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!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

On your belly!

Fr Maliekal, leading by example, teaching the Brothers some exercises to reduce their pot-bellies!  Even at 53, he cycles to the substations for Masses and ministry. Fun to see him do the exercises with ease while young fellows, less than half his age struggle!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Marian Games or Marian war?

The traditional Marian month was inaugurated on July 16 with a small prayer immediately after Holy Mass in the morning.  The eagerly awaited Marian tournament was kick-started in the evening immediately after tea by Fr Neelam Ratna sdb in the presence of the whole community.  With a simple pledge, lighting of the torch and a couple of hymns to Our Lady, the month long intense games were inaugurated.  The special and action-packed month ends on the feast of the Assumption of Mother Mary, August 15.

The evening was a special square ball game conducted by the Youth Alive group.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recollection preached by a new priest

The second monthly recollection of the academic year was animated by Fr Neelam Ratna sdb, a confrere who recently joined the apostolate at Don Bosco Nava Jeevan, Vizag.  The recollection was on July 16, 2013 and the theme chosen by Fr Ratna was the sacrament of Reconciliation.

The following day, Fr Ratna, being a newly ordained priest (date of ordination: June 25, 2013) presided over the community Holy Eucharistic celebration. He expressed his joy at being present here in the community, especially amidst his former formators and exhorted the Brothers to make the most of this formative period.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Deacon Andreas and family

On July 11, 2013 the family of Rev. Andreas, a permanent deacon from Austria, paid the community a visit. He was accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth, his daughter, Magdelene (a former volunteer at Nava Jeevan, Vizag) and her friend Sabina.  They were accompanied by the former administrator of the house, Fr E. J. Mathew.

The Brothers had some time to interact with Deacon Andreas on Friday night and get to know this 'new' vocation, in person!

Monday, July 8, 2013


Manifold are the ways to taste the reality,
To discover new things and imbibe its vitality;
Myriad are the ways to equip self with fact,
Learning is the best among all to gather facts.

Learning is the art of understanding and reaching enlightenment,
This art is not limited to any school or college;
Learning is making the outer world, part of inner self,
And making us smart at wondering and being humble before the greatness.

Learning is a friend which rescues us from the fetters of pride,
Helps us speak out and not restrict us to being dumb;
Learning keeps us witty and wise,
Keeping us from rusting, retaining our price.

Learning is key to loyalty, gentleness and faith,
To a better world it is the only gate;
Learning makes us unlike brutes or robots,
Rather turns beasts to men and men to sages.

Our seminary stands as a temple of the same learning,
Here opportunities are given for earning learning,
sheeps turn into shepherds of flocks,
and fishermen into fishers of men
Re-establishing Christ, removing blocks to growth.

Let us rise, dust the mats of our brains,
Leave route of failure, walk in vistas of excellence;
The more we toil now, the more will we gain,
Today's learning will never go in vain.

Br Allam Manoj (II course)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

B'day celebrations of Fr Wilson

On July 6, 2013 Saturday, the community celebrated the b'day of Fr Wilson. Morning Mass and an hour of felicitation prior to lunch.  The neighbouring communities too participated in the get together, and the lunch thereafter.  The b'day Mass was celebrated in the morning itself and was animated by the Rainbow group.

Fr Wilson was thankful to God and the Community for all the blessings bestowed on him, now and every day.  He asked the Brothers to continue making the best of what comes our way.  Among the programmes put up by the Brothers, the skit of the second course, conceived and directed by P. Kiran was worth its time and effort.  Vincent, of the first course, read the b'day address, with some live still and the OCD Brothers too put up a rather good dance to begin the get-together.  The others too chipped in with their performances.

Here are some of the photos...