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Jharna: Spring of Ignatian Spirituality

Posted on: 19 May, 2015

Modified on: 19 May, 2015



We all want to lead a purpose driven life. That is the reason we often ask questions like what do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, and my dreams for my future? But these self centered questions, focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. Job 12:10 says “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; every man’s life is in his power.” We have not created ourselves, so there is no way we can tell ourselves what we are created for. We cannot arrive at our life’s purpose by starting with a focus on ourselves. We must begin with God, our Creator. We exist only because God wills that we exist. We are made by God and for God. And until we understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.

Without an iota of doubt, I am sure of your wanting to lead a purpose driven life. This is where Jharna comes to your aid in empowering you to lead a purpose driven life. Jharna is a perfect place where you can invest your time to find God’s amazing plan for you- both here and now and for all eternity. Jharna means “spring” and this spirituality center would like to be a “spring” to persons who come nearer to this spring. Jharna was inaugurated in September 2008. It provides facilities for monthly recollections, group and individual retreats, spiritual and religious renewal programs as well as programs aiming at personal growth.

Jharna has Retreat Preachers as well as Spiritual Directors on staff to companion you on your spiritual journey. Fr. K.C. Philip is a Spiritual leader with vast knowledge on Ignatian Spirituality. He is specialized in Counseling and combines Eckhart Tolle in achieving one’s well-being. Fr. Sylvanus Kiro SJ- a known figure in Jesuit formation, rich with experiences in guiding Jesuit Tertians for many long years, is deep and solid in guiding Ignatian retreat. He brings in the refined experiences of his being in formation to the people who come to him. Fr. Deepak Toppo SJ takes the retreat based on Ignatian Spirituality. He hails from the Counseling background and makes use of it as tools in his accompaniment with the retreatants. Bro. Modestus Tirkey SJ serves Jharna as the Administrator and Bro. Jay Prakash Kullu SJ as Treasurer. Jharna is also served by Fr. Raymond Kerketta SJ, the Novice Master and Fr. Binod Toppo SJ, Socius to the novice master as per need and request.

Jharna dreams big in serving God and His people and feels happy and satisfied as it reviews the year 2014. Altogether there were 886 people who were served by Jharna through retreats, triduums, seminars and other activities.

Come! Come to Jharna! Attend a recollection, make a retreat, sit for meditation, we know that something will shift in you and you begin to live purpose driven life.

Ashirvad Novititate Namkum is also part of the Jharna Community. In fact, it is called Jharna-Ashirvad community.

Ashirvad Novitiate, Namkum came into existence in 1992 after the Ranchi Province handed over the administration of St. Stanislaus College (SSC), Sitagarha to the Hazaribag Province. SSC had been a common Formation House for ages with acres of cultivable land and fruit gardens – Novitiate, Juniorate and Tertianship. The Ashirvad Novices were accommodated in the renovated building of ATC. Late Fr. Joseph Minj, S.J. who was the Novice Master at the SSC Novitiate, Sitagarha, continued the task of the Novice Master. Fr. Linus Dungung, S.J., succeeded Fr. Joseph and then came Fr. Benedict Lakra, S.J., who continued in this office until 2012. On June 20, 2012, Fr. Raymond Kerketta, S.J., took over the task of the Novice Master. Ashirvad Novitiate was shifted from ATC to Jharna-Ashirvad in 2008. The big white building is situated in the eastern part of the ATC property, previously a litchi and mango grove.

The eastern wing of the Jharna Spirituality Centre building serves as the Novitiate. Fr. Binod Toppo, S.J. has been the Socius to the Novice Master since 2014. Fr. K.C. Philip, S.J. the Superior of the Community, teaches English to our Novices.