In the Journey of Formation, the Love of Christ Urges Us On….
In the Journey of Formation, the Love of Christ Urges Us On….is the theme chosen by the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol to orient itself for the formative year based on the Pastoral theme and the Year dedicated for the Consecrated Life. The Archbishop Patriarch, Filipe Neri Ferrao solemnly inaugurated the formative year 2017-18 on the 3rd of July, 2017, with the Eucharistic celebration followed by the cultural programme.
Six seminarians wore the cassock for the first time as they entered the process of formation at the Major Seminary. The Archbishop administered the Rite of Admission to Diaconate and Presbyterate for seven candidates doing their Fourth Year of Theology.
The cultural function began with the Seminary Orchestra, titled ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ a serenade of Mozart, arranged and conducted by Rev. Fr. Simon D’Cunha. An assembly of forty three seminarians played strings and brass instruments. The Rector, Rev. Dr. AleixoMenezes while officially welcoming the gathering, thanked and appreciated the valuable services rendered by Rev. Fr. Noel D’Costa and Rev. Fr. Mario Souza and welcomed the new members of the Staff, Rev. Fr. Agnelo Pinheiro and Rev. Fr. Ancy D’Cunha . He also informed that the count of the Seminarians for the year 2017-2018 is eighty-six.
Rev. Fr. Socorro Mendes, delivered the traditional LectioBrevise ntitled “Different Faces Of Love”. The Seminary Choir presented a choral piece titled ‘Be Thou My Vision’ by Mary E. Byrne, conducted by Rev. Fr. Simon D’Cunha.
Archbishop Patriarch highlighted that every Christian should live the present with passion by emphasizing the need to make Jesus as the one and only love, to be experts in communion and to cultivate caring leadership skills especially towards the poor and the marginalized. He also called each one to love and cherish one’s families and to reach out the families in distress. The compere for the day was Sem. Edwin D’Sa.
The important item of the inaugural day was the transplantation of the paddy in the fields by the seminarians and priests of the seminary, who were assisted by volunteer-women from Borda, Agalli, Gogol, Raia, Rachol and Shiroda.
From the Seminary News Desk