17-20th December, 2017 at Navjeevan Renewal Centre, New Delhi
Province Development Directors (PDDs) from 19 Provinces and 2 Regions/Missions met for the 10th Annual Meet from 17-20th December at NRC, Delhi to deliberate on various issues in the context of GC-36 on discernment and justice with focus on greater collaboration and networking. The theme of the meet was Development & Sustainability.
An orientation programme for the new PDDs was scheduled in the morning hours from 09.00 to 1.00 PM. Fr. Jorge Serrano, SJ (Assistant Treasurer for Development Resources) has been accompanying the PDDs and was the main resource person who articulated the historical process and goals of setting development offices across the countries. He also explained the important role the PDDS can play in the development planning and resource mobilisation in their respective provinces. Fr. SijiNoorokariyil SJ, PDD Coordinatorexplained the evolving role of PDDS and shared about the good work done by some PDDs in their provinces.
The Meet formally began at 6.00 P.M. on 17th December with a warm welcome to the delegates by Fr. Jose Kuriakose SJ, PDD Delhi Province. Then, Fr. Siji shared the summary report of review of the roles and responsibilities of PDDs which followed by a group discussion and sharing by the participants. The day-2 proceedings began with a brief presentation by FR. Siji contextualising the meeting followed by a Message from Fr. Jeera (Provincial Delhi). Then, Fr. George Pattery (POSA)in his key note address highlighted the role played by Jesuits in the context of GC-36, various processes being underway like REGAE and Strategic Apostolic Planning. He appreciated the role played by Assistancy Development Office (ADO) working with different Provinces and Jesuit Institutions in giving shape to the 3-Pillars i.e.Non-Formal Education, Technical Education and Skill Development and Ecology and Environment in the whole South-Asian Assistancy.
The Core Committee members from the 3-Consultations on 3-Pillars shared the major outcomes and plans for the consideration of PDDs in supporting as well as promoting these Pillars in their respective provinces. The Jesuits working on Non-Formal Education have come together and formed a network called SANKALP for collaboration, learning and sharing as well as fund-raising. Similarly, the Technical Education Group has formed an institution called JESUITEC to further promote this pillar. The Ecology Group will come out with a Jesuit Name for networking and collaboration in near future.
Fr. Sannybhai, Coordinator, JESA presented the work and achievements of LOK Manch as a Jesuit promoted Network on people’s rights and entitlements. There is a lot to learn from the Lok Manch model and experience on networking and collaboration. Later on, Mr. Lourdes Baptista, shared the work done by Jesuits on 2-other priority areas of JCSA i.e. Migration & Refugees as well as Peace and Reconciliation.
The PDDs came out strongly to engage with the ADO on capacity building, learning and sharing, networking, collaboration and developing quality programmes to serve the poor and marginalised communities. It was proposed to undertake mapping of all programmes, Need Assessment and Baseline Studies, Communication Materials development and Resource Mobilisation to strengthen the 3-Pillars in all the Provinces based on needs.
By Manoj Pradhan