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Abp. Thomas Mar Koorilos

Bp. Jose Porunnedom
Vice Chairman

Abp. Joseph Kalathiparambil
Vice Chairman

Rev. Fr. George Vettikattil

Fr. Micheal Vettickatt
Joint Secretary

Rev. Fr. Thomas Tharayil
Joint Secretary

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Abp. Dr. Thomas Mar Koorilos
KSS Forum

Rev. Fr. George Vettikattil
KSS Forum

Bp. Dr. Abraham Mar Julios
Episcopal Advisor
Ecological Mission

Fr.Shaji Stephen O de M
Jesus Fraternity

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Theckanath

Rev. Fr. Roy Mathew Vadakkel
Care Homes & Special Schools

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Growing in to a vibrant resource centre of excellence in social work for the establishment of a just society.


Strengthening of the partner organizations through Animation, Training, Knowledge dissemination, Consultancy, Networking, Advocacy, Lobbying and Research.

The Thrust Area

The main thrust of KSS forum is the empowerment of the poor and marginalized through the awakening of critical thinking. The thrust areas are:

  1. Animation and Empowerment

  2. Capacity building of member societies through Training

  3. Environment regeneration

  4. Fishermen Development

  5. Information dissemination

  6. Net working

  7. Promotion of peoples organizations

  8. Social Research and Documentation

  9. Tribal Development

  10. Gender Development


Main Objectives

  1. Strengthen and professionalize partner organizations

  1. Facilitate the planning process of the partner organizations

  2. Exchange of ideas and experiences

  3. Strengthen the federations of community based organizations

  4. Net work with development actors

  5. Conduct quality training to address the social issues

  6. Provide consultancy services

  7. Initiate policy dialogue, advocacy and lobbying

  8. Conduct scientific studies and researches

  9. Inspire and encourage the application of science and technology in social work

  10. Develop new approaches in development

  11. Monitor and evaluate the activities of the partner organizations

  12. Declare solidarity to the struggles for social justice

  13. Facilitate democratization process through peoples participation

  14. Initiate and promote local resource mobilization



Justice Peace and Development Commission is the official arm of the Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council to coordinate the Social Apostolate Ministry of the Kerala Catholic Church. Kerala Social Service Forum, Association of Catholic Care Homes, Jesus Fraternity and Sarathi are the operational wings of JPD Commission.  Secretary of the JPD Commission is the Executive Director of Kerala Social Service Forum.

Kerala Social Service Forum (KSSF)

Organizational Profile

Kerala Social Service Forum (KSSF) is the official State level body of the Kerala Catholic Church for delivering its Social Apostolate. KSSF has been designated as the official networking organization for the 32 Diocesan Social Service Societies in Kerala in order to ensure effective perspective-building, knowledge dissemination, coordination, capacity-building, documentation and advocacy & lobbying, while upholding the values of the Catholic Church. It also serves as the Regional Forum of the Diocesan Social Service Societies in Kerala for Caritas India and Catholic Relief Services.



·         Human and Institutional Development

·         Integral Development of Women, Children and Marginalized (Dalits, Tribals etc.)

·         Good Governance

·         Sustainable Agriculture

·         Environment Protection

·         Livelihood & Micro Enterprise Development

·         Community Health

·         Research & Documentation

·         Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying


Program Highlights (Dec 2017 to Nov 2018)

Human and Institutional Development

DSSS Level Best Women Volunteer’s Award: On the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrations, KSSF honored 27 selected women volunteers from 27 Dioceses with the Best Women Volunteer’s Award – 2018.


International Women’s Day: International Women’s Day was observed on 10th March 2018 at AMOS Centre, Kottayam. 130 Delegates from 25 DSSS participated in this program. Mrs. Asha Das, President, Darshan presided over the meeting and Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos, Chairman, JPD Commission, KCBC inaugurated the event. Mrs. Susan Thomas, President, Women Fellowship CSI Church delivered the keynote address. Very Rev. Fr. Michael Vettickat, Chief Coordinator, Social Apostolate of Syro Malabar Church offered felicitations.


Best Annual Report Award to WSE, Ernakulam: On the occasion of the Annual General Body Meeting of KSSF, Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorious Award for the Best Annual Report for the year 2016-17 was presented by His Grace Thomas Mar Koorilos to Fr. Paul Cherupilly, Executive Director Welfare Services Ernakulam.


Annual General Body Meeting: The 37th Annual General Body Meeting of Kerala Social Service Forum was held on 19th June 2018 at AMOS Centre, Adichira Kottayam. His Grace Thomas Mar Koorilos, Chairman JPD Commission presided over the meeting. 29 Diocesan Social Service Societies represented in the meeting either by Director or Assistant Director and nominated members. His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Secretary General KCBC, Rev. Fr. Paul Moonjely,  Executive Director, Caritas India,  V. Rev. Fr. Michael Vettickat, National Coordinator, Social Apostolate of Syro Malabar Church, Rev. Fr. Thomas Tharayil, Coordinator, Social Apostolate of Latin Church, Prof. Monamma Kokkad, Director, Minority Corporation, Rev. Fr. Romance Antony, Dr. V. R . Haridas, Manager Climate Adaptive Agriculture & Livelihoods, Caritas India graced the occasion.

