1). The St. Thomas Christian Museum and the Documentation Centre are managed by LRC. LRC also publishes the bi-annual journal “St. Thomas Christian Heritage”..
The Liturgical Research Centre is part of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. It is governed by a Board of Directors and headed by the Executive Director.
|Board of Directors|
|Chairman||Mar Tony Neelankavil|
|Member||Mar Jose Pulickal|
|Executive Director:||Rev. Dr. Joji Kallingal|
|Member:||Rev. Dr. Francis Pittapillil|
|Member:||Rev. Dr. Joseph Kollara|
|Office Secretary:||Sr Joina MSJ|
Liturgical Research Centre
The primary function of the Liturgical Research Centre is to conduct research seminars and coordinate research on Syro-Malabar heritage. LRC also manages the St. Thomas Christian Museum and the Library and Documentation Centre, publishes books and the journal Thomas Christian Heritage and gives the Syro-Malabar Research Centre Award.
The Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church held in Rome in January 1996 decided to erect a Liturgical Research Centre at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. The synod held from November 3-14, 1998 at Mount St. Thomas followed up the matter. The then Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church, Mar Varkey Vithayathil, with a decree dated April 10, 1999, erected the “Liturgical Research Centre”.
1. Research Seminars
In the last 13 years LRC had organized 43 research seminars on different important subjects that concern the Syro-Malabar Church with the participation of experts in the field. Through the seminars LRC has been able to prepare a venue for experts to come together and deliberate about the past, present and future of our Church in an atmosphere of fraternal cordiality and intellectual seriousness.