Saturday, September 3, 2011

Episcopal Visit

On September 1, 2011 the Seminary was blessed by the gracious presence of Bp Gallela Prasad, the Bishop of Kadapa, for the Episcopal visitation of the Seminary. He was delegated for this official visit by Bp M.D. Prakasam, the Episcopal delegate of the APBC for major seminaries. Bp Prasad arrived in the morning and soon met the staff of the Seminary. He appreciated the delicate task being rendered by the Salesians of Don Bosco, of the Province of Hyderabad in their animating role and an efficacious presence in formation of the clergy of the dioceses of Andhra Pradesh. He also assured the community of representing the needs and concerns of the Seminary at the APBC meeting.

He then presided over the Eucharistic celebration and during his homily stressed the need to model one's life according to that of Jesus Christ the Chief Shepherd. Immediately thereafter there was a short felicitation programme followed by lunch in his honour. He then addressed the students for a while in the hall. He also made time to wish the domestic staff and the Brothers from Kadapa and Kurnool. He was accompanied on his trip to the Seminary by his good friend, Fr Christopher from the diocese of Srikakulam.

It would be good to note here that Bp Prasad was the confessor and Spiritual Director of this seminary for four years, and it was from here that he was appointed Bishop of Kadapa.

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