Orientation on Catholic Social Teachings: One-day orientation program on Catholic Social Teachings was given by Fr. Paul Moonjely, Executive Director Caritas India for the Directors and Project Officers of the DSSSs in Kerala.


AMOS CENTRE:   Besides the programs of KSSF and DSSS partner, different NGOs, Faith based organizations, Kudumbasree, Information Kerala Mission, MG University, DIET, SCERT, etc. availed facilities of AMOS Centre.

Integral Development of Women, Children and Marginalized

Darshan AGB: The Annual General Body Meeting of Darshan (State Women’s Federation) was held on 25th July 2018 at AMOS Centre.

Orientation on PFPF: Orientation and skill-training on Pollution Free Poultry Farming was organized for the women leaders at AMOS Centre. Mr. Shiju Thomas from PSSP Palakkad facilitated the sessions.

Seminar on Influence of Media in Women’s life: KSSF organized a half day Seminar on Influence of Media in Women’s Lives for the Gender Coordinators from the DSSS. Dr. Razeena Padmam, Former HoD, Behavioral Sciences; MG University was the resource person.

Orientation on Schemes for Minorities: An orientation on the schemes for minorities was organized for the DSSS partners in June 2018. Prof. Monamma Kokkad, Director, Minority Development Finance Corporation explained the different schemes of Minority Development Finance Corporation, State and National Minority Commissions. Directors, Assistant Directors and Lay representatives from 29 DSSS attended the class. “Nuinapaksha Avakasangal” book written by Prof. Monamma Kokkad was distributed to all the DSSS for further reference and collaboration.

Good Governance

Orientation on Constitutional Values & Human Rights: One-day orientation on Constitutional Values & Human Rights was given to the Darshan General Body members on 25th July 2018. Adv. Reena Abraham, Ernakulam was the resource person and 72 women representatives from 30 DSSS participated. 

Environment Protection

World Environment Day Observation: World Environment Day was observed on 6th June 2018 at Government UP School, Elappully, Palakkad in collaboration with People’s Service Society, Palakkad and Elappully Grama Panchayath. Seminar on water conservation, Quiz program for students, renovation of the water sources in Elappully GP, Installation of water dispenser unit and a public meeting at Elappully UP School were conducted.


Orientation talk on Land and Water issues in Kerala: Dr. V. R. Haridas, Manager, Climate Adaptive Agriculture & Livelihoods, Caritas India gave an orientation talk on Land and Water issues in Kerala to the DSSS Directors and Project Officers. It focused on the relevance of soil and water conservation measures with particular mention to rainwater harvesting in the coming years.

Consultative Meetings on Climate Change: KSSF conducted Three Consultative Meetings with Thematic experts at Kollam, Kottayam and Trivandrum for developing a concept note on Climate Change Adaptation in Fisheries sector. Experts from the DSSS of Trivandrum, Alappuzha & Kollam along with Dr. V.R., Haridas, Manager, Climate Adaptive Agriculture & Livelihoods, Caritas India and KSSF Team members were present in these meetings.

Community Health

Safe Kitchen & Safe Food: Darshan Federation Members were given an orientation on “Safe Kitchen & Safe Food” by Dr. V. R. Haridas.

Research & Documentation

Training on Participatory Well Inventory Analysis: KSSF arranged a half-day training program on Participatory Well Inventory Analysis for SHG members from 14 locations where Participatory Action Research program is going on.


Assessment of Well Inventory Data and Interpretation: Regular field visits are conducted in collaboration with DSSS and local people to collect data and assess the progress of the Well Inventory Program initiated at 18 locations across Kerala.


Training in Systematic Documentation and Follow-up Activities (Monitoring and Guidance): KSSF Team visited all the DSSS, evaluated the documentation systems in practice and gave suggestions for improvement. Special focus was given to CHASS Changanacherry, SAFI Irinjalakuda, PSWS Palai, TSSS Trivandrum, PSSS Punalur, ESSS Varapuzha, PSSP Palakkad, and WSE Ernakulam for preparing and publishing their Annual Reports.


Documentation: KSSF published 9th edition of Dhaarin- Consolidated Report of the Interventions of DSSS in Kerala during 2015-17 and the Annual Report of KSSF for 2016-17.

Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying

Consultative Meeting on Micro Project Planning and Documentation: A Consultative Meeting was held on 12th & 13th December 2017 at Ottapalam, Palakkad in order to develop micro plan documents and capacitate the various stakeholders to explore the resources and projects initiated by the Government and Local Self Governments. Fr. George Vettikattil and Mr. Jobie Mathew represented KSSF.

