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Bangalore Diocese under Mar Seraphim envisions dream project of “Orthodox University”

Indian Orthodox youngest bishop has set his vision for Bangalore Diocese with focus on the education sector. Metropolitan HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim has envisioned setting up of an ‘Orthodox University’ on the city’s outskirts. In all about 10 to 12 acres, 30 kilometres beyond the Bengaluru International Airport in Devanahalli area, was spotted for the University.

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BENGALURU: Indian Orthodox youngest bishop has set his vision for Bangalore Diocese with focus on the education sector. Metropolitan HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim has envisioned setting up of an ‘Orthodox University’ on the city’s outskirts.

In all about 10 to 12 acres, 30 kilometers beyond the Bengaluru International Airport in Devanahalli area, was spotted for the University. Registration deal for the property failed to materialize when real estate agents hiked up the prices at the last moment. Though, this has come has a setback, the Diocese is scouting for new spots around fast developing areas like Malur (in nearby Kolar district), Kengeri, the satellite area of Bangalore, for the project.

Disclosing these details in a telephonic interview with this correspondent, Mar Serpahim said he desires the proposed university to be set up on the lines of Christ University in Bangalore. Managed by priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, Christ University on Hosur Road, is a private deemed to be university and is the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India.

Land acquisition will be the main criteria for the Diocese in the coming days, Mar Seraphim said, adding that this will be the only project of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church if it comes up in future. “Agriculture lands can be used for educational purposes and the project will be launched in a phased manner, in stages of about 4 to 5 years. We will not launch it at one go, but go about in a phased manner – maybe start from primary school onwards and develop it further to extend it to university level,” Mar Seraphim explained.

RETREAT CENTRE AT ARAMANA: Mar Seraphim has also laid out plans to develop the vast space at the Bangalore Diocese, Dodda Gubbi Village, as a retreat-cum-conference centre, which will bring in additional revenue for the Diocese.

Recently an adjacent plot to the Aramana, about 50 cents, was purchased adding up to 1 lakh square feet additional space which will be rented out for private functions in future. Arterial road leading to the Aramana located in Bidarahalli Hobli of Bangalore East Taluk is to be widened by BBMP for the proposed peripheral highway. This will further develop areas around the Aramana, thus bringing in more connectivity and real estate value. Mar Seraphim also outlined several school projects coming up in Mysore district under the Diocese.

The Metropolitan assumed charge of the Diocese 4 years back which now has 21 parishes and congregations spread across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and 3 UAE cities of Fujairah, Dibba and Ras–al-Khaima (RAK) with about 4,000 families as its members and 23 priests, including 6 Cor-Episcopoi.

The Metropolitan has called upon all to extend their helping hand towards the project.

Those willing to contribute towards the Diocese Fund can contact Mar Seraphim on his mobile at +91-94479 63528 or email: marseraphim@gmail.com

5 replies on “Bangalore Diocese under Mar Seraphim envisions dream project of “Orthodox University””

Why can’t we start our own Oriental Orthodox University in America?
Malankara Orthodox Church needs to give more attention to our seminary students’ preparation. As we have very few students we may seek (both dioceses) the possibility of joint theological programs with other Oriental Churches: Armenians have only 10-12 students, Coptic Seminary in New Jersey is also very small.

I would like to request Your Grace to bring this important concern to the Holy Episcopal Synod.

Good luck with your vision and action. With 23 priest and 4000 families, you are doing well.
Request to establish an educational institution in the United States has been brought to the attention of the Holy Synod years before. It is the Bangalore Metropolitan took the initiative and people supported. Both dioceses talk about such activities but we never got the chance to act on it. I hope that such an announcement could happen during this Apostolic visit. That could be a land mark declaration of this historic visit.
Orlando/Florida Could be a great place to start one institution for the American dioceses. We need vision, motivation and action.

At present, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is already having 2 Theological Seminaries to train the priests, first one at Kottayam and the second one at Nagpur.

However, the church does not have a Theological Seminary of its own in USA to train its future generation priests and are depending on other Seminaries belonging to some other Orthodox Churches.

In my personal opinion, the Malankara Orthodox Church should start its own 3rd Theological Seminary at USA, in order to train the future priests, rather than starting an Orthodox University!

We need ‘ Orthodox Faith’ as the syllabus in our seminaries,like most of the orthodox churches have….instead of serampore university syllabus.
Because our Orthodox faith is rich and most of our members don’t know this,
even the Priests also…….so think about this…..

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