Nava Jagriti Diocesan Laity Formation Centre, Kalunga

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Official name Nava Jagriti Diocesan Laity formation Centre, Kalunga.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Lawrentus Lakra.
Legal holder of the institute Catholic Diocese of Rourkela.
Sponsor of the institute Local and other resources.
Year of foundation 1986
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 11
Staff members of your institute 6
Contact At/P.O. Kalunga

Dt. Sundargargh – 770031

Odisha, India

laurysmailbox@rediffmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Nava Jagriti Diocesan Laity formation Centre, Kalunga.

Director of the institute

Fr. Lawrentus Lakra.

Legal holder of the institute

Catholic Diocese of Rourkela.

Local and other resources.

Vision / mission statement

Integrated human development and spiritual renewal (training and awareness programmes for lay people to make effective leaders in the society and in the Church).

Main areas of work

Spiritual renewal, to promote Biblical apostolate, Catechetical instructions, Liturgical renewal, to foster true and mature faith for the laity of every group to train lay leaders, catechists, teachers, village chiefs, women leaders, to train the youth, in the faith building, career building, skill development and leadership, to promote and motivate children for better Christian and social life, to promote peace and harmony in the Christian family and promotion of inter religious dialogue, to eradicate social evils.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Priests, Religious, parents Teachers, Catechists, youth, children, en and women, engaged couples, alcoholics and elite etc.

Year of foundation

1986.

Organisational structure of the institute

Director, Assistant Director and domestic staff.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

11.

Staff members of your institute[2]

6.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Fr. Laurentus Lakra, B.A., L.L.B.

Fr. Joachim Minj, M.A.

Mr. Pius Bilung, Class X

Misa Lalita Tirkey, Class VII

Miss Sukanti Dungdung, Class X

Mrs. Jema Kullu, Class X

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Catechetic for children, youth, engaged couples, parents, village heads and catechists.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Faith formation for the laity of all categories. Spiritual renewal among laity, Promotion of Biblical apostolate, catechetical instructions and liturgical renewal, foster true and mature faith for the laity of every group.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

The pastoral aims this institute pursues is to train lay leaders, catechists, village leaders, teachers, women leaders, youths in faith building, career building, to eradicate social evils, such as alcoholism, superstition and blind beliefs.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Small Christian Community Building and Training programme, Conduct seminar on various social issues, e.g. Land alienation, Human Rights, displacement, mining, journalism, women trafficking, unemployment, retreat for priests, religious, catechists, marriage preparation course, seminars for high school students, couples for Christ etc. Also we facilitate theirs programme for training programmes and courses are conducted here.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Ecumenical meeting, inter religious dialogue, going out to remote areas to conduct seminars and training programmes, retreat and workshops and jail ministry.

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

Making Jesus and the word of God centre of lives. Promote motivation for better Christian and social life. To promote unity, justice, peace in the Christian life and in the family life.

What notion of God inspires your work?

As in Jn. 14:8 the disciple Philip said Jesus, “Master show us the Father that will be enough for us”. So Jesus tells them that whoever has seen me has seen the Father. The Father and I are one. So we give the experience of God who is so loving and caring, fills us with the power and strength. By sharing His loves and light we are empowered by the spirit of God to transform the society. Here each and every individual is empowered to transform.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

The Christian spirituality shapes my work with greater commitment. First of all it disciplines my life. It also keeps my work activity up-to-date. I am convinced therefore I convince the people about the dogmatic faith.

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?

The process is we train the animators, leaders and the committed workers so that they continue what they have received. Thus it continues as the disciples carried on the ministry of Jesus. So it is one to one, one to group and group to group. This goes on in spite of various difficulties.

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

The institute put into practice with a view to shaping society is: To promote Developing Indian Integral Pastoral Approach, to train leaders, to promote and motivate children and youth, to empower women in the church in the society, to promote peace and justice and harmony in the Christian family, to eradicate social evil. Thus prophetic work continues.

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

The work of our institute involves exactly socio pastoral activities. It involves seminars, courses and training programmes for 2 to 10 days.

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

Some years ago the institute has started publishing news letters on the activities of the institute but now it has stopped. For SCC prayer some manuals/Cards were printed.

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

I consider it to be most important service of the institute: Faith formation, Catechetical programme for the laity of every group, spiritual renewal and motivation and promotion of the leaders of society.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

We have the yearly evaluation of our activities in the regional level. We have the diocesan policy and pastoral plan of our diocese and accordingly we evaluate out work.

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

The most important developments that we are dealing with Community Building, through SCC and DIIPA Prayers which is the result of building parish pastoral council.

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

The main difficulties of our institute are finance. In our diocese people are poor and live in interior areas very far from pastoral centre (about 160 km). To call for training programme it costs a lot. In the same way we are not able to go to the distance parishes to give any training or workshop. So there is no regular training programme or supervision due to lack of finance.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Challenges I perceive at present is lack of finance, no proper infrastructure. This centre was an old hospital built in 1951. It is very difficult to maintain due to lack of fund. To conduct various programmes our faithful need some subsidy since they are not able to pay for their travel, food and lodging expenses. We also lack trained personnel.

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

I hope there should be diocesan pastoral planning which the pastoral centre looks after and guide. Many more seminars, trainings, motivation and empowerment programmes to be conducted. Along with the spiritual renewal there should be an integral development of people. Let the mission, Vision of the Bishop become the same for all the faithful.

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

Our institute supports laypeople in the church in the society cent percent. We are here to take care and serve our lay faithful, to make them better human persons that may have over all development. All the spiritual renewal, training of lay leaders, empowering women and youth, Promoting unity, Peace Justice, Eradication of social evils are for the integral development of our people.

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)?

Today people expect a lot from the pastoral centre that we reach out to many parishes’ specially neighbouring churches and institutions preach retreat, recollections, seminars etc. Where ever it is possible we go.

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

Very often most of the plans are done in the ASIAN level, it comes to Indian Bishops and it is implemented in the regional level and very strongly it is emphasized in the diocesan level and in the parishes.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

The commissions of Indian Bishops specially the catechetical, Laity commission, Peace and Justice Commission, biblical apostolate, Small Christian community, National service team all are very well connected and there is a very good linkage or network.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, Delegate our regions, Diocese and Nations share our faith life with the ASIAN Bishops and they to share it with international Bishops. So there is very good network especially through our project works.

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

As India is multi religious country, we live with the Hindus and Muslims here. We are surrounded by Hindus and Muslim communities. It becomes easier for us to share faith with them. Very often we attend their celebrations e.g. Marriages, prayer meetings and they too come for our programmes.

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

The G.E.L. and Pentecostal are very close to us and they ask our help for their programmes and we have meetings and training programmes here. So there is very good cooperation with non catholic churches.

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

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

I would expect that you assist us by your vast Pastoral knowledge to run our centre by providing documents, books, magazines and some training materials. It would be better for us; we follow some major pattern of guiding syllabus for our faith formation. Above all it would be nice to guide and support us financially or by financial resources. Thus we cope up with others in our pastoral work.




  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.