St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute


St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute
Other name
MottoIndia's advanced teaching and learning centre for Syriac language and heritage
TypeResearch Institute
Parent institution
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
PresidentThomas Mar Koorilos, Archbishop of Tiruvalla.
DirectorDr. Jacob Thekeparampil., Kottayam.
Baker Hill, Kottayam
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LanguageSyriac, English, French, German, Italian, Armenian, Greek, Coptic, Ge’ez, Latin
AffiliationsMahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) is a centre for Syriac studies located in Kottayam, Kerala. It is a research centre of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam,[1]


Named after the Orthodox saint, Ephrem the Syrian, SEERI was inaugurated on 14 September 1985 by Marthoma Mathews I, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.[2] It works in collaboration with various churches that share the Syriac patrimony to foster ecumenism and deepen the mutual understanding of these churches in the study and search of their common heritage.[2][3] It is sponsored and supported by the Archeparchy of Tiruvalla of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

SEERI was developed to be a place for the advanced teaching and learning of the Syriac language and heritage in India, as well as making available manuscripts, documents, and source books necessary for such study and research.[2]


SEERI is a research center of the Mahatma Gandhi and affiliated with the Catholic University of America[4]


Presidents and Director

President is Thomas Mar Koorilos, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla[5]

Director is Jacob Thekkeparambil[5]

Notable faculty

Rev. Dr. Baby Varghese

Rev. Dr. Jacob Thekeparampil (Director)

Rev. Fr. John Kannanthanam

Rev. Dr. Johns Abraham Konat

Dr. Kuriakose Valavanolickal

Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Moolayil Corepiscopa

Rev. Fr. Mathew Kuttiani

Rev. Fr. Raju Parakkott (Asst. Director)

Rev. Dr. Sebastian Naduthadom

Rev. Dr. Stephen Plathottathil OIC

Rev. Dr. Thomas Koonammakkal (Dean of Studies)

Rev. Fr. Varghese Varghese, Kaloor


The HARP: (English Periodical) A review of Syriac, Ecumenical and Oriental Studies. Contains articles of renowned writers from all over the world.

MŌRĀN ETH'Ō:(Monograph - occasional English Publication).

S.C.C: (SEERI Correspondence Course in English on Syrian Christian heritage. Complete set includes 12 books. The course is to be completed in two years. 9 books have already been published).

Blue Series: German translations of Syriac Liturgical text.

Madrōsō: (Malayalam)

Nuhro:  (Malayalam)

AWSĀR SLAWŌT’O (Translations from Syriac to English)[1]


  1. ^ a b Panicker, Rev Dr Gheevarghese; SEERI. "India's SEERI Center for Syriac Studies". CNEWA. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "WELCOME TO SEERI.ORG". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  3. ^ Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen-. "St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute, Kottayam - Georg-August-Universität Göttingen". (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ University, Catholic. "Outreach". The Catholic University of America. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b "WELCOME TO SEERI.ORG". Retrieved 17 September 2020.

External links

  • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
  • SEERI homepage