The Peace Centre was build in 2002 by the Archdiocese of Guwahati. The Peace Centre will go a long way not only in promoting peace, but also for bringing well-being in the region, the chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogai had said in his inaugural address. He also commended the creative efforts of Archbishop Thomas to the cause of peace in the region.
The five-floor Peace Centre is a symbol of the church’s commitment to peace in the Northeast India greatly disturbed by ethnic violence and political tension, said Archbishop. It is significant that Guwahati Peace Centre is inaugurated just three months after the proclamation of the Decalogue of Peace by the participants of the Prayer for World Peace held in Assisi with Pope John Paul II and representatives of various religious leaders, added Archbishop Thomas.
The Peace Centre offers the following services
Guwahati Gana Seva Social (GGSS)
The Social Service wing of the Archdiocese GGSS is at the service of our people with a particular focus on the less privileged of the society, helping them to improve their social and economic conditions. Equipped with trained and committed staff, the GGSS works with a vision of forming a just and self-reliant society based on values of peace, love and equality. This they try to achieve through providing training on leadership, education, community development, health and hygiene.
This service was started in 2002 with the objective of fostering personal growth among individuals and groups. The service includes one to one Counselling to anyone who is in need; 10-day Counselling Training Programme for beginners, Reach out programmes to different groups in the North East.
The Pauline Book Centre
Welcomes book lovers to its treasury of books, meant for different age groups and categories. The Centre makes available Greetings cards for various occasions; value-based audio Video Cds, DVDs. They include feature films as well as documentaries for home-viewing. The Pauline Book Centre is a part of the world wide network and has 13 Centres in various cities in India with its head office in Mumbai.
Offices of the North Eastern Regional Youth Commission (NERYC)offering assistance to Young students Movement (YSM), Young Christian Students (YCS), and the Archdiocese of Guwahati Youth Commission (DYC) renders various other services from here. They prepare young people to live amicably, promoting peace and justice, in a region often disturbed by violence. These Movements and Commissions help to promote creative leadership in young people, and thus enabling them to contribute to the building up of a better society.
Mass Media & Publications
Guwahati Newsletter is the bimonthly newsletter of the Archdiocese. It is a means of Communication link between parishes and various Institutions. The leaflets and booklets published from here carry a message of peace and collaboration as the name of the Centre denotes.
Welcomes anyone who wishes to spend some time in silence with their creator God.
Provides devotional materials useful for prayer.
The spacious hall at peace centre is often a venue for inter-religious prayers meetings, seminar on communications and similar programmes. Through rendering different services, all the activities carried out from and through this peace centre aim at spreading the message of love, peace and unity and the development of the society.