Annai Vailankanni Arts and Science College, Thanjavur.

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Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Sebastian Periannan

M.A., Ph.D
The Secretary and Correspondent

Profile in brief

Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Sebastian Periannan, M.A. PhD is the current Correspondent and Secretary of the College and was appointed in 2018. He belongs to the diocese of Thanjavur and was ordained a priest on 3rd May, 1984. He did his PhD from the University of the Philippines specializing in development and communication. He has held various academic and ecclesiastical positions and a man of vast experience. He has widely published scholarly articles in reputed journals and presented scientific papers in conferences both in India and abroad.

Educational Credentials:
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Bangalore University, 1979.
  • B.Th. in Theology, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 1984. Bangalore.
  • M.A. in English Literature, Ranchi University, 1986. Jharkhand.
  • M.A. in Sociology, Annamalai University, 1989. Tamil Nadu, India
  • Ph.D. in “Development and communication”, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, 1996- 1998.
Doctoral Dissertation (Title, Place of Publication & year):
  • “Cultural and Spiritual Values of the People and their Implications for Development”, University of Philippines, Los Banos, 1998, Philippines.
Positions held
  • 1984 -1989: Assistant pastor at Vailankanni, Our Lady of Health Shrine Basilica, and Parish Priest in the Diocese of Thanjavur.
  • 1989 - 1996: Director and Broadcaster, Tamil Section, International Broadcasting at Radio Veritas, Manila, Philippines
  • 1999: Professor & Formator St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary and Institute, Bangaore.
  • 2000: Head of the Department of Social Communication at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute.
  • 2000 - 2005: Dean of Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore
  • 2003 – 2009: Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, appointed by the Holy See, Vatican
  • 2001: Visiting faculty member, examiner, and evaluator for communication and Research Methodology in United Theological College, Bangalore.
  • 2008: Formulated the communication curriculum for Mysore University
  • 2000: Guest lecturer for Social Research Methodology in Madras University, Chennai
  • 2010-2011: Year of Sabbatical Santa Monica Parish, Loyola University Los Angles, USA.
  • 2014-2015: Parochial Administrator
  • 2016-2017: Vicar Forane, Cathedral Parish Priest
  • 2018 - : Secretary/Correspondent, Annai Vailankanni Arts and Science College, Thanjavur
Articles Published:
  • "Communication for Evangelization, Dialogue and Development”, Indian Theological Studies, Vol. 36, 2 (June 1999).
  • "Eucharist in the Cyber Space and Cyber Age”, Indian Theological Studies, Vol.37, 2 (June 2000).
  • "Social Communication Formation in Priestly Ministry and Mission”, Indian Theological Studies, Vol. 38, 3-4 (Sept. Dec. 2001).
  • "A Vocation Perspective of Social Communication for Missionary Formation”, Asian Journal of Vocation and Formation, Vol.27, 1 (Jan – June 2003).
  • "Communication Formation of Church Personnel for Serving in the Information Age”, Third Millennium – Indian Journal of Evangelization, Vol. 6, 4 (Oct. Dec. 2003).
  • "An Effective Communication – A Need of the Hour”, Asian Journal of Vocation and Formation, vol. 28, 1 (Jan – June 2004).
  • "Communication Dimensions of Inter-Religious Dialogue – A Research report”. Indian Theological Studies, Bangalore Vol.XLII, No.1, March. 2005.
  • "Social Communication in Christianity” published in Social Communication in Religious Traditions of Asia, FABC-OSC Books Volume 7, Logos Publications, Inc, Manila 2006.
  • “Communication for Peace and life” published in the Journal for Christian Ministry, UTC, Bangalore, Vol, 31, No 1, January 2006.
  • "Modern Methods of Communication for an Effective Education” published the Journal Dharma, Bangalore April-June 2006, Vol.31, No. 2.
  • "Approaches to Priestly Formation” published in the Journal “Vaiharai”, Trichy, India, Jan – June 2007, Vol. 12, No. 1, pgs. 57-67.
