BRIEF REPORT ON

THE PALLOTTINE ANIMATION CENTRE

 

 

PAC was founded in 1991 with the intention of making the Pallottine Charism at the service of the Church in India and for helping the Pallottine communities to do apostolate effectively and in the Pallottine way.

We are happy to say that within the last 24 years of its existence PAC has found a place in the mainstream of the Church in India and at International levels and in the Pallottine pastoral endeavours in India.

 

  1. At the Pallottine Family Front:

 

  1. Realization of the Pallottine team at the Centre:

 

We are happy to say that PAC is succeeding to a great extent to live by Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC), our charism. All efforts in the Centre reflect an authentic experience of Church as communion. Here laity, clergy and religious work together as co-workers and brothers and sisters in Jesus. In and through this we witness to the spirit of UAC.

 

 

II. Programmes

 

  1. PAC is the central animation body for UAC all over the country.
  2. Several national and Inter-national UAC seminars and retreats were organized by PAC.
  3. Produced UAC Training Material titled “Chosen to Bear Fruits That Endure” and provides training to communities.
  4. We facilitated the process of conscientizing the different Pallottine foundations about UAC as our charism and continue to do it.
  5. We held the first Asia-Oceana UAC meeting at PAC, Nagpur and organized the first Inter-national Theological Symposium on Pallottine Charism and its papers were published as a resource book.
  6. The 1st UAC Assembly was held at the Centre in 2013.
  7. At the National Ecclesial Front:

 

Our understanding of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate in the Indian context led us to identify four pastoral fields for our response.

 

  1. Renewal Ministry :

 

PAC keeps holistic renewal as its central concern in all its programme, since the Charism aims at renewal of the whole Church.

 

  1. Promoting Participative Church Structures:

 

  1. Promoting the New Way of Being Church through the SCCs.

We have built a wide net work of dioceses interested and involved with us in

transforming parishes into communion of many small communities, little Churches of

brothers and sisters in the Lord. PAC has played a central role in SCC animation all over the country for the last 25 years and still remains the nerve-centre for SCC promotion in India.  The Centre is instrumental in holding several national and international seminars and conferences on SCCs and publish literature for training and research.

 

  1. 30 Days SCC Theological Residential Seminar

 

PAC has been holding annually a 30 days residential seminar on “The Theology of SCCs” for over 10 years now. The same programme was animated by PAC at Bangkok, Thailand.

 

  1. International Workshops

 

Pac has been providing training in SCCs in several countries like Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Thailand, Sri Lanka and others. Teams from several countries come to PAC for training and guided praxis.

 

  1. Pastoral Research & Publications.

 

We want promote research and publication connected to the fields we referred above. We are already promoting research and publications in the SCCs level. We develop new programmes for this purpose and have promoted its translation into 6 Indian languages. We produced a video on this and hope to produce another in the near future.

 

  1. At the Service of Church Organizations:

 

Several Church organizations use the facilities in PAC for their training programme.

 

  Fr. Thomas Vijay SAC

Director                                                                                       

 

 

  1. Our Future Requirements:

 

We are grateful to the Sacred Heart Province who has contributed much to the Centre. We would like you to let all our confreres in Germany that this is one Centre for which you have toiled much and is paying rich dividends in terms of apostolic fruitfulness.

 

  1. Present Facilities:

 

  • Accommodation for 80 people in two blocks.
  • Room for two staff members.
  • Office, dining hall.

 

  1. Incomplete Part of the Facilities :

 

  • A big hall for common meetings.
  • Residential facilities for two more staff members.
  • 4 Offices for ministry departments.
  • Reading-cum-TV room for the public.
  • Intercom facilities for the entire campus.
  • Furnishing of the Administrative block.
  • Some single rooms.

 

  1. Other requirements:

 

  • A transport vehicle to pick up people (the present jeep will be used for shopping).
  • Tarring the road.

 

With the completion of these facilities we will be adequately equipped to serve the Church. We think of these facilities only because we are in a position to be at the service of the Church at the national level in a significant way. We will have our place and contribution in the ongoing  growth of the Indian Church.

 

The Community of PAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAN FOR THE MISSION SECRETARIAT

 

 

Our Vision :

 

Our vision is rooted in the God-given right of every Indian to live in dignity and in the fact that about 35% of our people are deprived unjustly of that dignity. Our existence here in India as a dedicated Christian community necessarily demands some sort of radical response to this situation. St. Paul taught that those who are strong ought to bear with the weak and each believer must work for the upliftment of his neighbour (Rom.15:1-2). This is the demand of the Kingdom of plan of God and is the theological base for such a ministry.

 

So our Mission Secretariat is not merely a foreign fund raising agency.

 

It has a spiritual basis too. Unlike many NGOs we serve the Kingdom plan of God. So we are there to serve the poor and must be willing to be one among the poor. Hence we should be willing to be content with minimum needs, in true spirit of discipleship.

 

It is a Pallottine response since Pallotti always served the poor and worked with them. So we do not do service for the poor; but we work with the poor for their upliftment. This is the spirit of UCA. The poor are good and effective evangelizers and community builders. We should make them so.

 

To start with:

 

  1. Study possibilities and set up pilot projects.
  2. Run awareness building and conscientization workshops.

 

Later:

 

  1. Set up various committees.
  2. Trained animators.
  3. People’s committees.
  4. Recruit Contributors.
  5. Financial committee.
  6. Network with each of our parishes. Each parish must have a developmental/social work wing. They should be both contributors and collaborators.
  7. Network with other such agencies.

 

 

Fr. Vijay Thomas