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Our Lady of Salvation Church - Dadar - Mumbai - INDIA

Christian Meditation in the Parish

Christian Meditation in the Parish.


It was in November 2000, at the visit of Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB to Mumbai that a significant interest in Meditation was expressed. About 80- participants attended his two day seminar at the Retreat House, Bandra. Fr. Laurence had previously been visiting India at the invitation of Fr. Joe Pereira to Kripa Foundation.  Between 2000 and 2004 a concerted effort was made to introduce the practice to those interested. In January 2004 we were able to invite Fr. Laurence again this time for a week. He addressed the Clergy at a specially convened Clergy Meeting in the presence of the then Archbishop Ivan Dias. He spent an evening addressing a gathering of Religious at Mt. Mary’s Basilica, conducted a two –day programme for the Seminarians at St. Pius X College, Goregaon and introduced the practice of Christian Meditation to the general public in two parishes. – Mount Carmel’s and our own parish of Our Lady of Salvation. Fr. Joe is now responsible for Christian Meditation in the diocese and the National Coordinator for India.

As a consequence of this, we held a 6 week introductory programme on Christian Mediation in the parish in April 2004.  A meditation group was formed with the approval and encouragement of the parish priest at the request of many of the participants of the programme.

The meetings were initially held in the Parish Hall, but the need for an atmosphere of silence and practical difficulties led us to change the meeting place to the residence of Christopher Mendonca.

With the encouragement of Fr. Cleophas Fernandes the previous parish priest another introductory 6 week course was conducted in the Parish in Lent 2008 and a quiet place was provided for weekly meditation in the Baptistery of the Church after the Monday evening Mass. We were further encouraged by the present parish priest Fr. Aniceto Pereira, who has listed the meditation group as a parish unit and provided us a Conference Room in Seva Kendra where we meet every Monday evenings for a group meditation and to listen to the discourses of John Main and Laurence Freeman.

Christopher & Pansy Mendonca are the present co-ordinators of the group and Caesar & Jessie Godinho are the assistant co-ordinators. The meetings are held every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in Conference Room No. 2. from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME

Our Lady of Salvation Church
S.K. Bole Road,
Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028
Tel.No.: 24224471 / 24370180