Thursday, July 27, 2017

Skit Competition

 On 24 July, 2017 is been another great day in the  Marian Month. Today, Mother Teresa group conducted skit competition. There are four groups which have partaken in this event. They are Youth alive, Mother Teresa, Rainbow and Suvartha Sunadham. The judges for this competition was Frs Jose D. Maliekal, Jose K. and Br Ravi Kotte. This skit competition lasted for an hour. The winners of this competition were Rainbow with 83 points and Suvartha Sunadham stands second with 76. It has been great joy to the community to bring out the hidden talents of brothers during this month. We called it a day by prayer.
Through Mary to Jesus

Thursday, July 20, 2017

 Solo Singing Competition
 As we had begun our Marian Month on 15 July, 2017-18

Today, we had Solo Singing Competition as part of Marian Month’s Plan. It is been one of the first successful competition. It is very soothing to listen to the singing of the brothers. There are 30 brothers participated in this competition. Br Christopher stands first in this competition.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Inauguration of the new Academic Year – 2017-2018
 St John’s Regional Seminary
At Kondadaba

 “That You may Know the Truth of All Things” an inspiring words on the altar give conducive atmosphere to come to the altar of God to magnify the gift of this gifted life. It is a great moment to every one of us present in St John’s Regional Seminary Kondadaba. Our joy doubled by the presence of His grace Most Rev Dr Polimera Jaya Rao D.D. the Bishop of Yelluru. The Inaugural Mass began at 09:15 am in St John’s Regional Seminary Chapel at Kondadaba. Fr Jeevan Babu Parish Priest of Kondadaba participated in the Inaugural Mass. Then we had a short felicitation programme for the Bishop in the auditorium. Fr Jose K. the Vice-Rector of the Seminary welcomed the gathering by officially welcoming  Fr Maliekal Jose the Principal of the St John’s Regional Seminary and Bro.  Kotte Ravi new Assistant.

There was  Hymn to Holy Spirit by the brothers it brought a prayerful atmosphere all over the campus. Then short felicitation to His Grace Most Rev Dr Polimera Jaya Rao D.D. as a token of our great reverence and respect. He appreciated and congratulated Award winners by distributing the prizes. Fr Maliekal Jose principal of St John’s Regional Seminary read the Academic Report of  the previous year 2016 -2017. His Grace Most Rev Dr  Polimera Jaya Rao D.D. spoke to Philosophy Brothers that every opportunity you enjoy here is to form yourself an intellectually and spiritually for tomorrow‘s fruitful ministry, one way it is ultimately to reach out your destiny. After the programme a delicious lunch was prepared for all those who came for the programme. Finally the programme came to an end by wishing each other.   

Monday, January 27, 2014

Visit of Bp Udumala Bala

Here are a few photos of the visit of Bp Udumula Bala, the Episcopal delegate of the APBC for the major Seminaries during his maiden visit to the Seminary on January 26, 2014.

He arrived on January 26, 2014 the Republic day in the evening, after having given his solemn blessing at the end of the 3rd day novena Mass in preparation for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Kondadaba. The Brothers put up a short programme welcoming him and Br Thomas Reddy, the former Provincial of the Gabriel Brothers who was accompanying the Bishop.

After supper he met the staff and the following morning presided over the Holy Eucharistic celebration for the Community.

During the sermon he exhorted the students to Grow into Christ and be men ready to take on the challenges of the world as effective minister of the Kingdom above.

After b'fast he addressed the three courses, separately and left before mid-day for Vizianagaram. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunshine, at last!

After seven full days of rain not a bit of sunshine we had our first rays of sunshine in eight days this morning.  The past week was all rain and clouds, not one ray of sunshine we had.  Well for some parts of the world this may not seem anything odd or strange, but this has never been in Andhra Pradesh.

