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Theological Formation in India Today

Goals, Beneficiaries and Practical Aspects


  • Saju Chackalackal Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram Bangalore



Catholic education, theological education, India, UNESCO, education pillars, human formation, intellectual formation, pastoral formation, spiritual formation, new evangelisation


I propose to dwell on an understanding of basic paradigms of education or intellectual formation in the Indian milieu and initiate a discussion on the need of revamping theological formation in view of addressing the concerns, challenges, and prospects of the Indian Church, especially by focusing on the beneficiaries, goals, and some of the practical aspects of theological formation so that a more effective but practically viable system could be conceived in order to better serve the Church at large and the Indian Church in particular.

Author Biography

Saju Chackalackal, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram Bangalore

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