HIS BEATITUDE MAJOR ARCHBISHOP
MORAN MOR BASELIOS CARDINAL CLEEMIS CATHOLICOS
HIS GRACE ARCHBISHOP THOMAS MAR KOORILOS
REV.DR. JACOB Thekeparambil.
Admission is now open for M A. Syriac and Syriac certificate course for west and East Syriac Studies.
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ST. EPHREM ECUMENICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SEERI)
(Regional Centre for M.A. Syriac & Research Centre for Ph.D. Syriac
of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam)
Baker Hill, Kottayam 686001, Kerala, INDIA
A felt need:
SEERI has come up in response to a deeply felt need. In India today there are seven Churches, with a total membership of ten million, which share the ancient Syriac patrimony, each with its own centre for the training of the clergy. There was neither an institute yet in India for advanced teaching and learning of the Syriac language and heritage, i.e. at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, nor was there any place in India where manuscripts, documents, source books etc. necessary for such study and research were available.
SEERI was conceived and established to fill this void. It seeks to be a teaching-learning centre as well as a centre for research for scholars and students of Syriac literature, history, worship and traditions.
The Institute is situated on Baker Hill, in Kottayam, Kerala. It is named after St. Ephrem, the great Syriac theologian poet – saint, aptly described as “the Harp of the Holy Spirit”. It was inaugurated on September 14, 1985 by His Holiness Mar Thoma Mathews I, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
SEERI is sponsored and supported by the Malankara Catholic Archdiocese of Tiruvalla; its aims and objectives however, are distinctively ecumenical; it works in close collaboration with all Churches, particularly those that share the Syriac patrimony. SEERI seeks to foster and deepen the mutual understanding of these Churches through close collaboration in the study and search of their common heritage.
Facilities and Services:
Whereas the majority of Christians, who have entered into the Syriac heritage, live in India, the literature, manuscripts and other source materials pertaining to that heritage are, for the most part, in West Asia and in the Western countries.
SEERI has already acquired an impressive collection of Photostats of documents, CDs, microfilms and microfiches of published and unpublished writings in the original. Translations of Syriac literature in modern languages (English, German, French etc.) have also been acquired. The Library and the manuscript section are being built up steadily.
The Institute’s programmes include publications, translations, training projects, seminars, lectures and courses, Symposia etc. SEERI also provides the setting for scholars from other countries wanting to study the situation of the largest living communities of the Syriac tradition against the Indian background. They would also share with us the fruits of their scholarship and research. The microfilm collection has at present over ten thousand pages of mostly unpublished Syriac texts and manuscripts. Readers (equipments) for microfilms and microfiches have been installed. There is also a steadily growing section of modern books on various branches of theology.
Eminent scholars are available for guiding research work in the field of Syriac Patristics, Liturgy, and Church History etc. The Institute can also help Indian scholars to be in touch with Institutes abroad in the pursuit of their higher studies.
Among the activities of SEERI during the last 35 years were Nine World Syriac Conferences in which a large number of scholars from India and abroad participated.
• Course of initiation into Syriac literature for students going to universities abroad for higher studies and to the M. Th. students in India.
• Regular classes in Syriac language for interested candidates.
• Syriac Intensive Course, held yearly for 3 months during the summer vacation.
• UGC sponsored course for Syriac teachers of colleges in Kerala.
• Lecture series on the history and patrimony of Syriac Churches and on other selected themes by eminent scholars.
• Seminars and classes on various aspects of Syriac theology.
• An Introductory Course on Spirituality based on Syriac liturgy.
• Full-time and part-time degree programmes.
• A course on Syriac Iconography.
• Intensive Courses in modern languages: French, German, Italian.
• Short courses in early Christian languages: Armenian, Arabic, Greek, Coptic, Ge’ez, Latin.
• One year Certificate Course in Theology.
• Intensive course in Syriac Church Music.
• Initiation programmes on the Ecclesial Language and Heritage of the Oriental Churches.
Collaboration with Universities.
(a). As a “Regional and Research Centre” of the Mahatma Gandhi University at Kottayam, Kerala, India, SEERI offers:
• Master’s Degree Course in Syriac Language and Literature (2 years programme).
• Research Programmes leading to Ph. D in Syriac Language and Literature:
(b). Collaboration with other Universities.
1. Oriental Institute of the Martin Luther Univ., Halle, Germany.
2. Institut Orientalist of the Catholic Univ., Louvain - la -Neuve, Belgium.
3. Holy Spirit Univ., Kaslik, Lebanon.
4. Serampore University.
(c). On specific programmes - SEERI works in close collaboration with:
• Academia, Yerevan, Armenia.
• Catholic and Evangelical Faculties, Leuven, Belgium.
• Catholic Univ. of America, Washington DC, U.S.A.
• Catholic Univ., Addis - Ababa, Ethiopia.
• Catholic Univ., Paris, France.
• CERO, Antelias, Lebanon.
• CNRS members, Institute for Semitic Studies, College de France and E.P.H.E., Paris, France.
• Collegium Orientale, Eichstaett, Germany.
• Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Studies, Univ. of Toronto, Canada.
• George- August Univ., Göttingen, Germany.
• Institute for Liturgy and Hymnology, Graz Univ., Austria.
• Peshita Institute, Leiden Univ., Holland.
• Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, Italy.
• Oriental Institute, Univ. of Oxford, U.K.