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RACHOL SEMINARY CELEBRATES 400 GOLDEN YEARS (1610-2010)

The splendour of the encounter of the East with the West comes alive at Rachol. The great Rachol Seminary traveled the lanes of history and has a glorious story to tell. Its journey began in Margao. But with the ravages of history, the Holy Spirit College had to be brought to the security of the fort of Rachol. This retreat into Rachol finally brought the Seminary on the Rachol hill only after staging two exilic returns to Margao.

It was the feast of all Saints day 1610 that the majestic building of Rachol finally stood tall in all its glory, singing with  its founders, the Jesuits, the hymn of God's praise. The canonization of Ignatius of Loyola brought about a change to its name. Hence, the college became the college of St. Ignatius. Later with the unfortunate suppression of the Jesuits, the college was handed to the Oratorians, then to the Vincentions and again to the Oratorians.

It was 175 years ago, that the Diocesan clergy took charge of it and it became the Seminary of the Good Shepherd preparing the Priests of the Archdiocese of Goa. The Seminary served the Church as the temple of learning and sent its alumni far and wide as missionaries and pastors. It has the distinction of being one of the first Seminary after the Council of Trent in the whole of Asia. It even gave ecclesiastical degrees in theology in the past and has recently signed an MOU with Indira Ghandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, and the seminarians are enabled to graduate in Philosophy.

The staff and the students of Rachol Seminary thank God for the wondrous gift of the Seminary and celebrate a year long jubilee. The celebrations are marked by spiritual, cultural and intellectual programs. The spiritual program began in July 2010 with a special retreat, which will be  followed with a solemn commemorative mass on the all Saints day in November 2010 and will be closed with a solemn evening prayer in February 2011. The cultural programs include the celebration of Seminary day in January 2011, a Konkani samelan in February 2011 that will reflect on the contributions of the seminary to the growth of our mother tongue Konkani, and the closing Musical concert in the end of the academic year . The academic celebrations include the publication of the book on Rachol Seminary by Fr. Mousinho Ataide, special edition of Luceas, and the International conference on Catholicism and Modern Science, in collaboration with Pontifical Council for culture, Rome, Department of Humanities, St. John’s New York, Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. Scholars from Rome, America, Korea and India will deliberate and discuss the theme in all its depths over a period of 4 days from 17th December – 20th December 2010. The seminary will also conduct an all India inter-seminary essay competition for the seminarians across our country.  

Fr. Victor Ferrao 

 

 

 

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

Mhonnttôch aplê ankvar hoklê lagim logn zata to borem korta; ani logn zaina to odik borem korta.