God our Father wants all His children to live with Him and has planted us temporarily on earth only to get fit for Heaven. Towards this He has put in place an amazingly efficient and effective process to enable all shades of humans to become fully divine if they chose to. To clearly understand the available aids and avoidable pitfalls, the author offers a unique 12-month course on DIVINITY. While universities use the term ‘divinity’ synonymously with ‘theology’, it means different things to different people and some of the most common definitions or descriptions include: Godlike nature, holiness, righteousness, goodness, saintliness, humanism, etc. As used here, ‘divinity’ means, ultimate fitness to live with God in heaven. The course is meant to equip with in-depth knowledge, those who believe that they are called by God to be extended arms of Jesus in enlightening the world and saving fellow humans. These are some of the salient features:

  • Biblical, holistic and based on Catholic doctrines and beliefs
  • Currently limited to Tamil Nadu and Bangalore city and offered in Tamil or English according to participants’ choice
  • Minimum group size – 12 persons, who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are at least 18 years old
  • One session per month of duration 90 – 120 minutes
  • Methodology: lively interactive talks and group discussions, sandwiched with fellowship refreshments and action songs
  • Specially designed skits and games to enable deep understanding and appreciation
  • 2 – 4 session-free months to accommodate demands of exam season, Christmas time & summer vacations
  • One outbound residential session to cover missed topics over one and a half days at a serene location or hill station
  • Cost: only actual expenses to be managed by participants themselves towards refreshments, faculty travel and outbound travel, stay and food plus Rs.200 for printed course material. Rough estimate Rs. 1000 — 2500 per person.
  • Ecclesiastical approval and endorsement:
  • Pitcharan is an active and committed member of my Diocese who has been voluntarily giving ‘Adult Catechism’ training to our youth for a few years now. He has recently developed a course on Divinity which is about ‘getting fit to live with our Father in Heaven’. The content for this course has already been published as a book earlier this year (THE NARROW WAY, ISBN 978-1-4828-4756-7), after being granted Imprimatur by me. I am pleased to endorse and recommend this course which is now being conducted by him in some of our Parishes.

    + Rev. Dr. Lawrence Pius, DD
    Bishop of Dharmapuri.
    8th July, 2015.