Church center helps Muslim, Hindu couples

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Church, India, newsletter-india, Persecution, West Bengal

CoupleWest Bengal, November 2, 2011: A Church-based center in an eastern Indian diocese is helping people of other religions to lead a happy married life.

The Paribar Jyoti (light of the family) uses workshops, seminars and retreats to help couples remain faithful to each other.

Mohammad Golam Rasul Haldar, a Muslim who attended a weekend workshop, said it helped him “go deep into my relations with my wife.”

Haldar, a philosophy lecturer, and his wife joined three Hindu couples for the October 29-30 workshop at Dhyan Ashram, in Konchowki near Kolkata.

He said couple’s failure to openly discuss personal and other problems affect family stability.

Chandana Mondal, a Hindu woman, noted that marriages after long courtship break soon because the couples do not dare to clear misunderstanding with the other.

According to her open discussion would help couples to resolve their problems and live a happy married life.

Rupchand Baidya, a “fairly educated” Catholic said the workshops saved his family life that was on the verge of  collapse after two years of marriage. “The workshop helped us understand what caused the problems and strengthen our bond,” he told

Baidya said most marital problems crop up because spousal relationship, infidelity and misunderstanding but they could be resolved if the couples discuss them and challenge each other.

Baidya now helps organize the Christian Life Communities in his parish.

Father Pradeep Roy, who directs the center, said marriages now break down at slightest provocations, and the center tries to strengthen the bond of union between couples.

Started in 2001, the center coordinates the activities of the diocesan family commission.

It helps some 100 couples in a month through week-end workshops, couples’ retreat, and recollections for people of all faiths, the priest said.

He said the center draws more couples from other religions. The Catholic, he noted, are slow to respond to these issues.

The 66-year-old priest blamed family problems for domestic violence and human trafficking.

Father Roy told that he was inspired to take up the mission when he saw broken families at a juvenile home that he visited as a seminarian.

He gave his first retreat for couples in 1970.

– julian s das, konchowki

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