Pallottine Animation Center (PAC)

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Official name Pallottine Animation Centre (PAC)
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. James Joseph SAC
Legal holder of the institute Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, India.
Sponsor of the institute MISSIO is our part-sponsor in several projects.
Year of foundation 1991
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 13
Staff members of your institute 3 residential priests, 1 fulltime lay animator, employed, 1 office secretary, 7 domestic staff member, 1 security person.
Contact Pallottine Animation Center, Post Box No. 18, Pallotti Nagar, Mankapur Gorewada, Ring Road, Nagpur – 440013, State – Maharashtra, India

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www.pacnag.in


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Pallottine Animation Centre (PAC).

Director of the institute

Fr. James Joseph SAC.

Legal holder of the institute

Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, India.

MISSIO is our part-sponsor in several projects.

Vision / mission statement

PAC Vision: Revive faith and renew love in the hearts of all in order to inspire and instill in them a personal conviction to build up a harmonious society.

PAC Mission: Build up Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC) cells all over the country as a means to gather all the sections of the People of God for their own renewal and deeper commitment.

Promote BECs/SCCs since it is “the New Way of Being Church”.

Promote leadership which ensures active participation of all and coordination of apostolic activities for better result.

Help every Indian to understand his/her own faith as a means to promote human harmony and build a just society in our motherland.

Prepare suitable training programmes, net work with people of similar mind and become a repository of information and action programmes.

Main areas of work

Building up of UAC (Union of Catholic Apostolate) cells – which are small groups of the faithful of any background coming together to revive faith and renew love to serve the local church. The following statement from our founder St. Vincent Pallotti makes it clear: “Whether young or old, healthy or sick, alone or in community, in any position of life given to them by God, all can participate fully in the apostolic mission of Jesus Christ by any means whatever.”

Building up of Small Christian communities.

Formation and empowerment of Lay Leadership.

Renewal Programmes for clergy and religious.

Building up participatory leadership for the Church in third millennium.

Ongoing Formation of clergy.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Clergy, religious and laity from local, regional, national and international level.

We have a huge net-work of trainers and training programmes. Our way of doing animation is not only centralized (here at the Centre) but also localized (in dioceses, countries). Wherever we go, we build up teams and we are in touch with them as they work to build up animation teams and animation process. We have a huge net-work of animators all over and we are able to provide animators for dioceses and countries as they wish.

We work with the CBCI (Catholic Bishops’ Conference in India) and assist the SCC work in India with the NST (National Service Team) for SCCs, the Episcopal body to animate SCCs in India. I am the Secretary to NST for SCCs.

We work with ART (AsiPA Resource Team) of the FABC (Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences) Office Laity, which is responsible for animation of SCCs in Asia.

We assist SCC animation in Germany and Switzerland and support the summer school for SCCs set up in Hildesheim by local leadership with our assistance. I have been doing workshops in Germany for SCCs every year since 2000.

I have initiated SCCs in one parish in St. Louis, USA and keep monitoring it.

Year of foundation

1991.

Organisational structure of the institute

PAC is managed and run by the major Superiors Forum of Pallottine Fathers and Brothers in India. Presently the two Provincials and one Regional Superior make up for this forum and meet with us annually. We solicit the support of the Pallottine Sisters in this venture.

We have a huge net-work of animators in various fields of ministry, both for SCCs and for UAC groups.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

13.

Staff members of your institute[2]

At the moment we are 3 residential priests, 1 fulltime lay animator, employed, 1 office secretary, 7 domestic staff member, 1 security person.

Besides, we have a large number of qualified bishops, priests, sisters and laity available to facilitate workshops on SCCs from all over the country. Workshops go on in different parts of the country and if they need team members, we arrange it according to the need.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Fr. James Joseph, new Director, BA, M.Th (final stage – Detroit, USA), Fr. Thomas Vijay, M.A. Sociology, MTS (Washington USA), D Min student (CUA, USA), 20 years of experience nationally/internationally conducting workshops and seminars on SCCs and UAC, retreat preacher, authored several articles and small books, training modules, Fr. Sebastian Tekkeyil, Bursar, MA (English Literature), Mr. Joseph D’Souza, BA (Law), B.Th. MA (English Literature), 12 years of experience in conducting SCC workshops nationally and locally.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

