A One day Pre-Lent Retreat for the clergy of CSI Karnataka Northern Diocese was jointly organized by Pastoral Aid Department, CSI Synod and Karnataka Northern Diocese on 24th February 2017 on the theme - Cross: A Call to Repentance and Reconciliation. Around 60 pastors of the Diocese have attended the Retreat. After the formal welcome by the Diocesan Secretary Dr. Immanuel Malekar, the retreat was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Ravi Kumar Niranjan, the Bishop in Karnataka Northern Diocese. He exhorted the pastors to prepare themselves for the forth coming Lenten season and gave a call to make use of the inputs from the retreat shared by the resource persons and thereby make this year’s Lenten special, and a more meaningful one.
In the first session, Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director, Department of Pastoral Concerns, Synod, shared valuable insights on the theme. He gave a clarion call to all pastors to focus on the Synod’s proposal for Carbon Fast during the Lent and gave some practical suggestions to reduce carbon whereby we join the global movement of protecting our world from the environmental hazards. The second session was led by Rev. Dr. Dexter Maben, Professor at the United Theological College, Bangalore. He emphasized on a walk to repent, walk to resist and walk to reconcile. His remark “Every station of Jesus’ walk towards the Calvary is the walk of resistance” is worth recalling.
Rev.Mrs. Hannah Niranjan, the Bishop Amma of the Diocese led the pastors in the group discussion during the Post Lunch Session, wherein all the members of group were given time to think about and present the possible activities, programmes in the church which would translate the call of the CSI Synod for “Carbon Fast”. She also shared her thrilling experience of her visit to the Holy Land and how it has been a life-changing experience.
There was also a time for the Diocesan Auditor to share the concerns pertaining to the Financial Management and Compliances. He emphasized on the importance of transparency and accountability of every single unit. Pastors could ask questions get clarifications from him. In the closing session, Rt. Rev. Ravi Kumar Niranjan, Bishop in Karnataka Northern Diocese expressed gratefulness to the Officers of the Synod, Chair Person of the Pastoral AID Department and the Director of the Pastoral Concerns, Synod for facilitating the Pastors’ Pre- Lent Retreat in KND for the first time in the Diocese. The feedback sheet collected at the end of the retreat was an eye opener where , many pastors opined that the retreat gave them a new perspective toward the lent and has helped them to prepare adequately for the Lenten season.
Rev. Samuel Calvin, Associate Treasurer, KND, drew curtain on the One Day Retreat with a vote of thanks. Mr. Anand Sadaguna Paul, Treasurer, KND, Rev. Daniel Honnaykar, Associate Secretary of Diocese of KND and other office bearers were also part of this memorable and thought provoking retreat.
Dr. Immanuel Malekar- Hon. Secretary, KND
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor- Director, Pastoral Concerns