Catechists' Training Centre - CTC Torai

Inter-Diocesan Pastoral and Catechetical Centre, CTC TORAI, since 1976


 Spirituality Centre - Jeevan Dhara

Land was acquired at Chotparua, near Raiganj and the building was completed in 1991 under the care of Br. Emmanuel Ainul SJ. Thanks to the pioneering spirit of Fr. Cecil Azzopardi and Br. Ainul, more land was acquired for the centre. Fr. Cecil Azzopardi took up his mission as the first Director of Jeevandhara on 3rd January 1993. He began directing retreats at the Centre and giving recollections to religious in the parishes. Fr. Cecil was succeeded by other directors who did their best to enhance and deepen the Vision of the Spirituality Centre by offering to clergy, religious and faithful alike programmes for spiritual growth. Hence, in the course of the year Jeevandhara offered Ignatian retreats of one month or eight days, Inner Healing Retreats, Seminars, Charismatic Retreats, Spiritual Direction, and Counseling. In 1996 Frs Bernard Murmu, Director and Tom Kottackal teamed up at the centre and for a number of years conducted Inner Healing Retreats, Charismatic and Ignatian Retreats, seminars, counseling in Santali, Hindi and English for Priests, Religious, Sisters, Catechists, married Couples and other groups. Participants came from far and near, from Calcutta, Patna, Ajmer, Delhi, North East, Purnea, Dumka, Darjeeling, Bhagalpur, etc. 

Fr. Varghese Puthussery who became assistant director in 1998, preached charismatic retreats at the centre and in the parishes of various adjacent dioceses. An annual feature in the Jeevan Dhara schedule that has been running for years now is the month long Ignatian retreat for seminarians before theology. The Jesuits of Dumka-Raiganj Province hold their Province Days at the Centre in May, every year, and their annual province retreat during the Pujas holidays. At Present, Fr George Uthirakulam SJ is the Director of Jeevan Dhara and is ably helped by Frs K. C. Stephen, Thomas Kottackal, Varkey Chenakalayil and Br Anthony Lakra. Both at the centre and in parishes Biblical and Ignatian retreats to priests, religious, catechists and laity are preached.


 Spirituality Centre - Navjeevan

The first Bishop of Purnea, Bp. Vincent Barwa invited the Jesuits of Dumka-Raiganj Province to open a Centre at Purnea to serve the Diocese in the pastoral, spiritual and social fields. The building at Baghmara was inaugurated on 16th August 2007 by the second Bishop of Purnea, Bp. Angelus Kujur SJ. The Centre was given the name of 'Navjeevan' Spirituality Centre and Frs. Thomas Kuzhively and George Beck were assigned to it. The Spirituality Centre is slowly growing by offering regularly courses, seminars, and retreats for the faithful, religious and clergy of the Diocese. At present Fr. Ignacy Lazar SJ is the director of the spirituality centre.