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In Memories of Two Cardinals in Asia

Cardinal Cheong
Cardinal Sim

The Church in Asia lost two cardinals in less than two months this year.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, a new cardinal in Asia and the first of Brunei, died on May 29. He was 69.

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, 89, former archbishop of Seoul and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, passed away on April 27.

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and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary Schools:
    13
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students:
    15,000
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    22
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students:
    6,505
  • Primary Schools :
    40
  • Primary Schools-Students:
    3,500
  • Secondary Schools:
    11
  • Secondary Schools-Students:
    2,500

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolates:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    6
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    25
  • Orphanages:
    22
  • Socio-economic centers:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Community:
    Director: Father Bernard Joseph
  • Bible:
    Director: Father A. Joseph Lazar
  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Clergy:
    Director: Father I. Mariasusai
  • Communication Media:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Coordinator of all Commissions and Associations:
    Director of Diocesan Pastoral Center: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
    Address for all the commissions: Commissions Secretariat, Mary Palace, 63, Thamannan Road, Arisipalayam, Salem - 636 009, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2353038
  • Dialogue and Ecumenism:
    Director: Father Edward Rajan
  • Evangelization:
    Director: Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Family:
    Director: Father S. Solomonraj
  • Health:
    Director: Sister Francina, SMMI
  • Justice and Peace:
    Director: Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Laity:
    Director: Father D. A. Francis
  • Liturgy:
    Director: Father A. Joseph Paulraj
  • Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Castes:
    Director: Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Social Service:
    Director: D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Vocation:
    Director: Father L. David
  • Women:
    Director: Jacintha Rosi
  • Workers:
    Director: Father S. Lourdusamy
  • Youth:
    Director: Father Bernard Joseph

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Diocesan Director of Legion of Mary and Pious Associations:
    Father John Bosco Paul
  • Diocesan Chaplain for the Conference of Religious, India, Salem::
    Monsignor Mariasusai
  • Diocesan Director of Basic Christian Communities:
    Father I. Mariasusai
  • Diocesan Director of Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
    Father D. Michaelraj Selvam
  • Diocesan Director of Eucharistic Crusade and Altar Servers:
    Father Selvam Francis Xavier
  • Diocesan Director of Little way Association:
    Father John Alphonse
  • Diocesan Director of Nurses Guild:
    Father S. Theodore Selvaraj
  • Diocesan Director of Pontifical Mission Society:
    Father Selvam Francis Xavier
  • Diocesan Director of Prison Ministry:
    Father D. Gurusady Sagayaraj
  • Diocesan Director of University Students - AICUF:
    Father S. Arulappan
  • Diocesan Director of Vincent de Paul Society:
    Father M.S. Martin
  • Diocesan Public Relations:
    Father S. Arulappan
  • Director for Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests:
    Father D. Jeganathan
  • Director of Liturgical Music:
    Father L. David

Social Communications

  • Diocesan printing press:
    Address: Jayarakini press, Shevapet, Salem District - 636002, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2213513
  • Newsletters:
    Mangani Sethigal (Mango News) in Tamil
  • The Communications center:
    Epiphany communication center.
    Father Michaelraj Selvam is in charge of this center now.
    Address: Epiphany Centre, Omalur Main Road, Behind T.V.S., Salem 636009, India
    Phone: (91) 427-2351187
    Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
    www.salemdiocese.org

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