A new Syro-Malabar Diocese has been erected by Holy Father Pope Francis in Shamshabad, at Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State, on 10th October 2017. Most Rev. Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil has been appointed as the first Bishop of the Diocese from 7th January 2018. The members of the Syro-Malabar DioceseShamshabad are spread across India, covering 24 states, 2 union territories and 2 Islands of India, making it as the biggest Diocese in India. The Shamshabad diocese has envisioned serving the humanity with a two fold approach.
1). Through the pastoral care of the Catholics 2). The empowerment of the community through development interventions.
In this context, a non-profit, and a non-governmental organisation has been formed by the Syro-Malabar Diocese- Shamshabad and registered as a TRUST in the name “Prem Marg Charitable Trust” to take forward the second approach of the diocese. The newly registered non-governmental organisation would be popularly known as ‘PREM MARG-Shamshabad’ in short. The organisation is committed to the socio economic empowerment of the people who are marginalised, socially and economically deprived in its operational area across India. The name of the Trust suggests that Prem or love shall be the emphasising mark of all our activities. We should do everything out of love and with lots of love. The dearest apostle of Jesus, St. John who knew well that his master was God himself, presented God as LOVE. In the Christian understanding God Is Love and Jesus is the true way or marg. For the Eparchy of Shamshabad, the diagram or the road map for the charitable and social activities is condensed into Love which is vertical and horizontal. Because Jesus summarised the ten commandments into two: love for God and love for others. And the Apostle Paul reminded that the Christians should be known by their love. The best way of our Christian witness in the vast territory of the Eparchy of Shamshabad is by our love, which shall be genuine and pure as Jesus showed it on the Cross.