11th National Conference of Prison Ministry India was conducted from 22nd to 25th Oct. 2014 at Divine Retreat Centre, Faridabad, Delhi
The theme of the conference was “changing hearts, transforming lives and impacting the world”“Our chief Guest was Archbishop Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio inaugurated the National Convention. Special Guest of Honor was Justice Cyriac Joseph, National Human Rights Commission Member. In his speech he appreciated the works of Prison Ministry India and congratulated Fr. Sebastian the National Coordinator for his untiring works to spread and continue this work. The Presidential Address was given by Most Rev. Anil Joseph Coutu, Archbishop of Delhi. Then Most Rev. Bp. Peter Remigius, Chairman of Prison Ministry India gave the Voice of the Patron. Felicitations were given by: Rev. Fr. Brian, President of ICCPPC, Msgr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan VG, Faridabad Diocese, Rev Fr. Varkey Parekkatt S.J, Provincial, Rev, Sr. Sobel S.H., Provincial, Rev. Fr. Varghese Karippery, Co-Founder of Prison Ministry India, Rev. Fr, Francis Kodiyan, Co-Founder of Prison Ministry India, Rev, Fr. Josekutty Kalayil, Formar National Coordinator, Rev. Fr. John Puthenpurackal, Director of Divine Retreat Centre.
Thus the three days convention was attended by 476 prison ministry volunteers. Dr. Kiran Bedi, the first IPS officer was also present in one of the days for enlightening the group. There were many sessions on various topics connected with prison ministry. There were many sharing sessions of different volunteers. We had general body meeting and formed the new national executive members. Thus the participants witnessed for the first time the participation of members of International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care for national convention. All the participants may ever cherish the good memories of 11th national conference in their prison ministry life.
Fr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan
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