Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fr P. Arul Das SDB - First Mass

On the 24th of June, the feast of John the Baptist, the community Mass was presided over by Fr Pitchaimuthu Arul Das SDB... this being his first Mass here at St John's Kondadaba after his ordination in the month of December 2010. Fr Arul Das served here as the regent in the year 2004-2005. During the homily he exhorted the students to become aware of the spiritual mission awaiting us as per God's plan. To fulfill this, he proposed that each one ought to do the necessary preparation, be humble and thus be the voice to the voiceless. After communion he thanked the staff members (each of whom was a formator of his in his early stages of formation) and the Regent, Br Satish for their invitation and hospitality. After Mass, which was animated by the Suvartha Sunadam and Vidya Jyothi groups, Fr Arul was felicitated with a small gift in the dining hall. He was also kind enough to share his expertise on a few personality development traits, especially time management, with the students during the fourth hour of the day. Presently Fr Arul is the assistant Parish Priest and administrator at Bosco Ashram, Ponnur (Guntur district). He completed his theology at KJC, Bangalore.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Inauguration of another 'warfare'

"Today you commence another innings in your warfare against sin and ignorance here at St John's Kondadaba," were the words of Fr Karnam Joji Babu, the Vicar General of the archdiocese of Visakhapatnam, who officiated the Holy Mass and the programme at the Inauguration of the academic year 2011-2012 on June 15, 2011. Emphasing the need to own up formation and acquire the necessary tools to help in the warfare, Fr Joji Babu exhorted the students to grow in their Priestly vocation. Quoting often St Cyprian, he challenged the students to eliminate sin rather than get enslaved to it. To this end he recommended fasting, obedience and prayer as the most efficacious means.

Later speaking during the short inaugural session, Fr K.T. Jose, the Rector of the Seminary, welcomed the gathering and highlighted some of the special aspects of this year: the silent but generous presence of Br Behera Sateesh (of the diocese of Srikakulam) as the Regent of the Seminary, the new collaboration with the OCDs through the Seminary being the study house of their students for Philosophy and BA. Fr KT Jose specially welcomed the 9 students and the two Priests who would be part of the academic life of the Seminary while staying at Pendurthi and the other 23 first year students.

Fr Wilson Jose, the Principal presented the annual report and recalled to mind the significant events of the previous academic year using text and photos. Six students were awarded prizes for proficiency in their Philosophical studies last year. From the first year batch it was K. Thomas, K. Tony and T. Vijay while from the second years it was A. Syam, P. Chaitanya and M. Dileep who stood first, second and third respectively in their own classes. Besides this there was also the lighting of the lamp and a song lead by Br M. Naresh and his group. The vote of thanks was proposed by Br Kamalesh.

The total number of students this year is 84 (73 diocesans and 2 MSFS resident at SJRS, Kondadaba and 9 OCDs who would be day scholars for Philosophy and BA from Pedurthi). As of now, there are four on the staff: Fr KT Jose (Rector), Fr Wilson Jose (Vice-Rector and Principal), Br Vincent Castilino (Dean and Administrator) and Br Behera Sateesh (Regent).

Report filed by Br K. Tony (II Course)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maiden Recollection of 2011-2012

The Community gathered in prayer on the first day of the new academic year 2011-2012 through a day of monthly recollection on June 13, 2011. To animate the community, Mr Claudius Rosario and his wife Mrs Maria, parishners of Buchirajpalem Parish were present with us for the day. Besides the community proper, the 9 OCDs who for part of the college this year onwards too were present in their habit. It was a sight to see the 9 habits, 2 cassock amidst the Diocesan Brothers.

Beginning with a long session of praise and worship, the two animators helped the community seek the Lord's presence and savour it prior to launching out into the various hectic activities of the year. They also animated the adoration in the evening. Frs Peter Sebastian, Fr Anithottam, Fr Prasad and Fr Ratnakar were gracious and generous enough to spare their time for facilitating the sacrament of reconciliation.

Fr Peter Sebastian, the Parish Priest of Buchirajpalem, presided over the Holy Eucharistic celebration. The recollection concluded with the celebration of the Holy Mass at 6.30 pm.