Fr. Benjamin A. Vima, the author of this book, is a diocesan priest for forty-three years. He had his priestly formation at St. Paul’s Seminary, India, run by the Jesuits during his time. He is now working as an international priest, incardinated to the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Besides his diplomas in philosophy and theology, he holds two master’s degrees, one in religious communications and media from the Loyola University of Chicago and the other in development theater communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He too underwent the DMin program of Oral Roberts University, Tulsa.
While serving as pastor in different parishes both in India and USA, he served as the founder and the first executive director of Sathangai, an archdiocesan center for Catholic communications in Madurai, South India. He is a liturgical and social music composer and publisher. He has produced and published many volumes of Tamil liturgical hymns under the title Isaithen.
A People’s Theatre: For Community Development in Tamilnadu, India was his first book, which was to be used as a guide for all development theater workers in India. He has published four books in recent years: My Dear Ecclesia, a compilation of his Letters for Parish Weekly bulletins; Sonday Sonrise, homilies for Sundays and solemnities for years ABC; Daily Dose for Christian Survival, a daily scriptural meditation and spiritual medication; and Prayerfully Yours, Quality Prayer for Quality life.
At present, Father Vima serves as pastor at Sacred Heart Church Parish, Skiatook, Oklahoma, USA.