The Human Life Centre, Bhubaneswar, was started in January 1981 by Rev Fr William Petrie, sscc, an American priest of the congregation of the Sacred Heart. The best way to describe it and the concept behind it is, “To promote Personal, Inter Personal and Community Growth.” This is the purpose of any activity at this centre. It is a collaborative effort which brings together local communities, irrespective of caste or creed; all groups to participate in the activities and can even join in its administration through the governing body.
It began small. A Reading room and a small library were opened in a rented house at 20 Satyanagar. In 1983, it was moved to 1 Satyanagar, by the side of the main Janpath Road it remained until 1st November 1987, when it was shifted to the new building constructed on the North West corner of the St Joseph’s School campus, becoming an educational extension of St Joseph School.