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Bp. Joseph Karikkassery

Bp. Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath
Vice Chairman

Bp. Joshua Mar Ignathios
Vice Chairman

Mrs. Jane Ancil Francis

Dr. Giby Geevarughese
Joint Secretary

Rev. Sr. Selma Mary FIH
Joint Secretary

Rev. Fr. Wilson Koonan

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KCBC women’s commission was formed with an aim to inspire, animate and create awareness among all women for their empowerment and growth by giving emphasis on spirituality and women’s life experiences. Ever since its inception during 2000 the commission has been working for the empowerment and spiritual growth of women in the church.

KCBC Women’s commission has been organizing and coordinating its activities through the combined effort of diocesan secretaries, directors and with the valuable guidance and support from the Chairmen Bishops. His Lordship Bishop Mar Paul Chittilapilly was the First Chairman of the Commission. At present His Lordship Bishop Mar Mathew Anikkuzhikkattil is the Commission Chairman and His Lordship Major Abp.Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholics and Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Varghese Chakkalakal are the Vice-chairmen of the Commission. Ms.Beena Sebastian is the Executive Secretary of the Commission.

Women’s Commission provides a platform for women to get together to share their joy and to interact and deliberate on issues and problems concerning them. This has also provides opportunity to find out innovative ways and means for a positive change. Above all the gathering helps women to get inspiration to make a change within and to grow spiritually emotionally and socially. The women’s Commission encourage women to form solidarity and support with groups like Domestic workers, widows, divorced and separated women, single women, battered wives, wives of alcoholics, teenage groups etc. Women’s Commission by its timely support empowers women through various publications and programs to address their issues collectively.



This is a short report of the important events and activities that were implemented by the KCBC women’s  commission, for the year 2017 December to 2018 November. 
KCBC women’s commission inspires, animate and create awareness in the diocesan women groups to organize and conduct women empowerment programs. Some dioceses have already been introducing very progressive activities and others are concentrating on the conventional activities.

Chairman: Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery 
Vice Chairman: Mar Joshua Ignathios
Vice Chairman: Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath
Secretary: Smt. Delcy Luckachan


Two general body meetings, five executive meetings and a two-day leaders training program were conducted at P.O.C Palarivattom.

International Women’s Day-March 8
Gender policy was the theme of the day. It was conducted in NESTT, Muvattupuzha. A very informative class of 1 hour was taken by Fr. Sebastian Thazhathuveetil on the topic.

Girl Child Day-September 8
Spirituality of mother Mary was the topic of the day. It was celebrated in most of the churches. Classes and discussions were held.

POCSO awareness classes were conducted in various dioceses. 

Anti-Violence Day-November 25
Seminars on domestic violence, challenges and solutions were held in many dioceses on this day. In these seminars, discussions were made on the same.

Other Programs
1. Protested against National Women’s Commission chairperson, Rekha Sharma’s call for ban of the holy sacrament of confession
2. Visited Khandamal, Orissa to provide support for the improvement in living standard of the victims of anti-Christian persecution that took place in the year 2007 and 2008
3. Attended CBCI leadership training camp that was conducted in pastoral center, Palai
4. Provided financial assistance to the people affected by Okhi cyclone and flood in kerala.
5. CBCI National Women’s Commission meeting was held in Goa from 28 September to 1 October. The theme of the meeting was “Accompanying the young minds in transversing the world of ideologies”. It was attended by the four office bearers from Kerala. The regional secretary, Smt. Delcy Luckachan presented the annual report for the kerala region.

For the smooth functioning of the commission, Kerala region has been divided into five zones as
shown below, based on the geographical position
1 Ernakulam - 7 dioceses
2 Kottayam - 7 dioceses
3 Malabar - 6 dioceses
4 Thrissur - 5 dioceses
5 Thiruvananthapuram - 6 dioceses

Ernakulam zonal meeting was held in Alpha Pastoral Centre, Kochi. It was inaugurated by the chairperson, Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery. Adv. Sr. Moly took class on sexual harassment and actively interacted with the participants.
Malabar zonal meeting was held in Pastoral Centre, Thamarassery. It was inaugurated by Msgr. Thomas Panakkal. Lida Jacob, IAS was the speaker for the day. Women empowerment was the main topic of discussion 
Other Details

Mission Station Visit
A group of twelve members under the leadership of women’s commission spiritual director, Fr. Wilson Elavathinkal Koonan visited Kandhamal, Orissa. The visit was for a period of 4 days from 26th to 30th June, 2018. Thousands affected by the antichrist persecution that took place in Kandhamal during 2007-2008, were found to be still in dire need of help and support, for the improvement of their living standards. The KCBC donated Rs.1 Lakh towards the construction of a community hall. This community hall will serve as a location for the people to assemble and to do activities such as tailoring, tuitions, etc as a group. Fr. Madan Sual Singh, director of Jana Vikas guided and helped us throughout our stay in Kandhamal. The visit to Kandhamal proved as a faith deepening experience for all the members of the team.

Ockhi cyclone 
The Ockhi cyclone that took place in Trivandrum, Kerala resulted in mass destruction and thousands of people were rendered homeless. The Trivandrum region of KCBC provided financial support for the affected. Under the leadership of Mrs. Rosakutty Abraham, CBCI core committee member, a group of women visited the distressed areas and provided them with support for the improvement in their living conditions.

Protest against call for ban of confession
National Women’s Commission chairperson, Mrs.Rekha Sharma’s call for ban of the holy sacrament of confession was protested by KCBC women’s Commission. Most of the dioceses showed their support for the commission’s protest, by holding rallies and dharnas in public places. 

Kerala Flood Assistance
Heavy disastrous flood took place in Kerala in August, 2018. It has left thousands homeless and without any means of livelihood. All the people have united to corporate and help each other to meet the challenge of building up the state. On the request of KCBC Women’s commission, the women’s associations in all the dioceses participated whole heartedly in the flood relief activities and rendered their maximum support to all the flood victims. The executives of the KCBC Women’s commission have decided to visit the flood affected areas in the near future.

Future Plans
To take follow up action of last years.
Approach higher authorities for more support.
Extension of areas for the implementation of gender policy in Panchayath, Mathruvedhi, Youth level, etc.
To give more counseling classes to the leaders.

We express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our beloved chairman, Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikassery and spiritual director, Fr Wilson Eluvathingal Koonan, for their whole hearted support. We also extend our gratitude to the diocesian bishops, directors, secretaries and office bearers of the diocese, for their whole hearted support and prayers for the smooth functioning of the council. We with much joy and happiness, submit our report with the promise that we will strive hard to enrich the lives of the Catholic women, with the help of Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council and by keeping mother Mary as our guiding star.

Smt. Delcy Luckachan
Secretary, KCBC Women’s Commission