Ishvani Kendra

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Official name Ishvani Kendra.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Joy Thomas SVD
Legal holder of the institute Society of the Divine Word (SVD)
Sponsor of the institute SVD
Year of foundation 26th May 1976
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 5
Staff members of your institute Fr. Joy Thomas SVD (Director), Fr. Ronald D’Silva SVD (Ast. Director), Fr. Caetano Mascarenhas SVD (Administrator), Fr. Victor Sagayam Z. SVD (Programme Coordinator) & Fr. Donald D’Souza SVD (Communications).
Contact Post Box 3003

Pune – 411 014


Fax: (+91) (020) 27032375


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Ishvani Kendra.

Director of the institute

Fr. Joy Thomas SVD.

Legal holder of the institute

Society of the Divine Word (SVD).


Vision / mission statement

To animate persons in the light of the Word of God and translate the Word into meaningful propositions and viable models of action in the contemporary world.

Main areas of work

The Institute organises short-term courses/seminars/workshops on various themes, but the main focus will be on mission.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Laypeople, priests and religious, who come from India and the neighbouring countries.

Year of foundation

26th May 1976.

Organisational structure of the institute

Communication Department, Library and Documentation, Publications and Research. The facilities at the centre include rooms for residence, lecture hall, conference hall, chapel and library.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)


Staff members of your institute[2]

Fr. Joy Thomas SVD (Director), Fr. Ronald D’Silva SVD (Ast. Director), Fr. Caetano Mascarenhas SVD (Administrator), Fr. Victor Sagayam Z. SVD (Programme Coordinator) & Fr. Donald D’Souza SVD (Communications).

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

All have specialised in the area of their work, with graduate, post-graduate and doctoral studies.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

To echo the Voices of God: to function as a hub of radical new thinking and action.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Providing inspiration, coordination and assistance in the work of evangelisation of the Church in India as well as Asia.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To be effective as a centre of mission animation meeting the challenges to the Church and the World.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Renewal Courses.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Overseas Mission Orientation and Leadership for Pastoral Management.

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

Better prepared for their task ahead.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God as Father and Mother.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

As Mother Teresa said: “We are called to be faithful not successful.” So commitment to Christ shape our work.

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?

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

Four-fold Prophetic Dialogue: “In dialogue with faith seekers there is the fruit of welcome, witness and discipleship; with the poor and marginalized there are the fruits of solidarity and empowerment; with people of different cultures there are the fruits of inculturation and promotion of life-giving values; and with people of different religious traditions there are the fruits religious tolerance, respect and inter-religious collaboration."

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

In Solidarity with people of other religions and ideologies we conduct National Colloquiums, Workshops for different groups, Memorial Lectures and Essay competition on current themes.

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

Publish Mission Scan and Documentation and Mission Digest.

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

Renewal courses for Missionaries and Training for Overseas Mission.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Very relevant and responding to the needs of the hour.

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

Responding to communalism and violence in solidarity.

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

Receiving funds and visa for personnel from other countries.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

To motivate youngsters with commitment.

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

United effort to adequately to the recent instances of violence, terrorism and fundamentalism that threaten the very fabric of Indian unity, diversity, pluralism and democracy.

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

We have regular Laity Formation Courses to illumine their role and to affirm their responsibility in the life of the Church and society.

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)?

Regularly sending annual reports and through our publications.

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

We work hand in hand with both CBCI (Catholic Bishop Conference of India) and CRI (Conference of Religious India).

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Email and Website

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Email and Website

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

Organise Solidarity Movements at National and State level to respond to violence and communalism, and initiating inter-religious collaboration (Sarva Dharma Semmelans).

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

Ishvani Kendra is the Secretariat of the ecumenical association called, “Fellowship of Missiologists”.

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

FOIM (Fellowship of Indian Missiologists), IAMS (International Association of Mission Studies), ITA (Indian Theological Association) and IACM (International Association of Catholic Missiologists).

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

Providing funds and encouraging ecumenical fellowship.

  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.