REPORT OF THE ANNUAL RETRAT FOR THE SEMINARIANS OF THE THEOLOGY COURSE
In order to be spiritually enriched throughout the formative year, the seminarians participated in the annual retreat from 16th to 22nd July, 2017. The seminarians were accompanied on this spiritual journey by Rev. Fr. JoaquimFernandes, SVD.
Fr. Joaquim dealt on the topics which would enrich the seminarians in their formative journey and would be of great help in the future pastoral ministry. ‘The love of Christ urges me on’, ‘God’s unconditional love’, ‘Jesus as a model for our life’, ‘Sinfulness: distancing from God, others and ourselves’, ‘Forgiveness’, ‘Inner self’, ‘Community life’ and ‘Mary as our model of discipleship’ were the themes that were reflected upon. Fr. also assisted in a session of healing of the inner child.
The day’s schedule included 2 input sessions, the Eucharistic Celebrtion and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The seminarians spent time in scilence and reflection with the Lord. The sacrament of reconciliation was also part of the retreat programme.
The retreat has given a boost to the seminarians as they journey on in this formative year.
REPORT OF ANNUAL RETREAT OF PHILOSOPHERS
The Annual Retreat was preached, to the philosophers, by humble and soft spoken, Rev, FrAmandio Valadares the parish priest of Tilamol, in this retreat he shared almost his whole life (42 years ) experience of his priesthood, and his spirituality.
His topics were very simple and down to earth, he used very simple stories and jokes which made talks, more enriching. FrAmndio focused more on prayer and spoke about the Our Father, outline of the Bible and on penance. Throughout the retreat he emphasized upon learning of a seminarian and asked us to learn and study, as much as possibly can, because in the parish we won’t get time for the same.
He said priestly life is more peaceful than any other life, but there are more temptation. While choosing to be priest is not our decision, it is God’s Call.
For the retreat we had six groupsprepared and organized liturgical and par liturgical services. The groups helped the seminarians to participate actively in retreat and by being creative in paraliturgical and liturgical services. More time was given to for personal prayer, and it was well appreciated that helped all to grow in a loving relationship of Christ.