The Annual Seminar of Kristu Jyoti College on the theme “The Priesthood: A Gift and A Challenge” commenced in a momentous inaugural ceremony at 9 a.m, on September 22, 2009, in the Kristu Jyoti Auditorium. The ceremony began imploring God’s blessing through a melodious and prayerful choir in Latin. The dignitaries on the dais were Fr. Anton Paul (Principal), Fr. Sivy Koroth (Registrar), Fr. Thomas Tharayil (Rector, Kristu Jyoti College), Fr. George Thannickal (Rector, Visvadeep) and Fr. Sumesh (MTh Capo and students’ representative). Fr. Anton Paul officially welcomed the gathering and declared the seminar open.
The following were the informative and enlightening presentations made by experts:
Situating the Catholic Priesthood – Rev. Fr. Dominic Veliath SDB
- The Ministry of a Priest in Mission Areas of India – Rev. Fr. Joseph Satyanand IMS
- The Priesthood and the Challenges of Post-modernity and Secularization – Rev. Fr. Tony Neelankavil
- The Priesthood: Solitude, Loneliness, Intimacy and Spirituality – Rev. Fr. Freddy D’Silva SJ
Another attraction of the seminar was a “Brains Trust” held in the afternoon session on the first day where four priests from different ministries answered to the questions of the audience from their own viewpoint. It was a much appreciated interactive session. The priests at the panel were:
Fr. Abraham Giri Raju – Representing a priest working as a pastor.
Fr. Ambrose Pinto SJ – A priest in the field of education.
Fr. Vineeth CMI – A priest who is an ashramite.
Fr. Thomas Pallithanam SDB – A priest working as a social activist.
On the afternoon of the second day there was a panel discussion where four people from different walks of life gave their image and impression of the priesthood. The panelists were a religious sister, a married man, a young boy and a young girl.
The culminating point of the seminar was the solemn Eucharistic Celebration on September 23, 2009, by his Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, Bishop of Mysore. There were more than fifty priests concelebrating with the Bishop. The Eucharist was made very experiential with the melodious choir, animated offertory, aarathy, etc. There was a special prayer for priests after the communion.
The Annual College Seminar was really days of great learning and deepening of the identity of priesthood in every priest present and a moment for creating ideals for every seminarian looking forward to priestly ordination.
Bro Jince Kallanickal, SDB