  • "Spirituality of Communication in the context of ‘Communalism, Consumerism and Terrorism’” published in the Book “Communicatio Socialis” edited by Helmuth Rolfes & Angela Ann Zukowski, Kassel: Kassel University Press, Germany, 2007, pgs. 91-105.
  • "Eucharist in the new Media Age”, published in the Journal “Indian Theological Studies”, March 2008, Vol. XLV, No. 1, pgs. 59-80 also published in FABC Papers, No. 124, Hongkong, pgs. 2-26.
  • “Role of Communication Ethics” article written for the book publication in honour of Rev. Dr. Felix Podimattam OFM, Cap. February 2010.
  • “Priest as a communicator after the model of Jesus the communicator” article published Indian Theological Studies, vol. XLVI, September 2009, No.3, Pp-53-74
  • “Anti-Corruption as a Challenge from the Communication Perspectives of Religion and Media” article published in the Religion and Social Communication journal of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication, St. John’s University, Thailand, Vol.10 No.1 2012.
  • Attended and Presented a paper on “Dimensions of Religion and Social Communication in Asia” during the International Conference on “Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, and Practices” organised by the International Association for Media, Communication, and Research held at Hyderabad from July 15 to 19, 2014.
  • “New Media and Theological Education: A Methodological concerns,” article written for the book publication of Clark Theological College, Nagaland, India, August 2014.
Scientific Papers Presented:
  • "Communication for Priestly Formation”, FABC-Office of Social Communication, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000.
  • "E-generation, the Concern of the Church in Asia”, FABC – Office of Social Communication, Pattaya, Thailand, 2002.
  • "Internet and Youth – a Pastoral Response”, National Communication Seminar by Korean Bishops Conference Office of Social Communication, May 4-7, 2003.
  • "Spirituality for Journalists”, Korean National Catholic Journalists, Seoul, Korea, May 5-9, 2003.
  • "Communication Theology for Formation and Mission”, All India Major Seminary Professors Meeting, Ruhalaya Seminary, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh ,India on January 2-5, 2003.
  • "Communication Theology in Theological Education”, Ecumenical Consultation Organized by UTC, Bangalore, August 22, 2003.
  • "Methodological Issues in Analyzing the Perception of Religious Minorities in the Media”, South Asian Consultation organized by World Association for Christian Communication, Kathmandu, Nepal, April 14-17, 2004.
  • "Communication Dimensions of (Inter-Religious Dialogue”, FABC Meeting of Bishops on Social Communication, Bali, Indonesia, November 2004.
  • "Communicating for Peace and Life:, Triennnial Assembly of Asia-Region World Association for Christian Communication, Seoul, Korea, April 19-23, 2005.
  • "Social Communication in Christianity” FABC-OSC Round Table Conference held in Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, October 2005.
  • "Audience Research” FABC and Radio Veritas Asia consultation on coordination and programming on January 29 to 31, 2007 at Okhla New Delhi.
  • "Eucharist in the New Media Age” presented during the “Eucharist as Communication” 12th Annual FABC-OSC Bishop’s Meet, FABC Office of Social Communication during the meeting held at Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 26th – Dec. 1st 2007.
  • "Pastoral Concerns in Southern India” and “Specificities of Priestly Training in India” – two papers presented through a power point presentation at the University of Leuven, (Belgium) Department of Theology and Psychology on April 28th 2008.
  • "Social Communication in Asia: an Academic challenges and formation needs” presented during the 13th Annual FABC Bishop’s meet Office of Social Communication, HUA Hin, Thailand, November, 2008
  • "Role of Radio broadcasting in India: possibilities and challenges” presented during Symposium of Ruby celebration (the 40th anniversary of) Radio Veritas Asia, Manila, Philippines, April 15-16, 2009.
  • "Social Communication in higher Theological Institutes and Seminaries” during the FABC –OSC (BICOM VII) on Social communication in Catholic Universities of Asia: Facts, experiences, challenges, Assumption University Bangkok, May 11-16, 2009
