The Jesuit staff at Dhyan Ashram
Dhyan Ashram Jesuit Community is one of the largest in the province. Most of the members are our young Juniors, immediately after their first profession. A seniors community of seven Jesuits cater to the different ministries of the house. All belong to the Calcutta Province.
Fr Sunny Kunnel, SJ
Director of the Retreat House and Superior of the Jesuit Community of Dhyan Ashram. Fr Sunny is from Kerala, and has a Doctoral degree in Biblical Theology. He is a much sought after retreat director and Theology professor. Fr Sunny is also the Province Coordinator for Formation.
Fr Irudaya Jothi, SJ
Director of Dhyan Ashram Retreat House and Minister of the community. Fr Irudaya Jothi is from Tamil Nadu. He has a Master's degree in Social Work has been actively involved in people's movements for many years, especially in the Right to Food movement.
Fr Sajeev Painunkal, SJ
Director of Novices. Fr Sajeev hails from Kerala and has a Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Chicago. He has been involved in Jesuit formation and Retreat and Counseling ministries for several years.
Fr I. Vincent Patrick, SJ
Dean of studies of the Juniorate. Fr Patrick is from Tamil Nadu, and has a Masters degree in teaching English as a foreign language from London. Before this he was the Principal of St Xavier's School, Durgapur.
Fr Jinesh Sebastian, SJ
Socius (assistant) to the Director of Novices and administrator of Dhyan Ashram campus. Fr Jinesh hails from Kerala. He joined the Society of Jesus after completing his degree studies. Later he obtained a Master's degree from Loyola College, Chennai.
Sch Oscar Daniel Raj, SJ
Teacher and minister in the Juniorate. Scholastic Oscar is a young Jesuit in formation. He hails from Tamil Nadu, and has just completed a Masters degree in English Literature from St Xavier's University, Kolkata.
Fr Pierre Jacob, SJ
Spiritual Father of the Juniors. Fr Pierre is from Belgium, and has been living in India for the last 45 years as a Calcutta Jesuit. He has been involved in Jesuit formation from the Novitiate till the tertianship. He is also a much sought after retreat and spiritual director.