Inaugural Function Report

Jubilation at Rachol Seminary

“Called to be compassionate shepherds and not managers” exhorted the Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão at the annual inaugural function of the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol, on the 3rd of July. The theme of the celebration was “From Family, through the Seminary, to society” (Kuttumbant thaun, siminarintlean, somazak). The Eucharistic celebration was held to seek God’s blessings at the beginning of the formative year, the admission of the candidates for the diaconate and priestly ordination and the vestation ceremony of the 10 new entrants to the seminary, who wore cassock for the first time.  The mass was concelebrated by 21 priests. The new members are Carvalho Anthony, Correia Ashliff, Coutinho Reuben, D’Costa Tyson, D’Costa Mowin, Dias Ceasar, Fernandes Afzal, Fernandes Gizan, Fernandes Movin and Oliveira Prinson.

The inaugural function began with the solemn Eucharistic celebration followed by the cultural programme.  The Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Dr. Aleixo Menezes welcomed the gathering and gave a glimpse into the life of the seminary. Fr. Rector welcomed Rev. Dr. Socorro Mendes as the member of the resident staff and Professor of Moral Theology. He thanked Rev. Fr. Donato Rodrigues for his dedicated services as a Professor of Moral Theology. Fr. Rector informed that the Seminary Community consists of 12 resident staff members and 83 seminarians.

The traditional Lectio Brevis “The Human Family Through The Prism Of The Biblical Treasury” was ably delivered by Fr. Simiao Fernandes, Professor of Sacred Scriptures and Biblical Greek. He primarily focussed on the Family in the Bible and drew inspiration for us from the Holy Family of Nazareth, to live as committed members of the family.

The Archbishop very tenderly called upon to nurture the spirituality of the Evangelizing Community.  This spirituality consists of having a personal intimacy with Jesus Christ, a passion for mission, oriented to the Kingdom of God and a commitment for communion.

Besides the liturgical singing, the Turkish March by Beethoven and Handel’s Lift up your Heads spiced the function under the direction of Fr. Simon D’Cunha. The function concluded with the agape meal. The compere was Sem. Savio D’Silva.