Growing in the Wisdom of God
P.O.Box 98, Kottayam
Theological Training Programme for the Laity in the Church, founded in
1984 A. D. by H. H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews I (Catholicose of the East
and Malankara Metropolitan) by the initiative of H. G. Dr. Paulose Mar
Gregorios Metropolitan (Principal of the Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam).
Proficiency in Orthodox Christian
Education (P.O.C.E): 2 Year certificate course
Diploma in Orthodox Christian
Education (D.O.C.E): 2 Year Diploma course
Graduate in Orthodox Christian
Education (G.O.C.E): 4 Year Degree course
Thiruvachanabhashyam ( New Testament
Commentaries): 3 Year certificate course
- To educate the
people in basic Orthodox Christian faith and practices.
- To train the people
to build up a true Christian life-pattern in the midst of modern
challenges of the world.
- To help Christian
parents and families, by which the growing generation shall be properly
cared and nurtured in a true Christian way.
- To encourage
Christian leaders to work in the spiritual organizations of the Church
at parish and diocesan levels.
- To prepare the
people to face the new challenges, ideologies and problems of the time
and to respond with a Christian mind filled with deep faith and complete
trust in God.
- Anyone can join the
course-men and woman from all walks of life without disturbing their day
to day duties.
- No age bar, no basic
education is considered for admission; but the interest of the
applicants must be checked before the admission by a simple evaluation
of the statements in their application.
- It is a
non-residential course with facilities for weekly contact classes at the
local or parish level under the guidance of the parish priest or a
- A correspondence
course is also available for those who cannot attend the contact
- Self-study materials
(textbooks) are available to the students, who can read and summarize
them and prepare themselves for an examination held every two months, at
the completion of each subject and before the next subject is started.
- The question papers
are set, and answer papers are valued by the authors of the book, at the
- Those who are not
interested in appearing for examinations may prepare some essays on the
titles given from the centre and shall submit them for valuation at the
central office. To prepare essays students shall refer other books also,
in addition to the textbooks.
writing Essays and Summary to each subject (textbook) are compulsory for
all students in the G.O.C.E course. Besides these, each G.O.C.E student
shall prepare a senior essay or thesis on any subject approved by the
Central Office as a part of his/her academic requirement.
- Seminars for P.O.C.E
and D.O.C.E in each subject shall be conducted at regional study centers
(Diocesan level), according to the availability of the students. G.O.C.E
seminars will be conducted at central level.
- New admission is
possible every two months and all subjects can be completed in the order
given in the Divyabodhanam calendar, which shall be given at the time of
- The course is
available both in Malayalam & English mediums
- Pass certificates
will be issued to those who successfully complete the courses at the
time of convocation which is solemnly organised in every two years at
the Central Office in the Orthodox Theological seminary, Kottayam.
- Fees Structure
- P. O.C.E :
Admission Fee- Rs.10/-
Examination Fee- Rs.10/- per subject
- D.O.C.E: Admission
Fee- Rs. 15/-
Examination Fee- Rs.10/- per subject
Admission Fee- Rs.25/-
Examination Fee-Rs.10/-per subject
Thiruvachanabhashyam: Admission Fee-Rs.10/-
Examination Fee-Rs.10/-per subject
- Book club
membership Fee-Rs.10/-(Text books will be issued with 30% discount to
those have book club membership).
Fee concession is available to deserving candidate especially for
Sunday school teachers, who join this course.
- Method of evaluation
and assessment: The examination papers and essays shall be valued at the
central office Kottayam, by the concerned supervisors. Pass Mark 40%,
Second Class 50% & First Class 70%.
calendar: A calendar giving the dates of commencement and examinations
for each subject is available to the students.
Library: A Library shall be organized at local/parish or Regional
centers, according to the availability of funds.
Course: The Central Office provides facilities for those who wish to
frequent for the course by correspondence.
- A. D. 2008 is the
silver jubilee year of Divyabodhanam. So far 10000 students, both male
and female, of different ages have passed out and many of them serve the
church by assisting the priests in conducting prayer groups and other
spiritual programmes. Around 1000 students have registered their names
for different courses in the current Jubilee year batch.
