Rev.Thomas Manninezhath 2016 Know your Pastor

Rev.Dr.Thomas Manninezhath, CMI

Date of Birth: 2 November, 1949 in Certhala, Kerala, India.

Member of the Religious Congregation Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI)                                           

 First Profession: June 1969.

Final Profession: July 1972.

Ordination: 27 December 1977.


B. A. from Bangalore University, India

B.Th (Bachelor of Theology) from DVK Bangalore, India

M.Th (Master of Theology) from DVK, Bangalore

Ph.D from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario


Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Faculty of Philosophy Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, IndiaPope Fr.T 1

Vidya Deep (CRI) , Bangalore, India

Jeevanjyoti, Hydrabad, India

St. Charles Lwanga National Seminary, Namibia (South West Africa)

Subjects Taught:

Philosophy: Indian Philosophy / Western Philosophy / Theology of Religions/

Indian Christian Spirituality/ World Religions/Grace in Christianity and Hinduism etc.

Theology: Christology, Theology of the Church, Mariology, Missiology, Theology of Religions,

Theological Anthropology.


Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, at DVK (1991 - 1997)

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dharma, an International Quarterly of World Religions,

published by Centre for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), Dharmaram College,(1990 - 1997)

Section Editor, Jeevadhara, A Journal of Christian Interpretation, published from Kottayam, Kerala. (1991 - 1998)

Director, Centre for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), DVK, Bangalore.(1990 - 1992)

Treasurer, Association of Christian Philosophers of India (1994 - 1997)

Director, Post-Graduate Centre, DVK Bangalore (1993-`95)

Rector, St. Charles Lwanga National Seminary, Namibia (South West Africa - 1998 – 2008

Secretary General - Namibian Catholic Bishops’ Conference:  (2010 – March 2016)


Parish assistant, St. Patrick’s Church, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1981-84)

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Parish assistant, St. John the Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1985- 86)

Associate Pastor, Sacred Hear t Church, Hamilton, Canada (1987-89)

Pastor, St. Peter Claver Parish, Okahandja, Namibia (South West Africa) 2012- 16)

Pastor, St.Anthony of Padua, Kincardine, ON, Canada (2016 - 

Hospital Chaplain, Henderson Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario (1987-1989) and St. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore, India (1990 - 1997)

Chaplain, Sisters of the Holy Spirit (Pavitra Nivas), Bangalore, India (1992 – 1997)

Spiritual Director for Seminarians

Preached retreats for various groups

Director: Ongoing Formation for Parish Priests, Namibia (2011 - 2016)


with Pope JP

Association of Christian Philosophers of India

Canadian Society for the Study of Religion


Harmony of Religions:Book:

Vedanta Siddhanta Samarasam of Tayumanavar. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1993

Articles published in a number of Journals.