Rain has been pouring rather steadily all week long.  That was the only saving grace. If only it was torrential, then it would have been catastrophic.  As of today, there is water everywhere.  The ground is all wet and unable to soak in any more water.  Neither can it flow anywhere because all low lying areas are already under water.  Some parts of the Seminary which never got drenched by flowing water, are now submerged!  Our open well is so full that we can draw water with our hands!  The well is almost 80 feet deep.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Independence day

The community commemorated the Independence day of our motherland India in a grand and meaningful style on August 15, 2013.  Soon after the special Mass, there was the flag hoisting ceremony well prepared and conducted by the Mother Teresa group members.  Besides the flag hoisting by Fr Wilson Jose, the Principal, the group put up a song and a dance in honour of our country.  Br P. Kiran delivered the message for the day and Br Jerome recited a self-composed poem.  Br K. Balaraj was the MC for the programme.

Conclusion of the Marian Month 2013

Here's the concluding ceremony, Rosary Service of the Marian month, animated by the Mariadalam members...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

General Knowledge Quiz Competition

On August 14, 2013 the college participated in the annual quiz competition.  The students were divided into five groups as per the four growth groups and the OCD Brs forming the fifth group.  The quiz was prepared and conducted by Fr Wilson Jose, the Principal with assistance from the Rainbow group members.

The quiz that lasted nearly 2 hrs covered the most important aspects of politics, religions, history, Bible, and of course, current affairs. It was made alive by audio and video clippings and presentations.  Suvartha Sunadam beat the other teams to win the prize and Mother Teresa group secured the second place.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Marian Nite

On August 9, 2013 we celebrated the Marian Nite, the traditional night of fun and learning dedicated specially to Mother Mary, as part of the ongoing Marian month.  It was fun with the four growth groups competing with one another for the top spot in the various activities that were conducted in honour of Mother Mary.  There were jumbles, songs, actions hymns, skits, spot the Lady, decoding messages, dances, salutes, races and antakshrees!

We started at 9 pm and took complete 2 hrs to wrap it all up.  All in all it was good and enjoyable. The Mother Teresa group came out first, closely followed by Youth Alive. Fr Maliekal, the Rector was present with the Brothers all the while, encouraging them with his presence and sharp observations. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Marian talks

Here's the photo of those Brothers who volunteered to deliver a Marian talk during this Marian month... and indeed did a very good job.  They not only scripted the talk but even delivered it with elan and devotion.  The talks were a good mix of study, reflection, personal life and of course, devotion. Congratulations to these young men...
John Rakesh, Jerome, Ch. Jagan, K. Balaraju, Y. Alphonse, Y. Sudhir, K. Sunil and K.M. Joseph (missing in the pic: V. Solomon)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Course activity

Students, the first years, engrossed in a group discussion as part of their Philosophy class.  The first years are 27 in all, of whom 2 are OCDs coming for classes daily from their monastery at Pendurthi. The rest 25 are resident in the Seminary itself and hail from the different dioceses of Andhra Pradesh itself.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Feast of St Vianney

On August 3, 2013, the community celebrated the feast of John Mary Vianney, the patron of priests, especially diocesan Priests.  The Holy Mass was animated and officiated by Fr Dara Balaswamy, the spiritual director.
It was more of a three day celebration with the community going out for a cycle picnic cum mountain climbing on the previous day and the solemn self-cooked meal (prepared by the Brothers themselves, while the cooks took a day off) the following day.

 The Offertory procession...

 Fr Maliekal, the Rector, venerating the decorated statue of St Vianney.
This relaxed celebration was made possible by the postponement of the new Priests day, which is normally coupled with the Vianney feast day celebrations. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Picnic-Mountain climbing!

On August 2, 2013 the community took a day off for a cycle picnic to a nearby hill.  Not only did everyone cycle till the hill at Chintalapalem (nearly 9 kms one way) but also climbed to the top of it!  The best part of the picnic was the climb and the descent too! There was absolutely no trodden path leading up or down the hill, each one was to make his own way through the bushes and brambles!  Everyone spent the next two days 'excavating' embedded thorns and twigs in our legs and hands!

Once down the hill, we took time to cycle up to the nearby icecream factory, named Sheetal icecream.  Mr Raju, the owner treated us all to a special icecream, free of cost. His only fee: sincerely pray for peace!