News from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
Rachol: Rachol Seminary in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda has an exhibition marking the120 years of Swami Vivekananda visit to the acclaimed center of learning in Goa.Fr. Dennis Fernandes, the rector of Rachol Seminary, inaugurating the exhibition on December 19. The exhibition will be kept open till January 12
Swami Vivekananda visited the Rachol Seminary from October 15-17, 1892. Spending three days in the pursuit of theological works in the Seminary library, Vivekananda with the help of an interpreter Subrai Naik held discussion with the priests and the seminarians.
FAITH PROCLAIMED THROUGH RANGOLI AND POSTERS
“Always Become Christ” was the clarion call given by the Chief Guest, Fr. Donato Rodrigues on the occasion of the Poster and Rangoli Presentation held on the 13th of January, 2013, at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol. To celebrate the Year of Faith, Rangoli and Poster Presentation was organised by the Raia Deanery ACAZ for their catechism students. This faith event enabled the students to express their faith and thus be witnesses and proclaimers of faith through their talents.
The Release of the Book “ADEUS BEBEA”
On the feast of Blessed Joseph Vaz, a new book was released in Konkani at the hands of Rev. Fr. Steve Rodrigues, the provincial of the Goa Capuchins, entitled ADEUS BEBEA. The book is authored by Dr. Simon Rico Fernandes, Capuchin. The colorful function was held at St. Padre Pio Seminary, Modi, Navelim. A select group of invites graced the occasion. Frs. Jose Dias, Leny Souza Pegado, Mr. Paul Fernandes and several lovers of Konkanni were present. Fr. Bruno Leitao introduced the poet and his work in a very learned manner and praised him for bringing out his thirteenth book. ADEUS BEBEA is a poetic reflection on the pastoral letter of the Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Ferrao "Covenant between God and Creation" Manifestation of God's Love. The poet goes all out to speak up for the creation.
Fr. Henry Gabriel Falcão, a priest of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, hailing from Taleigão Goa, defended his thesis entitled, “The Eucharist Sacrament of Encounter: Dialogue and Transformation for Evangelization in India”, at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome on the 18th of December 2012
Having invoked the Holy Spirit singing the hymn, “Rochnar Atmea”, Fr. Henry presented his thesis speaking in fluent Italian.
He justified the choice of his topic basing himself on the fact that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the life and mission of the Church and that Hinduism is the religion practised by a majority of Indians. The study of the Eucharist in relation to the Vedic sacrifices, which are characterised by the search for the Absolute, would enable a dialogue between the followers of these two religions, he defended.
Established in 1963, St. Xavier’s College is one of the premier institutions of higher education in the State of Goa. Recently, it was conferred upon the Best College Award by Goa University, besides being awarded the status of College with Potential for Excellence by UGC and Grade A by NAAC.