Saturday, August 6, 2011

New Priests' Day 2011

"This Seminary has given us love and here we are to offer this Eucharist and return back the same love," were the words of Fr Manoj, on the occasion of the New Priests' Day on August 5, 2011 at St John's, Kondadaba. It was the day on which the whole community rejoiced with and for the ten New Priests (of the 26 who were ordained this year) of the batch of 2003-2006.

The day long celebration began with the Holy Eucharist in which the staff along with the new Priests celebrated the joy on the commemoration of the feast of St John Mary Vianney. Immediately after the Mass, there was a well orchestrated cultural programme during which the new Priests were felicitated. Fr Wilson welcomed the guests for the celebration and Fr K.T. Jose (who began his 9 year term of Rectorship with this batch) highlighted the theme of the day: Be Jesus, Share Jesus (a quotation of Bl. Mother Teresa). Each of the three courses made a well prepared song-dance presentation. The address to the newly ordained was given by the Vidya Jyoti and Suvartha Sunadam group, so was a song too as the concluding of the felicitation.

The real learning and touching moment of the day was the frank sharing of the new Priests. Each of them, shared what and how the Seminary, especially Fr Rector, played a key role in their formative years. Every member in the hall was all ears to their heartfelt sharing. Besides the many good things and experiences they shared, something which they unanimously agreed upon was that this Seminary offered each student equal and abundant opportunities to shine out in various fields. For this Fr K.T. Jose was specially thanked and appreciated. They also offered the community a gift - a 3D picture of Christ.

The sumptuous lunch followed the programme and later each Diocesan group spent some time with the Priests from their respective dioceses. The finale of the day was the challenging basketball match wherein the new Priests, with a bit of assistance from their beloved Rector, just narrowly defeated the Seminarians!

Text: Br M. Banu
Photos: Br T. Kamalesh

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