Saturday, August 12, 2017


Another Sumedha Sadhana - the newly introduced Mini (4 weeks) - began on August 6. It will conclude on September 03.

There are 10 participants (4 religious women, 3 diocesan priests, 2 religious priests among whom is one Salesian from North-East, and a Salesian brother from New Delhi province.)

The introductory module of this Mini Sadhana is "Unconscious Dynamics and the Spiritual Journey" facilitated by Dr. John Dominic Padinjar, the Asst. Director of the Centre.

Johny Dominic helps participants explore the dynamics behind the helplessness that they often experience in not being able to do what they want and doing what they do not want (Romans 7, 15).  Using concepts from Freudian, Jungian, NLP and Transactional Analysis theories he helps them unleash the powers of the unconscious to facilitate the journey from Ego to Self necessary for healing and psychospiritual wholeness.

The next Sumedha Sadhana (9 weeks) begins on October 1. A few seats are available. Contact 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUMEDHA SADHANA: “A Life Changing Experience.”

The 9-week (June 1- August 2) Sumedha Sadhana – A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey – concluded yesterday at Sumedha Centre.

All the participants were immensely satisfied with the programme, some describing it as “life changing experience.” 

On a Usefulness Scale of 1-10, one meaning “very little useful” and 10 “Immensely Useful,” one participant gave a score of 9, while all the others gave a perfect 10.

There were five different modules in this Sadhana. Psychological Dynamics on the Spiritual Journey (by Dr. Jose Parappuly PhD), Psychosexual and Celibate Integration (Dr. Joe Mannath PhD), Women’s and Feminist Spiritualities (Dr. Shalini Mulackal PhD), Group Therapy (Dr. Alex Clement Joseph, PhD), and Spiritual Retreat (Dr. Jose Parappully PhD).

What the participants found most useful were the group therapy and the spiritual retreat.

Some participants’ comments:

“Sumedha Sadhana was a gift of God for me. An opportunity to expand my heart. Plenty to chew on. The retreat helped me to change my life.”

“The spiritual retreat as a desert experience was too good!... I go back with the feeling life can be good again. “

“I came to Sumedha very sad, very lost. The programme helped me a lot. Gained greater self-awareness through group therapy. I feel free from my burdens. See future as bright.”

“It helped me understand my life. The calm and peaceful atmosphere was very helpful for reflection and prayer. All the programme, modules, process, facilitators were all extremely effective and helpful.”

“Being at Sumedha was a privileged time. I got what I wanted. Able to let go and be healed. I feel very free and very happy.”

“I came here with a bundle of worry and sadness. Sumedha helped me get rid of them. I feel happy.  The facilitators were experts in exploring their topics. The food, services, and facilities were all very good. I felt very much at home and free here”

“The programme touched my heart. It made me alive again. I felt very free and happy here. I regained the love I had for my vocation."

The programme was very experiential. Besides the rich input provided the participants, there was ample time to reflect on life experiences, share them with one another, and integrate them into the daily creative liturgies. Music, movies and dance enriched the process. Outings, picnic and the weekly fun-times helped to create a relaxing atmosphere.

The next 9-week programme begins on October 1. Before that a shorter (4-week) Sumedha Mini begins on August 6. Registrations are open.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sumedhans at Work and Play

Sumedhans took time  to relax by going on a picnic to the lakes on 22nd July. They were accompanied by Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha, George Topno, Administrator at Sumedha and Most Rev. Isidore Fernandes, Bishop Emeritus of Allahabad who is spending his retirement at Jeolikote.

The weathergods were very good to the group. Although it had been raining everyday for a some days, the heavens decided to hold the downpours, and the day was beautiful with only a few drops of rain in the morning.

Sumedhans relaxed at three famous Kumaon lakes: Naukuchiatal, Bhimtal and Sattal. They also visited the famous Golu Dev (Bell) Temple and the organic tea estate at Ghorakhal.

The group  had  completed an 8-day group therapy they previous day and a day of relaxation was a rightful reward for the hard work they had put in. The group was led by Dr. Alex Clement Joseph, who has Masters and Doctoral degrees in counselling psychology from Fordham University, New York. This was Dr. Joseph's first experience at Sumedha. Participants expressed great satisfaction about their therapeutic experience.

The concluding module of the 9-week Sumedha Sadhana is a Spiritual Retreat which begins on July 24. It will be led by Jose Parappully, Director of the programme.

The next programme -  Mini Sumedha Sadhana (4 weeks) - begins on August 6th. A few seats are available.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Recollecting the Fruits of Sumedha Sadhana

Having journeyed six weeks through the Sumedha Sadhana programme, the participants spent the day yesterday (July 12)  "recollecting" the experiences of their journey.

They presented the "fruit" of their recollection through drawings and verbal narratives.

Among the fruits collected  were: increased self-knowledge, a taste for contemplative prayer especially Centering prayer, a better understanding of midlife dynamics, holistic spirituality and religious consecration, particularly celibate chastity.

Eight days of group therapy remain and further eight days of spiritual retreat will conclude the 9-week programme.

A Mini Sumedha Sadhana (4 weeks) commences on August 6. A few seats are still available.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Br. George Topno SDB is the new Financial Administrator at Sumedha Centre. He takes over from Br. Justin Lakra SDB who has been transferred to Our Lady of Fatima Church, Itarhi, Buxar.

We welcome Br. Topno and we thank Br. Lakra for his services at Sumedha Centre this past year. We wish both Br Topno and Br. Lakra the very best in their new assignments.

Saturday, June 10, 2017



I attended the 8-day retreat programme (May 21-29) at Sumedha and it was a Blessing!

I have been unwell for nearly one and a half years. Had a spine problem and could not walk. 
In January, I had a transient isemic attack, was suffering from cerebrovascular disease and 
was under bed rest for about four months. I had lost all hope and was anxious about my future 
since I was the only breadwinner in the family and was unable to work.

When the priest was talking about wilderness and desert experience, tears starting rolling.
Little did I realise that time, that it is these gift of tears which were washing away my pain and 
that my healing had started. 

During the talks which prepared us for confession, we were told that forgiveness is a DECISION. 
The short film shown, A Justice That Heals, depicted Maurine, a mother who forgave the murderer of her son and she said, "I know my Old Testament and my New Testament. What it says about unforgiveness. It eats away the marrow of your bone. I know I had to forgive. Because if I didn't forgive I would lose my mind. “This struck me. I wondered if my spine and nervous disease had anything to do with unforgiveness. 

The 6th day we fasted and took the sacrament of reconciliation. I did not know that forgiveness
would bring me healing. I do not know why I carried hurt so many years. When the priest 
was blessing me after the confession, I could feel a gentle breeze sweeping my head and spine. 
I felt light, rejuvenated, happy and peaceful. 
When I returned home, my son was surprised to see a happy me who could walk. All my neighbours
and friends are surprised to see a NEW ME who is happy and healthy. 

It’s a week post the retreat.... Today my brother came to see me and was surprised to see me to brim with happiness ...I am healed, I am happy, I can walk and my insomnia has also disappeared. I am no longer anxious and worried, for I know God will take care of everything. 

I am joining back to work soon. Praise and Thank you Jesus!

Annie Crasto, Mumbai. 

(3rd from right in the photo)