"Ishvani Kendra, means ‘Centre for the Word of God’. It is the only one of its kind in India, perhaps also on the entire Asian scene. It aims to reflect upon and deepen the understanding of the concept of evangelisation, and communicate the Good News effectively. The beginnings of the centre can be traced back to the mid-seventies. Fr. Englebert Zeitler, a great visionary of the Indian church, , turned his attention to the area of mission studies and research which he felt was suffering from gross neglect for far too long Fr. Zeitler felt convinced that it was precisely the area in which he should make a lasting contribution. Ishvani Kendra was born of this realisation.
The foundation stone of the building was laid on 6 January 1979, significantly on the feast of Epiphany. Ishvani Kendra functions as a hub of radical new thinking and action, providing inspiration, coordination and assistance in the work of evangelisation to the missionary personnel labouring in the far flung areas of India and to some extent in the scattered pockets of Christian presence in the Asian continent. Today video albums-VCDs & DVDs for prayer and reflection are regularly produced and published by Ishvani Kendra every year.
The main activity of the institute consists in conducting short-term courses and seminars on topics of relevance to mission and communications. The communication department functions as a production and training centre for religious and social communications. While, Ishvani’s library, contains almost 36,000 volumes on topics related to mission and communications. The main focus is on mission theology, mission history, mass media, world religions, feminist ideology, tribal and dalit thinking and sociology. Ishvani Kendra also conducts research seminars on missiologically significant topics from time to time. Publication is another area of the centre’s interest. It publishes a journal entitled "Ishvani Documentation and Mission Digest The institute also provides extension services to dioceses and religious congregations looking out for resource persons to conduct renewal programmes.
Staff of Ishvani Kendra
Victor Sagayam (Superior & Director)
Edwin Vas (Communication in-charge)
George Crasta (Treasurer)
Mathew Kavukatt (Program co-ordinator)
Post Box 3003, Vadgaonsheri Road
Sainikwadi, Pune - 411 014
Tel : (020) 2703 3820 / 2703 3507
Email: [email protected]