The Pastoral Course for the deacons and new priests of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church started on 29 October 2017, Sunday, at 7.00 pm, with evening prayer at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Catholicate Centre, Pattom, Trivandrum. The course was inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios, the bishop of the Eparchy of Puttur. Most Rev. Dr. Yoohanon Mar Theodosius, the Bishop of the Curia, gave an introduction to the Pastoral Course. 50 Deacons from various Eparchies and Bethany Ashram are participating in the course. The course will end on 4 November 2017.