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Official name The Pastoral Institute.
Country / Continent Pakistan / Asia
Director of the institute Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP.
Legal holder of the institute Most Rev. Bishop Dr. Andrew Francis, Bishop of Multan.
Sponsor of the institute Missio-Aachen, Germany
Year of foundation 1970.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 25
Staff members of your institute Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP

Miss Ann Mary Clement

Rev. Fr. Yaqoop Shahzad OP

Miss Monica Karamet

Mr. Sohail Augustine.

Contact G.P.O. Box 288

60000 MULTAN

Pakistan

pastoral@brain.net.pk


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

The Pastoral Institute.

Director of the institute

Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP.

Legal holder of the institute

Most Rev. Bishop Dr. Andrew Francis, Bishop of Multan.

Missio-Aachen, Germany.

Vision / mission statement

Building of the local Church and creating the spirit of harmony and reconciliation among the Churches and people of different faiths particularly with Islam. The understanding and appreciation of the talents foster the relationship as means of building the just and healthy society. The Holy Bible, the Church teachings and all branches of theologies encourage in enlightening and helping to sow the seed of leadership and especially in building the local Church.

The assets and legalities reinforce the strengths of the faithful to be ready to preach the Word of God and live accordingly. Thus the teachings are focused on the Holy Bible, the teachings of the Church, Church traditions and contemporary teachings in the spirit of harmonious and mutual understanding of other faiths; the learning to be availed by people with open heart and respect of the faith.

Main areas of work

Training of Religion Teachers, Faith Formation Seminars and Courses, Interreligious Dialogue, Ecumenical Dialogue , Ecumenical Dialogue and publications - Focus and Achcha Charwaha on social-religious issues.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Participants from the Archdiocese/dioceses like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad and Prefecture of Quetta attend the courses/seminars. They are recommended by the parish priests, religious and authorized lay people.

Year of foundation

1970.

Organisational structure of the institute

Board of Directors headed by the Chairman and the administration by the Director and the General Manager.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

25.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP

Miss Ann Mary Clement

Rev. Fr. Yaqoop Shahzad OP

Miss Monica Karamet

Mr. Sohail Augustine.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP, BA STL

Miss Ann Mary Clement, MA Theology

Rev.Fr. Yaqoob Shahzad OP, BA STL

Miss Monica Karamet, BA, BEd

Mr. Sohail Augustine, BA

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Faith Education, Peace and Harmony with different Faiths and different Church denominations.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Training of Religion Teachers, Faith Formation Seminars and Courses, Interreligious Dialogue, Ecumenical Dialogue and publications - Focus and Achcha Charwaha on social-religious issues.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

The institute exists to serve the local Church in its growth as a Church in mission and witness. It offers faith formation to the laity and others, in the light of sacred scriptures, the traditions and teachings of the Church. The institute also welcomes, cooperates with and offers facilities to other individuals and groups which provide a forum for interreligious dialogue and social awareness/development.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

The programmes, seminars and courses which the insitute offers are: Religion Teachers Course, Understanding the Holy Bible through Text and its Context, Seminar on Advents Preparation: "A Journey towards Incarnation - God With Us", Leadership of Women and Men in the Context of Religion and Culture, Seminar on Youth Development, Seminar on Lent preparation: "New Life through Suffering, Death and Resurrection", Seminar on the Promotion of Sacred Liturgy, Theology of the Church in the light of Vatican II, Christian Faith Formation Course (CFFC), English Language Course (ELC), Seminar for the Catechists; Programmes on Ecumenical Dialogue and Programs on Interfaith and Christian-Muslim Dialogue. There is also annual Christmas programme for the institute's students, staff families and the religious of the dioceses to share Christmas message and joy with them.

Other than the above programmes/courses, the institute feels proud that it is paying a vital role in the formation of the Catholic Church in particular that of the laity in Pakistan and promoting interdenominational and inter-religious dialogue for peace and harmony in the society. The news of the programmes is also flashed in the local and national media.

The institute has been hosting and inviting national and international delegations of various religious congregations and Church institutions in the spirit of solidarity and acknowledging their services for the local and global Church and to exchange views and thoughts for enhancing the development of the Church.

The facilities of the institute are so utilized by several religious groups, Congregations, Orders and Societies of men and women and in particular by the Dominicans in Pakistan. The institute happily accommodates local and national Church institutions, like Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan, Caritas, National Commission for Justice and Peace, National Catechetical Commission, National bible Commissions, Parish/Diocesan Seminars and Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan (MSLCP) to use the Institute's facilities for their programmes. The Orders, Congregations, Institutions and Societies that work for: flood affectees and marginalized people in the southern Punjab, justice and peace issues, human rights, women's rights and humanitarian cause are also supported for their programmes.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Keeping in view the recent Church issues we held seminars on the "Promotion of Liturgy", "The Church at Prayer" and "Redemptoris Missio - New Evangelization".

