Monday, September 30, 2019


Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre, was invited to do a 6-day Workshop on “Psychosexual Integration and Celibate Maturity” for the young priests of the Salesian Province of Mumbai. These were priests within the first five years since their ordination. There were 19 of them.

The workshop was held at Don Bosco Lonavla from 22 to 28th September.

The topics covered included Understanding Human Sexuality and Intimacy; Some Problems and Challenges; Sexual Boundary Violations and Penalties; Policies and Procedures; and Celibacy and Friendships.

The young priests found the topics covered very useful for their life and ministry. Some comments:

“The workshop will help me to be a good human being.”

“I personally like the seminar because it dealt with issues which I encounter in my everyday life.”

“It was an eye-opener programme in terms of sexual behaviour/celibate chastity/kinds of relationships etc. Certainly this programme is going to enrich my relationship with God, my community, my ministry and my friendships as I live my priestly vocation.”

“It broadened my limited understanding of sexuality.”

“I give a perfect 10 because it’s most relevant. All the topics were very applicable to today’s scenario.”

“The programme was very relevant, very practical. I would like to give 10 points out of 10.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre facilitated a number of workshops during the month of August.

The first was a workshop on Midlife Dynamics and the Spiritual Journey for the Salesian Sisters of Kolkata at their Provincial House in Dum Dum. It was held from August 9 to 12. There were 33 sites attending the programme.

The second was a Two-Day recollection in preparation for the Provincial Chapter of the Holy Cross Sisters at their newly renovated Provincial House at Raipur on 17th and 18th August.

The third was a workshop on Midlife Dynamics and he Spiritual Journey for the Capuchins of the three provinces of Kerala organized by the Kottayam province at Assisi Retreat Centre at Bharangnanam, Kerala. Twenty three Capuchin Fathers including the provincial of the Trissur province attended.

The fourth was a Training for Leadership for the community and school heads of the Southern and Northern provinces of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was held at the Navinta Retreat Centre at New Delhi from 24th to 26th August. There were 19 participants.

The last was a workshop on “Aging Gracefully” for the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen. It was held at their Provincial House in Bilaspur from 30th August to 1st September. There were 23 sisters present including the Provincial.