INAGURATION OF LITERARY AND CULTURAL ACADEMY: ACADEMY ON ST. EPHREM DAY

The literary and cultural academy in the seminary was inaugurated at a meeting on 9 June 2018 in Cardinal Tisserant Hall.  The meeting started at 10.30 a.m. Fr. Thomas Karintholil welcomed the gathering .Dr. Paul Manalil, journalist and writer, inaugurated the Academy. June 9 being the feast day of St. Ephrem, Dr. Manalil spoke about the spiritual vigor and committed actions of the Saint.  He advised the student community to have a renewed love for one’s society and Church at times of troubles and worries. Bro Amal Vadekkumparambil and Bro.Albin Puthuparambil made academy speeches. Bro. Jijo Pottackal thanked the participants of the meeting.

A DAY WITH OUR DIVINE MASTER
 
 The seminary community set apart a whole day for Eucharistic Adoration on 15 June 2018. After the Holy Qurbana, the staff and students spend time in groups before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and worship. The exposition of the Eucharist for adoration ended with a Eucharistic Procession at 7 p.m. It was indeed a day of prayer and spiritual renewal for the staff and students.

INAUGURATION OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19



The academic year of 2018-19 began on the 2ndof June with a concelebrated Holy Qurbana at 6.30 am in the seminary chapel. The inaugural meeting held at 9 am in Cardinal Tisserant Hall was chaired by His Excellency Mar John Nellikkunnel, the bishop of the eparchy of Idukki. Rev. Dr. Joy Ainiyadan, the Rector of the seminary, welcomed the gathering. His Excellency in his inaugural address spoke about the necessity of intellectual formation and spiritual growth of the seminarians in an era of information overload.  Rev. Dr. Andrews Mekkattukunnel, the President of PaurastyaVidyāpīṭham, presented the dynamics of the academic year and welcomed Rev. Dr. Dominic Muriankavunkal, the new staff member in the Faculty of Theology. The inauguration ceremony concluded with the Schola Brevis by Rev. Dr. Thomas Vadakkel. He in his lecture highlighted “St. Paul’s Conception of Unity in the Context of Discord.”Rev. Dr. Sebastian Chalackal moderated the session.


 
 NEW PRIESTS DAY IN VADVATHOOR SEMINARY.........


                                         The 44th Convocation of the 2016-17 batch of Paurastya Vidyapitham was held on 8th January 2018. His Grace Mar Joseph Perumthottam, the Arch bishop of Changanacherry and the Vice-Chancellor of PVP, presided over the function. He enlightened the audience with his sharing of thoughts and visions. The meeting began with a prayer, followed by the welcoming address by Rev. Dr. Andrews Mekkattukunnel, the President of Paurastya Vidyapitham. After the presidential address, Dr. Baby Sebastian, the Vice Chancellor of M. G. University gave the convocation address. After the profession of faith by Rev. Dr. Poly Maniyattu, His Grace Mar Joseph Perumthottam awarded the proficiency prizes to the toppers. Dr. Babu Sebastian conferred the degrees. Rev. Dr. Joy Aiyiniyadan, the Rector of St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, delivered the words of felicitation. Rev. Fr. Joseph Poovathumtharayil delivered the words of gratitude. Rev. Dr. Mathew Pittappillil introduced the new Journal of Philosophy, Homo Sapiens during the function. The function concluded with Vote of thanks by Bro. Femin Cheeran, the Senator of PVP.
 


SARGAKSHETRA


Sargakshetra is a unique platform in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary to
grow in Gospel values through artistic expressions. It focuses on the
revival of our traditional Christian art forms and also promotes the
talents inherent in the seminarians. The motto itself speaks volumes
on the intention of this broad platform. The motto of Sargakshetra is
to grow in Gospel values through art.
The inauguration of sargakshetra was on July 2, 2017. The members of
sargakshetra dance team performed 'chavittu nadakam', a unique art
form of the Syro-Malabar Christian tradition.



St. Thomas Day Cultural Academy


The Dukhrana of St. Thomas, the Apostle and cultural academy were held on 3rd July 2017. Dr. Johny Lukose, the news director of Manorama news presided over the function of the academy. He enlightened the audience with his sharing of thoughts and visions. The meeting began with a prayer, followed by the welcoming address by Br Mathukutty Tharappil. There were two stirring speeches delivered by Brs. Amal Mathrickal and Rony Puthenveettil on the mission of St. Thomas, the Apostle. The meeting concluded with words of gratitude by Br. Jeril Kuzhinjalil.