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

The seminars on the "Promotion of the Liturgy and the Church at Prayer" would enable the faithful to understand liturgy and the value of prayer in a better way and would be a source of inspiration for others.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God is our father, who wishes us that we live peacefully and in harmony with each other, with the people of different faiths and Church denominations and work for His glory.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

The programmes on Interreligious Dialogue, Ecumenical Dialogue and welcoming people who work for: flood affectees and the marginalized people, justice and peace issues, human rights, women's rights and humanitarian course, take peace out of Christian spirituality.

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 director of the institute makes pastoral visits to several parts of the country, the evaluations of the seminars by the participants, national and Church media, the Bishops Conference, Major Superiors Leadership Conference and the sponsors of the participants all help to analyse the reality. The reality issues are addressed through seminars and courses in which the participants are activated to take up processes that would help them to know the reality for their awareness and change.

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

God, Love and human values - "God with us", Harmonious approach ie., "Ut Unum Sint." Also, the institute holds a seminar on the "Leadership of Men and Women in the Church and the society" and Interreligious Dialogue programmes.

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

The work of the institute involves seminars, courses, programmes and two publications: Achcha Charwaha and Focus on socio-religious issues.

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

The institute publishes tow magazines: Achcha Charwaha and Focus on Socio-religious issues.

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

Religion Teachers Training Course.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

The institute receives feedback from the participants on all courses, seminar/programmes attended by them. The evaluation of the work is also done by the staff in staff meetings. Help in evaluating the work of the institute is also welcomes by the Bishops Conference, Major Superiors Leadership Conference and the sponsors of the participants.

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

The institute is working on developing relations with the Church personnel and institutions and with organizations of like mind within Multan diocese and with other dioceses of the country. It cooperates and collaborates in Church/social related activities and issues.


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

We would like to find more people who are theology oriented and qualified in theological branches to work at the institute.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

We have difficulty in finding people who are skilled in publishing Christian Literature and could deliver well on inter-religious and comparative religions issues.

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

The institute’s short term dream is to have an audio/visual library for the participants who attend courses at the Pastoral Institute. Another dream is to have a publication press, and yet another dream is to have a College of Theology so that the Pastoral Institute remains resourceful to other institutions in the country.

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

Faith formation to the laity is primary objective of the Pastoral Institute. It inducts lay people in its administration and faculty, and are well empowered and respected in the decision making process.

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)?

The director of the institute seeks an opportunity to participate in the national commissions meetings of the Bishops Conference and the Major Religious Superiors Leadership Conference and other suitable forums to communicate the experiences and results of the institute.

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

The Pastoral Institute is in close liaison with the Bishops Conference and with the Diocese of Multan. It welcomes, collaborates and cooperates with programmes/decisions taken under the auspicious of the Bishops Conference and the Diocese of Multan.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Rev. Fr. Akhtar Naveed OP, the Director of the institute, is an executive member of various commissions of the Bishops Conference and also of Caritas Pakistan. The institute often hosts and participates in the annual general meeting of the National Catechetical Commission. The institute also receives many participants recommended by the national commissions and by the diocesan catechetical centres for attendance in various programmes of the institute. The institute also sends its publications: Achcha Charwaha and Focus to all the national commissions and catechetical centres and also to all the parishes of all the diocese of the country.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

The Pastoral Institute enjoys a place of prominence by way of its structure, services and facilities; almost every year it receives distinguished guest from the Catholic Church as well as from other Churches who visit the institute to survey its services and to exchanges pastoral experiences and results. The institute’s publication Focus is also sent to many parts of the world – to international institutes and libraries. The institute also receives many religious publications in exchange with Focus from man international institutions and universities.

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

The institute's interreligious cooperation mostly lies with Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Bhais. People of these religions often attend the institute's programme on Interreligious Dialogue. The institute also: offers its facilities for any of their programmes; celebrates their Eid/festivals with them and presents them gifts; attends their programmes and try to deal with their religious and social values respectfully with them.

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

People from the non-Catholic churches respond warmly to the institute's Ecumenical Dialogue Programmes. The institute welcomes participants from non-Catholic families to attend its seminars and courses. The staff of the institute also participates in their prayer programmes and also accepts invitations for lectures at their conventions. The institute also offers its facilities to non Catholic churches to hold their programmes at the institute.

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

The Pastoral Institute at present is not affiliated with any theological merger/associations, although it wishes to and would like to pursue for affiliation with any international theological association.

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

We would like to request for assistance in:

  • advance theological studies of the staff, exposure trips for new pastoral care plans
  • training aids for missionaries to serve abroad, scholarships for interested candidates to study in any Church ministry, exchange of lecturers on Church/global issues.



  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.