We are obliged to work to renew the Church from any angle or for any group. Our charism demands that sort of availability. This gives people power to decide

renewal they desire. We work for SCCs from this angle and since we are known all over the country and also in some parts of the world, we need to keep providing training and skills for accompaniment of communities.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Renewal, building SCCs, building UAC groups, animation and empowerment skills, building lay leadership.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

We aim at renewing the church and leadership which will facilitate it.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Formation for SCCs, formation of UAC groups, coordinate SCC and UAC animation and training nationally, support SCC and UAC building work locally in ways they request, research in developing new materials for formation and animation skills, printing and supply of formation materials needed for the above programmes, facilities for board and lodge for 120 people for church or human development related formation.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

We initiated SCC building process in several dioceses in India and countries. We build up and coordinate DIIPA Vision and programming and teams for animation. We developed a 40 days residential programme on “Pastoral-Theological Study on SCCs” which integrates theology and pastoral praxis.

DIIPA formation is a contextualized (for India) process of building skilled animators for facilitating Christians to move from the old way to the NEW WAY OF BEEING CHURCH, through SCCs, as visualized by the Asian Bishops (FABC Bandung Statement, 1990, no. 8).

The formation is integrative and includes the following aspects: DIIPA Theory, DIIPA Practice, DIIPA Spirituality, DIIPA Animation Skills, DIIPA Networking.

The formation cannot be worked out all at once, but in stages. We have developed over 13 DIIPA training modules. These stages include: DIIPA Introductory Workshop, DIIPA Team Training, DIIPA Spirituality, DIIPA Immersion Programme, SCCs and Adult Catechesis, building Emergent Leadership, SCCs and Evangelisation, DIIPA Advanced Skills Training, SCC are seed bed for new ministries, deepening Understanding of The new way of being Church, complementarity of SCC and Families, SCCs makes Sacraments more meaningful, 40 Days SCCs Pastoral-Theological Course.

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

Our programmes directly provide new adult catechesis and active spirituality in which adults are both contributors and learners in the process of learning. No one is made to feel that he has nothing to give or nothing to learn.

What notion of God inspires your work?

We see and help people to see God as Animator Supreme who, through Jesus, empowered 12 fishermen to become pillars of his foundation within 3 years and accompany them and their followers. God’s love can be fully experienced in learning to animate and empower others to read Gospel as life and light for everyone in their life and context. Since Jesus emptied himself (Phil. 2:6-8) in order to become “The Enabler, par excellence”, this animators necessarily will empty himself/herself in every context always. Just as Jesus was able to see the resourcefulness of the 12 fishermen, an animator must be able to see and empower all the god-given gifts in every person he/she trains.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Gospel spirituality is the centre of ministry practices. Since Church is the People of God, our understanding of communion makes us to work in teams as equals, always seeking to experience and grow in ‘the sense of ecclesiality’ in our midst. We feel challenged to “be” Church already as we work so that those associating with us can see and feel it and draw inspiration. We think that the theology of incarnation means ‘leader-in-the-middle-of-the-community’ and learning the sensitise oneself to the understanding of the Holy Spirit always at work in the middle of the community. There is no expert in the Kingdom vision except the Holy Spirit. Everything I learn is not the final answer or wisdom; the Holy spirit is at work even in the poor about the most difficult of doctrines and no sense of these teachings can be understood as a transformative power purely from university degrees; it still has to be reflected with people as the Spirit works it out through prophets and ministers He will raise in the community. That is why doing Gospel Sharing together is central to our community building process.

Sacraments are not private obligations to be fulfilled as a “quick-fix-remedy” to all the problems in the world, but to be celebrated by communities who already share a bond in Christ (Lk.8:19-21), who long to believe that Christ is risen and is in their midst longing to touch their lives. Without that bond, Sacramental celebrations can be like a wedding celebration among strangers. We hope to re-vitalize Sacramental celebrations through SCCs although it will take us a long time. We have already dioceses which is initiating such steps at SCC level.

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?

All our workshops emphasis on making a “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Team approach) plan and evaluation at every step. So this vision is given to all SCCs, parish and diocesan teams. We do evaluate all our workshops as a team. Not everyone is used to this in the church and not everyone will encourage this. Yet, we facilitate this process of planning and evaluation, true to one of our basis principles “the method is the message” or as Lumko no. 10 states, “community building and leadership building go hand-in-hand”. Its leaders did not start planning and evaluating from the beginning, they are not likely to do it later. ART team in AsIPA, FABC, NST of the CBCI for SCCs follow this method always. We evaluate our workshops daily in the team and often with the participants. So it is built into the system.