Bharanapariskara Commission Meeting: Sr. Jessina SRA, Program Officer, KSSF presented a Paper on “The Issues of Single Women in Kerala” in the Bharanapariskara Commission Meeting held at Trivandrum on 5th December 2017 and made recommendations for Government interventions.

Exchange/ Exposure Program for the Diocesan Directors: KSSF organized an exchange cum exposure program for the Diocesan Directors of Kerala from 23rd to 26th February 2018. The aim of the program was to visit and study the replicable development models of Caritas Sri Lanka. The team also visited the Tsunami Rehabilitation projects and the refugees of Sri Lankan war victims.  It was an opportunity for mutual understanding and sharing of experiences.


Southern Regional Forum Joint Meeting: Fr. George Vettikattil, Executive Director and Mr. Jobie Mathew, Team Leader, KSSF, participated in the Southern Regional Forum joint meeting organized by CRS and Caritas India on 27th & 28th June, 2018 at TASOSS Trichy and presented the Report and future programs of KSSF.

National Assembly: Fr. George Vettikattil, Executive Director, KSSF attended the National Assembly of Caritas India held at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore from  15-17th October 2018.


KSSF’s Response in Kerala Floods - 2018

KSSF has presented a praiseworthy response in the extraordinary Flood situation that subdued Kerala. Generous and concerted efforts flowed in from different parts of the State, Nation and abroad with the Church institutions in a lead role. The mutual help rendered, and solidarity expressed was exemplary and praiseworthy.


KSSF prepared a Report on flood situation and got it published through UCAN Catholic News. The Forum initiated dialogue with donor agencies including Caritas Network partners and other agencies for mobilizing support to Dioceses. Advocacy was done with CSR companies like HCL, EY, Goonj, Hope Kolkota Foundation, Facebook Network in USA etc. KSSF was part of the joint field visits to flood and disaster affected areas along with Caritas India. KSSF made special efforts to visit relief camps. It has involved in liaising work with 10 Regional Forums in India to get support for the relief efforts of the Kerala Church. KSSF is actively engaging in the Collection, Compilation & Consolidation of Data from 32 DSSS on the extent of damage, relief and rehabilitation plan, panchayath wise intervention strategy etc.


KSSF has been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting and consolidating information on the response of the Kerala Catholic Church to the Kerala Floods and disseminate the same to authorities, public etc through various modes including website, social media and print media. In order to effectively document the response of the Catholic Church in Kerala during Kerala Floods 2018, KSSF has devised a Common project title ‘A Rehabilitative Initiative for Flood Stricken Kerala by the Catholic Church’ referred to as ARISe Kerala – 2018. The program shall encompass the entire humanitarian and project works engaged by Caritas India, the DSSS, Dioceses, pious organizations, religious congregations etc. for Flood Relief, Rehabilitation and Disaster Risk Reduction.


KSSF has been vigorously engaging to mobilize relief materials from different agencies like TASSOS, various Archdiocese and Dioceses outside Kerala, non-affected dioceses, Parishes, Prayer groups in and outside Kerala (including the Gulf), CSR institutions for the benefit of the affected in the various DSSS. KSSF is also offering a helping hand to DSSS for project preparation and documentation.


KSSF under the guidance of Caritas India has initiated four regional clusters such as Wayanad, Idukki, Kottayam & Ernakulam, for effective program planning, sharing of information and resources, program monitoring and especially to ensure the evasion of duplication in program implementation.


Major Programs planned for the Year 2018-19


1. Capacity strengthening of the DSSS Partners

Ø  Follow up training on systematic documentation for Documentation officers of DSSS

Ø  Training of Trainers (TOT) CST  for the DSSS Directors and key staff

Ø  OT for Faith based NGOs on CST and Sustainable Development Goals

2. Action Research on Open well

Ø  Field assessment of well inventory data and interpretation

Ø  Documentation of PAR results and replicated for dissemination

3. Livelihood support for widows in Kerala

Ø  Survey of widows at DSSS level

Ø  Gathering of widows at DSSS level

Ø  Personality Development Program  & Skill trainings for widows at DSSS level

Ø  Support for starting Pollution Free Poultry Farming Units for 200 widows

4. Flood Rehabilitation Programs

Ø  Coordination of the Flood Rehabilitation Program of Caritas India

Ø  Coordination of the Flood Rehabilitation Program of CEI

Ø  Livelihood Support for 450 families from 14 Dioceses

4.  Other Programs


Ø  Advocacy & Lobbying Activities

Ø  Ockhi Rehabilitation Programs of JPD Commission, KCBC

Ø  Award for Best Annual Report

Ø  AGB Meeting of KSSF

Ø  Publication of PAR Results of Well Inventory Analysis

Ø  Publication of Ockhi Rehabilitation Program of KCBC

Ø  Observation of Important Days - Environment, Women’s Day, Farmer’s Day etc