  • “Communication dynamics of Religious traditions of Asia” at FABC- Office Social communication, Roundtable conference being held at St. John’s University Bangkok, Thailand from February 8-11, 2010.
  • Paper presented during the national seminar on “Religion, Ethics and media” at the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, India on 10th March, 2010.
  • Paper presented during the Korean national Catholic Communication seminar on, “Pastoral Ministry through Digital Media” at Seoul, Korea in April, 2010.
  • “East or West Spirituality is the best”, paper presented in the Religious Conference held at St. Monica, Santa Monica USA, January, 2011.
  • “Communicating Catholic Faith”, paper presented at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA March 10, 2011.
  • “Communicating Climate Justice” paper submitted for the World Association for Christian communication (WACC-ASIA) Triennial Assembly of Asia, Bali Indonesia, May 15- 18, 2011.
  • “Anti-Corruption as a challenge from the communication perspectives of Religion and Media” paper presented at the 4th Roundtable conference at Asian Research Centre for Religion and Social Communication, St. John’s University, Bangkok, Thailand, October 17 to 21, 2011.
  • “Corruption: Christian Response” paper presented during the BITS (Bangalore Inter Theologate Seminar) faculty seminar at Ecumenical Christian centre at Whitefeild, Bangalore on February 18, 2012.
  • “Governance and Spiritual Mission” paper presented during the National Consultation on Corruption and Spirituality: Discourse in India in a Globalized World, jointly organised by Indian School of Ecumenical Theology- ECC and Association of Christian Institute of Social Concern of Asia, Whitefield, Bangalore, Aug 27-29, 2012.
  • “Social Networking Patterns of Use and Its impacts on Asian Youth: Pastoral Implication” paper presented during the (BISCOM VIII), FABC-Office of Social Communication Symposium on Social Networking for Pastoral Ministry, held at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, on September 3 to 8, 2012.
  • “Unfolding the Religious Communication System: A Methodological Approach” paper presented in the International Round-table conference on Religion and Communication held at Mudra Communication Institute, Ahmadabad, on October 15 to 18, 2012.
  • “Peace Building and Conflict Transformation as Christian Response” paper presented during the National Consultation for Church Leaders Organised by National Council of Churches, held at ECC, Whitefield, Bangalore, on December 3 to 4, 2012.
  • “Pastoral, Spiritual, and Moral Call and Challenges for Mission Today” paper presented during the National Seminar on Christian Mission and Challenges, held at Union Bible Seminary, Bibevadi, Pune, on January 16 to 18, 2012.
  • “Research in Social Studies and Communication” paper presented during the consultation on Research in Church in Asia, held at JFCC, Manila, Philippines from June 7 to10, 2014.
  • “Communicative forms, goals and interactions leading to communication transformation:
  • a theoretical exploration" Round Table Conference, Asian Research centre- Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 20-23,
Books Published:
  • Social Research Methodology – an Introduction, University of Madras, 2003. 2nd edition, 2010.
  • This is a Text Book reference for the Students of Madras University (second edition Published 2012)
  • “Missionary Communication” book edited by Sebastian Periannan (Editor) published by Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore in May, 2012
Creative Activities:
  • Vice-President (2003-2005) President, (2005-2008) ARMS (CCBI) Association of Major Seminary Rectors of India.
  • Asian co-ordinator and South Asian Secretary for Contextual theology in Theological Curricula.
  • Member in WACC World Association for Christian Communication, London.
  • Consultant for FABC Office of Social Communication, Manila.
  • Board of Trustee for Asian Research in Religion & Communication at St. John’s University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Was a member of the Board of Christian Studies at Madras University, India
  • Assistant Director, ARC, St. John’s University, Bangkok, Thailand.