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Lenten retreat for Medak Diocese Pastors
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015


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Lenten Retreat for the clergy of the Medak Diocese was held from 24-26 February, 2015 at the CSI LITE Auditorium, Chennai. The department of Pastoral Concerns has organized the retreat while the Diocese of Madras has hosted it for about 166 clergy who have been enriched by the retreat. Most. Rev. Dr. G. Dyvasirvadam, the In-charge Bishop of Medak Diocese & the Moderator of CSI has inaugurated the retreat and delivered the inaugural address based on Mk 8: 27-34.  He exegeted the passage emphasising on ‘taking up the cross and following’ Christ in today’s context.  The next session was led by Rev. Dr. D. Ratnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary- CSI who took them on a journey of servant-hood pattern based on Jesus’ model of Servant King. The Lord becoming a Servant, a servant becoming the Teacher and a teacher becoming an Advocate/Comforter were the key factors centred around the kenotic experiences Jesus. The post lunch session was held by Rev. Dr. Dayam Prabhaker who shared theological insights on the significance of cross in the Christ’s Community. The Second Day began with the Holy Communion Service celebrated by Rev, A.C. Solomon, the Vice Chairman of the Diocese assisted by the DCC Chairpersons Rev. B. Winston, Rev. G. Prem Kumar and Rev. Mrs. Shanthi Roberts and the Ministerial Board Convenor Rev. T. Bhasker. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, the Director of the Department of Pastoral Concerns has shared the word of God based on Jn. 9: 35-41 and encouraged the participants to assure new identity to the deprived and the marginalized by initiating the Christ’s Communities. After the service, the group was taken to visit some of the important places in and around Chennai for a cross cultural experience and learning. On the last day, the morning devotion was led by Rev. Dr. Ch. Vasantha Rao and Campaigns of the Synod, ‘YaAA’, ‘Girl Child’ and ‘Food for All’ were introduced by the Youth Director, Rev. Solomon Paul.  The retreat was concluded by the sharing of the ministry experiences by the clergy as well as feedback on the retreat. The clergy have expressed their gratitude to the officers of the Synod, the DPC, and the Madras Diocese for organizing the retreat.

 

 



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