Catholic Social Teaching in Gujarat on 26 – 27 March 2014

Inaugurating a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching and delivering the keynote address, Archbishop Stanislaus insisted on the need for mutual accompaniment of faith and action for justice. He also said that the Christian social activism should be based on preferential option for the poor, protection of human dignity and human rights, solidarity, and common good.

Fr Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice Peace and Development, highlighted the key thrusts of Catholic Social Teaching, and reiterated the Church’s insistence on the participation of Christians in building a world of solidarity and peace founded on justice. He was supported by a team of local facilitators, one of whom was Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad Diocese. The other facilitators were: Fr Joseph Appavoo, Director of KSSS, Fr Arock, Director of YCS & YSM, Fr Sandeep, and Ms Shveta from the Centre for Social Justice.

Catholic Social Teaching at Sewa Kendra, Patna on 19 20 March 2014

Archbishop William D’ Souza of Patna inaugurated a two-day workshop. Addressing the participants of the workshop he invited all the Christians in Bihar to an active engagement with justice. Quoting Prophet Micah, he urged them “to do justice, and to love kindness”. He said that the Catholic Social Teaching shed light on how Christians should respond to the signs of the time. Catholic Social Teaching is a call to social activism, pointed out Fr Charles Irudayam, Secretary of OJPD-CBCI. He said that protection of human dignity was at the heart of Church’s social activism. The defence of the rights of the weaker sections is Church’s priority, he added. The workshop was facilitated by a team of experts that included, besides Fr. Charles, Fr. Amalraj, the Director of Bihar Regional Forum; Sr. Dorathy, Social activist from Bihar; Sr. Cynthia, Practising Lawyer in Patna High Court; and Fr. Peter Ladis, Professor of Law, Chanakya National Law University, Patna and Practising Lawyer at Patna High Court.

Catholic Social Teaching at Satyodayam, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, between 26 – 27 September 2013

Fr. Bala, Regional Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission and Director of AP Forum, was the local coordinator and organiser. The Workshop was attended by a group of priests and nuns and lay activists from different dioceses in Andhra Pradesh. Ms. Sandhya, Founder and President of Progressive Organisation for Women (POW), Bro. Varghese, Human Right Activist, Mr. Philip, Expert in Children Rights and Fr. Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI-JPD Office, were the resource persons for the workshop. Inaugurating the workshop, Fr. Bosco, SJ, said that the Catholic Church has to move beyond doing social charity to social activism. Being inspired and motivated by the best social teaching of the Church and following the example of Pope Francis we need to go to the poor and marginalised in the society, he said.

Promote Integral and Solidary Humanism, Training at Social Development Centre, Ranchi, on 21 – 22 October 2013

The two-day workshop was inaugurated by Most Rev Binay Kandulna, Bishop of Khunti, who said that the essence of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church was an integral and solidary humanism. In support of his statement, he cited the opening sentence of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”

CST Workshop for Priests and Nuns at Red Cross Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 14 – 15 Feb. 2013

The objective of this workshop was to educate the priests and nuns on Catholic social teaching to join hands with other civil society groups for promoting justice and peace in Odisha for a better and just Odisha. Around 85 participants both priest and nuns from 5 dioceses took part effectively and involved in the process and discussion till the end. The facilitators of the workshop were namely Fr. Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI-JPDO, New Delhi; Mrs. Lalita Mishal, NAOW, Bhubaneswar; Sr. Justine, SJM, Bhuabaneswar; Mr. Dhirendra Panda, Secretery, CSNR, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Jugal Kishore Ranjit, Human Rights Activist; and Fr. Ajay, the director of ODISHA.

CST Workshop at Nav Sadhana, Regional Pastoral Centre, Varanasi  on 26 – 27 Nov.  2012

The Workshop was attended by a group of priests and nuns and a lay activist from eight dioceses in North India. Fr. Stanny Jebamalai SJ, South Asian Secretary of Jesuits in Social Action (JESA) and Mr. Antony Arulraj, OJPD’s Advocacy Officer, were the facilitators of the workshop.The workshop included group work and lectures on Key Principles and Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, See-Judge-Act, Social Analysis, Spirituality of Justice and Peace Ministry, Rights Based Approach to Social Justice Advocacy and so on. At the end of the workshop, the participants proposed that the Catholic Social Teaching, ‘the best kept secret of the Church’, should be widely popularized by each diocese in fulfilment of the Statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India at its 30th General Body Meeting in Bangalore in February 2012.