The fourteenth batch of the students of Philosophy from Don Bosco College Aluva graduated on the evening of 27 March, 2010. The batch of 24 students comprised of 20 Salesians from three provinces (Bangalore-14, Delhi-3, Kolkota-3), three sisters belonging to the Sisters of Destitute and one cleric from the Josephites of Murialdo. Of these, five attended the two year Philosophy course and the rest attended the three year B.A. cum Philosophy course offered by the college. While seven secured first class, thirteen got second class and four third class.

The ceremony was simple and presided over by Fr. Antony Narikkulam, the Rector of St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha. The Rector of Don Bosco College, Fr. Alex Kalathikattil welcomed the gathering and Fr. Previnth Joe Tony, the Principal of the college, presented the report of the academic year 2009-10. Fr. Antony Narikkulam delivered the keynote address, stressing the importance of Philosophy in the Catholic Church. Being a Theologian himself, he pointed out that Philosophy is necessary to bring out sound Catholic doctrines, which in turn would help fortify the Catholic faith. He based himself on the writings of the late Great Pope John Paul II. He did not hesitate to say, from his experience as a professor for 23 years, that clerics often study Philosophy only because it is a pre-requisite for priesthood. He went on to say that unfortunately very few priests use what they learn in their philosophy or theology to sustain the faith. He was also happy that sisters too were present among those who were being graduated. Fr. Antony Narikkulam distributed the diplomas to the graduates, and pointed out that those pieces of paper had no value if what they studied were not used to support faith.

The small crowd that had come to witness the ceremony then congratulated the excited graduates and after a cup of tea, the gathering dispersed.

Br. Kurisinkal Edwin SDB

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