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Indian priests set to open Brisbane base

Pastoral visit: Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament provincial superior of Zion province Fr Joseph Mulangattil Thomas (second from right) recently arrived from India to visit other MCBS priests ministering in Brisbane archdiocese. The priests are (from left) Fr Joseph Kanatt, Fr Joe Thottankara and Fr Noyichan Mamoottil. They attended a lunch hosted by Archbishop Mark Coleridge at Wynberg, New Farm, on Thursday, February 6.

Pastoral visit: Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament provincial superior of Zion province Fr Joseph Mulangattil Thomas (second from right) recently arrived from India to visit other MCBS priests ministering in Brisbane archdiocese. The priests are (from left) Fr Joseph Kanatt, Fr Joe Thottankara and Fr Noyichan Mamoottil. They attended a lunch hosted by Archbishop Mark Coleridge at Wynberg, New Farm, on Thursday, February 6.

THE Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will establish its first Australian mission house in Brisbane on February 23.

The establishment of the Australian MCBS mission house would bring a greater unity among Queensland’s eight MCBS priests, two in Toowoomba and six in Brisbane.

MCBS priest Fr Joseph Thottankara will also be installed into his new parish at Holland Park-Mt Gravatt the same day the house is established.

As one of the first MCBS priests to come to the Brisbane archdiocese, Fr Thottankara said the new house would be “a place of coming together”.

In March, the new Eparchy St Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars (Australia) will be established in Melbourne.

Fr Thottankara said the new MCBS mission house would also be a place of welcome for Syro-Malabarians throughout Australia.

He said the MCBS’s presence in Australia, made official with the mission house, meant the order could now “claim all continents”.

MCBS superior general Fr George Kizhakkemury, will visit Australia for the opening of the new house.

Fr Kizhakkemury will also be present at MCBS priest Fr Jacob Chacko’s installation to Rochedale parish.

Fr Kizhakkemury and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge are discussing the ministry options for the new mission house residents.

Being devoted to the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, Fr Thottankara said the new ministry would have to revolve around Eucharistic celebration, but not merely Eucharistic adoration.

“As MCBS priests, our charism is to proclaim the richness of the Eucharist in everyday life, explaining it as the source and climax of our faith,” Fr Thottankara said.

Although the order is canonically under the Syro-Malabar rite, the second-largest Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church, Fr Thottankara said the mission house would not be focused on increasing Syro-Malabar priests.

“I think we need more priests here in our archdiocese,” he said

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