Joy Village, much like Heart Space, is both an inner space and an outer place. It is both the expansive space out of which our creativity, wisdom, and compassion arise, as well as a community in Ebe, Nigeria centered on awakening the inherent capacity within each one of us to love and be loved and to come to know our true Self through compassionate service.
Joy Village’s founder, Father Charles Ogada, was born and raised in Nigeria and began to have unusual spiritual experiences from his childhood. After excelling as a top student at school, he decided to leave a potential career in medicine to pursue his work of loving service to humanity as a Catholic priest. Challenging religious conventions again and again, he brings a unique blend of Christianity and the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism, as displayed in his 2011 book The I Am Principle – The Christ Within. In addition to all of these accomplishments, his study of a wide variety of faith traditions combined with deep spiritual insight have led him to a personal commitment to interfaith understanding.
In 2010, Father Charles Ogada founded the Spiritan Self Awareness Initiative (SSAI), a non-profit humanitarian organization in Nigeria, with one primary goal: to adopt poor rural villages and co-develop them with community members into values-based caring communities, or Joy Villages using SSAI’s Triple Care Mandate.
With gratitude and love,