Socio Religious Centre (SRC) began as a centre for innovative service in the social and religious spheres of the life of the country. Managed by a core group of Jesuits, this centre collaborated with people to render meaningful service to human society. Situated in the ancient city of Calicut in Kerala, it seeks to study the needs of the times and serve these needs through scientific and innovative programs of reflection and action on a broad front of the social and religious life of India.
The activities of SRC consisted of seminars, camps, courses in scripture and theology, group dynamics, counselling, public speaking and communication, spoken English, and spirituality programmers like directed retreats, charismatic programmers, prayer seminars and inter-religious dialogue sessions. SRC became a centre for youth activities in the city, especially the university students. The Centre also initiated music and dance classes for children of the locality, which later developed into Talentsa Orchestra. The Sahrudaya Club which was started in 1960 by Fr Mathew Moozhiyil also came under the supervision and guidance of SRC.
From the beginning of the twenty first century, the focus of SRC programmes shifted more towards psychological and spiritual spheres. However, it must be added that right from the beginning of SRC, especially since 1976 when Fr. Jos Mekat joined SRC team, Personal Growth Workshops of eight to ten days were begun and were popular and still continue. In addition, there was a three months course once a year integrating psychology, social awareness and analysis, and Indian spirituality. After two or three years the three months were shortened to one month and christened Training in Counselling and Spiritual Direction.