The Annual Valedictory Function and the Awarding of Certificates was held at Visvadeep, Institute for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, on March 19, 2010. The outgoing MTh and the Diploma students who completed their courses in Faith Education and Youth Ministry were felicitated during the programme.

Very Rev. Paul Puthanangady (Episcopal Vicar for the Religious of Bangalore who represented His Grace Most Rev. Bernard Moras, the Archbishop of Bangalore) and Rev. Fr.Thomas Koonan (Vice-Provincial of SDB Bangalore) were the guests of honour. Rev. Fr. Anton Paul (Principal), Fr. Thomas Tharayil (Rector of the Sacred Heart Community), Fr. Gilbert Choondal (HOD of MTh), Fr. Sivy Koroth (Registrar), many staff members, and superiors of the neighbouring religious communities were present for the function.

Fr. Thomas Panakezham warmly welcomed the guests. Fr. Robin Azad from Jalandhar diocese led a Punjabi dance. This was followed by the annual report of the academic year 2009-2010 presented by Fr. T.C. George (Rector and Director). Fr.George opened his presentation with the words of the psalmist: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps 107:1). He humbly and gratefully recognized the loving Providence of God and thankfully acknowledged the service rendered to the institution by students and staff.

During the academic year 2009–2010 Visvadeep catered to the participants of four different courses: 1) MTh in Faith Education and Youth Ministry, a two year course, 2) Diploma in Faith Education and Youth Ministry, a six month course, 3) Basic Course in Theology of three months duration and 4) Audio-Visuals in Pastoral Ministry of one month duration. There were a total of 42 participants who came from various parts of India: 20 priests, 3 brothers and 19 sisters. The priests and brother hailed from 10 different dioceses of India and 4 religious congregations. The sisters belonged to 14 religious congregations. Besides these, 104 students participated in the summer programme conducted in the month of May 2009. Thus the total number of participants who passed out of Visvadeep during the year is 146.

Two short movies prepared by the students of the audiovisual course under the guidance of Fr. Bastin Nellissery SDB, the Unbreakable and Grave Warning were projected. The movies carried the powerful messages of the unbreakable bond of love between the mother and child and the horror of alcoholism. This was followed by words of gratitude from the students and message from Fr. Anton Paul (Principal, Kristu Jyoti College).

The second year MTh students were felicitated by Fr. Thomas Koonan and were offered a cross each as a symbol of being ‘sent out’ as Christ’s faith educators and youth ministers. Fr. Paul Puthanangady awarded the certificates to the Diploma students delivered the message. Fr. Shabu Thottumkal gave the vote of thanks. The programme concluded with tea.

May the service that Visvadeep renders in the name of the Salesian Congregation to the Church in India continue to be blessed by Our Lord and Saviour and be made fruitful by His Holy Spirit. May Mary, our Mother and teacher, assist us all in our endeavors as we continue to share the mission of her Son, Jesus.

Admissions Open for the Current Year (2010-11)
Admissions are open for the Diploma course, Formation of Faith Educators and Youth Ministers. The course starts on June 07, 2010 and ends on February 17, 2011. The month-long Audiovisuals in Pastoral Ministry begins on February 19th and ends on March 19, 2011.

For details please contact Fr. T.C. George (Director): 080 25618030; 09448815694; email – tcgsdb@yahoo.com.