Divine Prayer Centre Gumto
|Address||Divine Prayer Centre, Gumto, P.B. No.1, Doimukh P.O., 791112, Papumpare Dt., Arunachal Pradesh, India.|
01. Fr. Eluvathingal Joseph - Finance Officer & Asst. Director
02. Fr. Menambadath Kuriakose - Superior & Director
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Prayer Centre, Gumto, is in Itanagar diocese in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It was established in the year 2008. Before our arrival, there were volunteers from Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor and they were conducting retreats once in a while and outreach programs in other places. Later on, Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyil invited us to start a retreat centre there. Provincial councilors, Fr. Romulus Nedumchalil and Fr. Varghese Menacherry were sent to make an on the spot study of the feasibility of a retreat centre there at the time of Rev. Fr. James Kallumkal, the Provincial Superior. Gumto was a filial church of Doimuk parish with the convenience for a priest to stay and there was a thatched hall for the stay of the people coming for retreats. The fathers met the Parish priest of Doimuk and the diocesan authorities and had discussions with them. They reported that making use of the available facilities there we could begin a centre on a temporary basis. Rev. Fr Augustine Kizhakkevalayil was appointed to that mission. Thus the first mission station of the Province in the North East was opened. There are about 75 families in Gumto, the filial of Doimuk parish and we are entrusted with their pastoral care. It is our retreat centre and we conduct retreats every month and there are one day prayer conventions, then first Friday night vigils and outreach programs are undertaken besides the parish activities.
It is a mission with lot of scope for spreading the word of the Lord. This state in the earlier days had put lot of restrictions on missionary activities and Christians as a whole were not encouraged but due to the efforts of lay missionaries supported by priests from Assam, Christianity made its way to Arunachal and is now flourishing. More than half the population is tribal and we work mainly among the Nishi tribe which is also the dominant tribe in the diocese, and during our retreats other tribes like Apatani, Adi, Galo do come but the majority who attend are Nishi people. Our presence is much encouraged by the priests in the diocese because other than spiritual conversion of the people, we are in a way helping to decrease the flow of Catholics to other denominations. We have a great role to play in the Church in Arunachal and by God’s grace we are trying our best to help the people.