Subodhana is the Regional Pastoral Centre of the Major Archdiocese of Ernakulam - Angamaly. The Centre is situated in Angamaly belonging geographically to the northern region of the major archdiocese and placed near Cochin International Airport. It serves as the centre for various activities of the major archdiocese in the regional level and stands as the venue open to public.
Subodhana Pastoral Centre was blessed and inaugurated by His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal George Alencherry in the presence of His Ex. Bp. Mar Sebastian Adayathrath and the later ordained bishop Very. Rev. Fr. Jose Puhenveettil (then Pro-vicar General) on 5th May, 2013. Its foundation stone was laid by His Ex. Bp. Mar Thomas Chakiath on 8th December, 2011. The Centre is built in the campus donated by late Rev. Fr. Joseph Mavunkal (1902-1995) under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Mathew Manavalan, being the procurator of the archdiocese and Rev. Fr. Shinu Uthuppan who also became the pioneering director of Subodhana.
It was a long cherished dream of the major archdiocese to start a common Centre in and around Angamaly to coordinate its diverse pastoral activities. For the whole Syro-Malabar Church and particularly for the major archdiocese, Angamaly is very unique because of its Catholic culture and historical roots. Major population and good number of parishes of the major archdiocese come under this north area. Subodhana is an easily accessible destination as it is just one kilometre away from Angamaly city and situates on the way side of National Highway 47.
In the mind of the major archdiocese, the name Subodhana stands as a treasure-house of imparting knowledge, inspiration and illumination to its faithful as well as to the public both in spiritual, social, cultural, educational and charitable fields. Subodhana believes that by lighting up the minds and lives of people with faith and wisdom, an enlightened Church and society can be slowly and steadily realized. In view of this, the Centre takes up pastoral orientation programs for priests, nuns and the Christian faithful to enable them to serve the Church and society in a better way. Subodhana organizes classes, conferences, seminars, spiritual retreats, short term courses and training programs and it provides and encourages public charity as well as social action with its benefits extending to all irrespective of caste, creed and gender and other barriers. Subodhana also maintains public library and book centre to quench the intellectual thirst of diverse readers. The name Subodhana has already become a synonym especially for laity leadership and empowerment through its visionary activities. Besides the Centre's own programs, major departments and associations as well as organizations of the major archdiocese conduct their meetings and particular events so often. To mention, Welfare Sevices of the major archdiocese functions its regional office from Subodhana centre.
At present, Subodhana has large, medium and small halls, class rooms and discussion spaces to hold various religious, socio-cultural programs of the Centre and the public. It provides homely food and other services to the participants. Subodhana catches every one's attraction with its beautiful landscapes and eco-friendly ambience.
Diploma Course in Theology
Theology Course which lasts for 9 months begins on Sept 6. This diploma course is affiliated to the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Aluva. Purpose of the course is to understand broad field of theological disciplines like Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Fundamental Theology, Church History, Canon Law, and Oriental Theology. Classes are held on ever Wednesday from 6pm-8.30pm.
Diploma Course in Psychology & Counselling
8 months course in Psychology & Counselling begins on Sept 2. Aim of the course is introduce fundamental psychological theories and basic counseling skills. Features of basic psychology, personality assessment methods, basic & advanced counselling tips, personality development skills, family counselling will be dealt as during the course. We have classes on every Saturday from 2.30pm-5.30pm.
Yoga & Health Retreat
New batch of yoga commences on Sept 11. Heath retreat takes place on 8th, 9th, 10th of Sept from 6pm-9pm. Yoga master Rev. Fr. Peter Thiruthanathil animates sessions.