Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Fr. Jose Parappully, director of Sumedha Centre was invited to facilitate the Spiritual Retreat of the Superiors of the Daughters of Marcy Help Christians (Salesian sisters) of the Province of Kolkata.

This retreat was held from March 5 to 11 at the Auxilium Centre at Kurseong, Darjeeling. Twenty eights sisters, including the Provincial and members of her Council participated.

Fr. Parappully organized the retreat around the theme “Retreat as a Lenten Desert Journey.” Participants had ample time to pray with the Word of God on the themes explored each day.

Participants expressed great satisfaction with the way the retreat was conducted. A general sentiment expressed was, “This retreat was very different from ones we are used to. It really helped to go deep into ourselves and also experience God deeply.”   

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Paper Presentation

Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre, presented an invited paper “Healing from the Effects of Sexual Abuse: Ways Formators and Spiritual Directors Can Help” at the International Symposium on “Affective Maturity in Celibate Living: Challenges in Formation.”

The Symposium was held at the Paurastya Vidyapeetham, Vadvathoor, Kottayam, Kerala on 21st and 22nd February.

It was jointly organized by the Dehanalaya Counselling Centre, Alapuzha, Kerala and the Paurastya Vidyapeetham.

Some 140 religious and priests, most of them involved in priestly or religious formation participated. Among them were also some Major Superiors.

The Symposium was inaugurated by His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Church.

The Keynote address was given by Mar Joseph Perumthottam, the Syro-Malabar Archbishop of Chenganasserry.

Dr. Parappully in his paper presented facts and figures regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse in India, the effects of abuse and simple ways that non clinically trained formators and spiritual directors an help survivors to heal from the effects of abuse.

There were eight other invited speakers. The two reputed international speakers were Dr. Hanz Zollner SJ, President of Institute of Psychology and Vice Rector at the Gregorian University, Rome. He spoke on “Aspects of Formation to Celibate Chastity and Safeguarding” based on the new Ratio Fundamentalis promulgated by the Vatican.

The other was Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, former President of St. Luke’s Institute at Silversprings, Maryland, USA and currently at the at the Gregorian University, Rome. Rossetti spoke on “Screening and Formation to Sexuality and Safeguarding.

The papers presented were well appreciated and found very useful by the participants. They wished more time had been devoted to the speakers and for discussion, even if that meant fewer papers were presented.  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sumedha Outreach –Thailand 2018. 4. Bangkok SPIRITUAL RE-AWAKENING IN THE POST-MIDLIFE YEARS

The fourth invited programme Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha, conducted in Thailand this year was also at Bangkok.

This programme entitled “Spiritual Re-Awakening in the Post Midlife years” was for the Infant Jesus Sisters. Thirty two Sisters including the Provincial Superior, Sr. Jane, participated. Most of these sisters were over 60 years. It was held on 17 and 18th February.

The first day’s programme was held at the Provincialate of the St. Gabriel Brothers. Dr. Parappully explored with the sisters the psycho-spiritual dynamics of the post midlife years and proposed a spirituality that respects the dynamics of these years.

This included a Spirituality of Diminishment, Spirituality of Slowing Down, Contemplative Spirituality, Spirituality of Gratitude and a Spirituality of Mentoring.

The second day’s programme was held at the Provincial House of the Infant Jesus Sisters in Bangkok. On this second day Dr. Parappully explored with the sisters how Lent can be a time for spiritual Re-Awakening, by entering the metaphoric desert with Jesus to experience “Wilderness” and “Paradise” – to encounter one’s on “Inner Demons” and intimacy with God around the Word of God.

Two spiritual practices recommended for this spiritual re-awakening were Centering Prayer and the Lectio Divina. Both the practices were explained to the sisters and they had time to practice them.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


The third invited programme that Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre conducted in Thailand this year was at Bangkok, the capital city.

It was for the teachers of the Holy Infant Jesus Convent School on 16th February. Seventeen  teachers including the Manager of the School, Sr. Jane, participated.

The programme focused on personal growth of the teachers and was entitled: “Enhancing Personal and Professional Efficacy Through Meditative Practices and Self-Awareness.”

Keeping with the topic time was devoted to learning and practicing Meditation and Meditative Prayer, especially Centering Prayer, and growing in Self-Awareness through reflection on one’s life journey with the help of the video film “River Mee.”

A fourfold approach of Input, Introspection, Interaction and Intercession was followed.

Participants recognized the necessity of taking quiet time for themselves in their busy day for personal and professional effectiveness. They found Meditation and Centering Prayer very useful tools.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

SUMEDHA OUTREACH –THAILAND 2018. 2. RATCHABURI Psychospiritual Dynamics at Midlife and Beyond.

The second invited programme that Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre, conducted in Thailand this year was at Ratchaburi, west of the country.

This programme was conducted at the Mother House of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation, a member of the Salesian Family.

This programme held between 9th and 14th February was on the topic: “Psychospiritual Dynamics at Midlife and Beyond.” There were 22 sisters participating including the General Superior of the Congregation, Mother Maliwan.

The topics covered during the six days included: Awakening to Midlife, Emotional Awareness of Mortality, Re-Assessment of Life and Priorities, Re-Visioning of Dreams, De-Illusioning, Loss, Redeeming the Shadow, Psychosexual and Celibate Integration, God’s Second Call.

Participants found the programme very useful at this time in their Psychospiritual journey.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


The First invited programme that Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre, did in Thailand this year was at Chiangmai, in the north of the country, on 7th and 8th February.

This programme was held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Hall and was attended by 115 religious and priests, on the 7th, and about 80 on the 8th

Bishop Francis Xavier of the diocese of Chiangmai, attended sessions on both days.

On the first day Dr. Parappully presented a Portrait of Jesus, based on four postures of Jesus: Sitting Down, Bending Over, Reaching Out and Looking Up.

On the second day Dr. Parappully presented on “Lent: A Desert Journey with Jesus.”

The programme concluded with the Eucharist presided over by Bishop Francis Xavier at which Dr. Parappully spoke briefly on the Challenge of being a religious today.

The programme was well appreciated. General feedback was : It was excellent. The talks were characterised by wisdom and depth."

The second day was celebrated as Day of Consecration and the religious celebrating their Jubilees of profession were felicitated during the Eucharist.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


The original Christmas was the trigger that set in motion a revolution aimed at transforming a broken world and ruptured society through love - a revolution that has to be continued by men and women of good will.

Unfortunately that message of Christmas has been mostly forgotten, and Christmas has been reduced to four small c's: "crib, carol, card and cake." And the one that Christmas is named after, the big C - Christ - has been sidelined. Much effort is made these days by various forces to remove Christ from Christmas.

It is time to restore Christmas to its initial significance and focus on the revolution that has been set in motion so many years ago - transformation of society through love. That is the challenge that  faces especially Christians, and all people of good will.

Sumedha Centre wishes all its Friends and supporters  a very Happy Christmas.

May there be more peace and joy in the world this Christmas season through the love and compassion manifest by people of good will and the governments of the world.