A) P.O.C.E (10
Malayalam and 10 English translated books)
Prakashathilekku/ In the
Fullness of Time: New Testament Introduction by Fr. T.J. Joshua
Daivajanam/ People of God:
Laity in the Church by Fr. C. C. Cherian
- Prathyasakiranangal/ Rays of Hope:
Old Testament Introduction by Dr. Dn. K. a. George
Thinking about God: Introduction to Christian Theology by Fr. Mathew
Light to the Nations: Church, Ministry and Sacraments by Fr. K. M.
of Faith: Christian Apologetics by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
Sakshikalude Samuham/ Clouds of
Witness: Builders of Christian Tradition/Patristics by Fr. Jacob Kurian
Abba Pithave/ Abba
Father: Introduction to Christian Liturgy by Fr. Baby Varghese
Sabha Valarunnu/ The
Growing Church: Church History in India by Fr. V. C. Samuel
Jeevithapathayil/ On the
Road to Life: Introduction to Counselling by Fr. O. Thomas
B) D. O. C. E (10
Apostola Prabodhanangal (A study on
the New Testament Epistles) by Fr. T. J. Joshua
New Testament understanding of Christian Life) by Fr. Dr. K. J. Gabriel
(H.G. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorious)
(Message of the Prophets- An Old Testament Study) by Fr. V. M. James
- Nithyajeevanil (Theology of Human
Salvation) by H. G. Dr. Mathews Mar Severios
Nervazhiyil (A study on the Orthodox Churches) By Fr. C. C. Cherian
and Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham
Dharmadeepti (Religion and Ethics) by H. G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar
Christian Theology) by Fr. Dr. Jacob Kurian
(Introduction to Christian Worship) by Fr. Dr. V. P. Varghese
- Adhuneeka Bharata Sabha (Indian
Church History) by Fr. Dr. V. C. Samuel
(Christian Family) by Fr. Dr. O. Thomas
C) G. O. C. E (10
Books in Malayalam)
- Paurastya Christava Darsanam
(Eastern Christian Perspectives) by Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorious
- Sabhayum Samuhya Pradibathadhayum (
Church and Social Responsibilities) by H. G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar
- Christava Athyatmikatha (Christian
Spirituality) by Fr. C. C. Cherian
Mathangalude sandesham (Message of
Religions) by Fr. George Pulikkottil
- Pradeeksha sandeshangal (History
and habits of Israel- An Old Testament Study) by Dr. Dn. K. A. George
- Yerusalemilninnu ( Church History
from AD 1- 1054) by Fr. Dr. M. O. John
Sabhaparamparyashilpikal (A Study
on the Syriac Church Fathers) by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker
Edayante Pathayil (A Guide to
Christian Ministers) by Fr. T. J. Joshua
Sabhayum Samvedanavum (Church and
Communication) by Fr. John Thomas Karingattil
Manasum Jeevithavum (A
Psychological analysis of Problems and Prospects) by Fr. Dr. O. Thomas
Thiruvachanabhashyam (commentaries on
New Testament Books in Malayalam)
- On St. Mathew by Fr. T. J. Joshua
- On St. Mark by Fr. Dr. John Mathews
- On St. Luke by Fr. Dr. Jacob Kurian
- On St. John by Fr. T. J. Joshua
- On the Acts of Apostles by Fr. Dr.
V. C. Samuel
- On the Epistle to Romans by Fr. Dr.
K. M. George
- On the First epistle to Corinthians
by Fr. Philip Mathew
- On the second epistle to
Corinthians by Fr. T. J. Joshua
- On the Epistles to Ephesians,
Philippians and Colossians by Fr. Dr. M. A. Mathai Ramban (Dr. Mathews
- On the Epistle to Galatians and I
& II Thessalonians by H. G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
- On the I & II Epistles to Timothy,
Titus and Philemon by Fr. Dr. O. Thomas
- On the Epistle to Hebrews by Dn.
Dr. K. A. George
- On the Epistles of James and I & II
Peter by Fr. Dr. T.P. Elias
- On the Epistles of John (I, II &
III), and Jude by H. G. Mathews Mar Barnabas
- On the Book Of Revelation by Fr.
Dr. V. P. Varughese
Current Central Office
1. Patron: H. H.
Baselius Marthoma Didimos I Catholicose of the East and Malankara
2. Vice- Patrons: All Metropolitans of the Malankara Orthodox Church
3. Director: Fr. T.J. Joshua
4. President: Fr. Dr. K. M. George
5. Vice-president: Fr. Dr. Jacob Kurian
6. Joint Director & Co-ordinator: Fr. C. C. Cherian
7. Registrar: Fr. Dr. Jose John
8. Co-ordinator: Fr. Abraham Thomas
9. Central Organizer: Prof. Varughese Mathew
10. Office Secretary: Mr. V.I Abraham
address for correspondence with the Office of Divyabodhanam:
Orthodox Theological seminary
P.B. No. 98
Kottayam-686 001, Kerala
Tel. 0481. (2566526) (2568083) (2566650) (9446600125 Mob)
Fax: 0481. 2302571
Fr. Dr. Jose
Fr. Abraham Thomas: