10-09-2014, 01:52 PM
SEERI sponsored and supported by the Archdiocese of the Syro-Malankara Tiruvalla Catholic Church. However, its goals and objectives are clearly ecumenical. The institute is located on a hill Baker, Kottayam, Kerala. It is named in honor of St. Ephraim the Syrian theologian, a great poet - the Holy One, aptly described as "the harp of the Holy Spirit." It was opened on September 14, 1985, His Holiness March Thoma Mathews I, Catholicos of the Syrian Orthodox Church. It works in close cooperation with all the churches, especially those who share the heritage of the Syriac. SEERI seeks to strengthen and deepen the mutual understanding of these churches through close cooperation in the field of research and find their common heritage.
SEERI come up in response to a deeply felt need. In India, there are seven churches, with the total number of members of the ten million who share the heritage of the ancient Syriac, each with its own center for the training of clergy. There is, however, not an institution still in India for advanced teaching and learning of the Syriac language and heritage; there is no place in India, where there are manuscripts, documents, manuals, etc., necessary for the study and research. SEERI was conceived and created to fill this gap. It aims to be the center of teaching learning, as well as a center for research for scientists and students of Syriac literature, history, religion and traditions.
SEERI is officially sanctioned "regional and Research Center" Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala, India
Its president is the most Rev. Dr. Thomas March Koorilos, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla and director is Rev. Dr. Jacob Thekkeparambil