Divya Jyoti Pastoral Centre, Kanjamendi

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Official name Divja Jyoti Pastoral Centre, Kanjamendi, K. Nuagam.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Rev. Fr. Prasan Kumar Pradhan.
Legal holder of the institute The Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation (RCDC), Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA.
Sponsor of the institute missio.
Year of foundation 1994.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 8
Staff members of your institute Director, co-director and six domestic staff.
Contact P.O. Kanjamendi, K. Nuagam

Dt. Kandhamal 762102

Odisha

India


pkpradhanh@rediffmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Divja Jyoti Pastoral Centre, Kanjamendi, K. Nuagam.

Director of the institute

Rev. Fr. Prasan Kumar Pradhan.

Legal holder of the institute

The Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation (RCDC), Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA.

missio.

Vision / mission statement

Lighting the flame of love and life.

Main areas of work

Training for catechists, youth, parents, children, inter-religious dialogue, ecumenism, on-going training for priests and religious and laity.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Year of foundation

2001.

Organisational structure of the institute

It is a diocesan pastoral centre, run under the archdiocese having director, co-director and six domestic staff.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

Eight.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Director, co-director and six domestic staff.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Both the director and co-director have done doctorate in Rome.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Training for catechists, on-going training for priests and religious, bcc for laity, career and spiritual guidance for youth, holy childhood, inter-religious dialogue.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Evangelization through catechism by catechists and laity. Updating theology for the priests and religious.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Catechetical Training, liturgical training, doctrinal training, social awareness training, women empowerment.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Strengthening the genuine faith of Catholics and opening the door of faith to all in order to attract other believes towards Christ.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Recently we had trained catechists, youth convention for career guidance and spiritual well-being, Marriage preparation course, women empowerment, seminar on good governance, on-going training for priests.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Through catechism faith is deepened, liturgy has become more active and alive and meaningful and devotional.

What notion of God inspires your work?

Teaching, mercy and compassionate notion of God inspires us.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Christ becomes the centre of our life through our faith, obedience, prayer, contemplation, meditation and good social life.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

To analyse reality we use mainly three elements: society, religion and economy. These three elements are interlinked and leads towards pastoral perfection. They are passed through See-Judge-Act process.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

Witnessing the values of Christ through faith, courage and wisdom.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Catechetical Training, BCC, Renewal courses for priest and religious, Women Empowerment, Legal Aid, Youth Animation, Vocation Camps.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Some Odia catholic religious books are published.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Catechetical Training, On-going formation for priests and religious, Legal Aid.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Though it is twelve years old, it has gone through many ups and downs because of Hindu fundamentalists in our imparting catholic faith. Slowly now it is picking up again its training programmes.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

At present we are continuing catechetical trainings, on-going training for priests and religious, BCC programmes, Women empowerment, Human Rights programmes, pastoral renewal course for laity as well as priests and religious.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Opposition from Hindu fundamentalists, casteism, party politics from civil society, poverty and illiteracy.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Scarcity of financial resources, terror from Hindu fundamentalism, justice delayed from the government towards Christians.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We want to live a real Christian life in spite of persecution and discriminations – lighting the flame of love and life.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Basically it trains laity for their faith formation and provides awareness for their civil life.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

Through action plan and reports of the training programmes, through media and diocesan news bulletins.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

Mainly through the diocesan bishop almost all the activities of the pastoral centre are run.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Very little.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

So far very little.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

Effort is done but lot of opposition is played through party politics of civil society.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

After the Kandhamal riots of 2007-8 we are somewhat reunited.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

With Roman Catholic Church.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

Through internet constant information in English language and through compassionate gesture to our people in their needs.


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.