Twenty six young Salesian priests (ordained within the last 10 years) of the Province of the Good Shepherd, New Delhi attended a four-day programme (August 18-21, 2016) on renewal of priestly life and ministry at Sumedha Centre.
The programme was organized by Fr. Naresh Kujur, the Vice provincial of the Salesian Province of New Delhi.
It was facilitated by Johny Dominic PhD, the Assistant Director of Sumedha Centre and Jose Parappully, the Director.
On the first two days Johny Dominic dealt with “Emotional Maturity.” He helped the young priests to look at their emotional reactions and suggested ways to handle their emotional life in more helpful and effective ways.
Jose Parappully facilitated the last two days. He explored with the young priests "Psycho-Sexual and Celibate Integration." He helped them to look at what is going in their lives in this area and explored with them some of the problematic issues related to the topic and helped them discover ways to address these issues in keeping with their status as men vowed the celibate chastity.
The young priests had opportunities to share win dyads or small groups about their experiences.
These explorations were enriched with creative liturgies in which they were able to celebrate their joys and challenges in this area.
During the programme Fr. Jose Mathew, the Provincial of New Delhi and Fr. K. C. John, the Economer of the Province, visited the group.
In the afternoon of the last day, the group went on sightseeing tour to Nainital.
The young priests said they found the entire programme very enriching. The topics were dealt with very competently and openly. They suggested such programme should be organized also for the senior priests of the Province.