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CRI gets new national secretary



03 May, 2013 - A Salesian priest has been appointed the national secretary of the Conference of Religious India (CRI), the common forum of over 130,000 consecrated Catholic men and women in the country. Salesian Father Joe Mannath replaces Gabriel Brother Mani Mekkunnel. The 30-member National Executive Council, which met in Bangalore April 25 appointed Father Mannath to head the operations of the CRI for the next 4 years. He takes office from May 24. Father Mannath is well known to Indian Catholics through his columns in Catholic publications. He is also a resource person for animation programs and counselling. He served many years in Poonamallee seminary and then a Professor in Madras University. The National Secretary plays a key role in executing the CRI programs and policies based in the organizations National Secretariat at New Delhi. A national team of religious who are experts in various fields, assist him. The CRI is a network of with 13 Regional units with fulltime secretaries, and 160 Local Units in every diocese across the country. Another Salesian, Father V.M.Thomas is CRI national president, appointed last November. Besides being the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Guwahati, he is heads CRI’s priests’ section. (Source: UCANEWS)




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