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

SCC building is a huge prophetic response to “the New Way of Being Church” and will radically re-shape the church and her ministry to the world. Those who attend these workshops are slowly, but powerfully influenced in how they live in this world and act in it. We build up a new leadership which affect people wherever they exercise leadership – in the family, in the work place, in the farms where people till the ground, in the Church and society at large. Gospel Sharing is the most revolutionary thing we do, although many people get deceived by its simplicity. It cannot be explained; it can only be experienced. UAC groups are to renew the local Church and will impact on the people involved and their work places and life situations.

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

Workshops for various groups (clergy, religious, laity and mixed) at different levels (SCC, parish, diocesan, national and international). Immersion programmes – exposures and live-in programmes in SCCs and dioceses for an on-the-spot-experience and critical reflection on ground realities. Theological seminars for theological insights and analysis. Retreats for spiritual animation. Leadership training for facilitation and empowering skills. Workshops, seminar from 30 minutes to 40 days duration, depending on the need and request. Research and Publications.

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

DIIPA Introductory Workshop Manual (translated into 13 Indian languages). DIIPA Team Training Manual (translated into 3 Indian languages). Gospel Sharing cards (in Hindi and English). New Way of Being church (Hindi and English). SCCs are Instruments of Evangelisation (Hindi and English). Theology of Gospel Sharing by Bp Oswald Hirmer. FABC Bandung Statement 1990. In the Path of the New Way of Being church – SCC Story collection’s Teachings of the church on SCCs. New Wine in New Wineskins. DIIPA Swaranjali – a Collection of Hymns for SCC use. UAC Statutes. UAC Formation Manual. Handbook for UAC. Life of St. Vincent Pallotti.

Video: DIIPA Instructional series – 5 videos on SCCs in India.

Soft Print: SCCS and Eucharist. SCCs and Family. SCCs and Sacraments.

Periodicals: DIIPA Newsletter – National SCC Newsletter on behalf of NST for SCCs (quarterly). UAC Newsletter (quarterly).

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

Promotion and animation of SCCS.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

We have been doing a very valuable and much needed service to the Church. This has been conformed by several bishops, laity, clergy and religious who come here.

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

Setting up a well-trained large SCC team of laity, religious and clergy for each of the 12 ecclesiastical regions of India. Building up a strong net-work for SCCs in India. Prepare a good formation programme on the New Way of Being Church for the bishops of India. Conduct Regional SCC Conventions in each of the 12 ecclesiastical regions. Preparing a web page for NST for SCCs with links to all related sites. Build up several units of UAC in places Pallottine Fathers and Sisters are working.

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

Financial self-sufficiency. Need for more well-trained animators (laity, sisters and priests).

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Same as in No. 16.

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

The Centre must continue the services being done now. Offer new programmes for integrated spirituality which helps pastoral workers to grow as human persons (holistic) and enjoy their services.

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

Most of our animation work includes laity – both in the teams and the participants. We have been able to do some special programmes for laity. We are not satisfied with that and would like to do more.

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 DIIPA Newsletter, through internet, through the team members across the country and beyond.

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

We have excellent cooperation with the CBCIBCI and with several individual bishops and regional Bishops’ Conferences. We also have good relation with Bishops Conferences of two countries of Thailand and Sri Lanka.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Office of NST for SCCs is here and I am the Secretary for it. I am in touch with CCBI (Latin Bishops Conference) Laity Commission. We have a net work of animators trained by us all over the country. We plan to set up a National council of SCCs – consisting of the 12 regional secretaries for SCCs and one lay person (50% women) from each region. this will be our planning and executive body under NST. I hope that this will be in place by the end of 2011.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Link with ART team of AsiPA of FABC office of Laity. Link through the courses we do, especially long term courses like 10 days, 2 weeks or now 30 days Theology course. Connection with MISSIO Germany. Connection with SCCs teams in Our Lady of Lourdes parish Zurich, Switzerland, Hildesheim SCC team and National SCC Team Germany, Parish SCC team in St. Norbert’s Catholic Church, Florissant, MO, USA, Thailand National SCC Team.

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

We have no programmes in this area.

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

We do not have time for doing anything at this level.

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

Nil.

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

Support us in our efforts to do research and publications. Helps us to build up a good library (I did apply for this to you years back; I did not get support). Hold an International Theological Congress on SCCs.




  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.