The Clerics Regular Minor founded by three Italian priests: St. Francis Caracciolo, Venerable Augustine Adorno and Fr. Fabrizio Caracciolo 1588, is an Order of Roman Catholic priests and brothers. Our mission is the spiritual renewal of the Church, specifically, of the priests and the religious. The special charism of our Order is the Eucharist centered pastoral work. The Clerics Regular Minor (CRM) is commonly known as “Adorno Fathers,” in commemoration of Augustine Adorno who first conceived the idea of this Order.
Adorno Fathers came to India in 1993, with the vision of fostering religious vocations from the land of religions and spirituality. Rev. Fr. Mario Salon CRM was the Superior General, who initiated and realized this mission with the consent of the General Council. It was, however, through the hands of Rev. Fr. John Paul CRM that this mission grew up and got flourished. The Order opened the first formation house at Mallikassery (Kerala, India) on the 3rd of June 1993. The house is known as “Adorno Ashram,” where the future Adorno priests receive proper religious and priestly formation.
The seminary intends to impart preliminary religious and priestly formation to the youth who aspire to follow the footsteps of our founders. Its purpose is the integral formation of the candidates for their holistic development in Christ as a complete human being: spiritually, emotionally, socially and intellectually.
In 1993, the first Rector of the seminary was Very Rev. Fr. John Paul Gasparini CRM, who served the candidates with tremendous dedication and commitment for seventeen years. After him, the mission was under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Thomas Barbona CRM – delegate of the Superior General – followed by Rev. Fr. Robin Mampallithadathil CRM. At present, Rev. Fr. Shinto Kanjirappallil CRM is the Superior and he is supported by Rev. Fr. Aneesh Koovalloor CRM, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kadalikkattil CRM and Rev. Fr. Jacob Ettuparayil CRM.