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CATHOLICISM IN THE WORLD OF SCIENCE - a report

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON

CATHOLICISM IN THE WORLD OF SCIENCE

17-20 DECEMBER, 2010

PATRIARCHAL SEMINARY,

RACHOL, GOA, INDIA

IN COLLABORATION WITH PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE. VATICAN , DIVISION OF HUMANITIES OF ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, AND INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION, PUNE

CONSOLIDATED REPORT

The International conference, ‘Catholicism in the World of Science’, was organized to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the foundation of the seminary in Rachol, India. This great institution has served and continues to serve the church and society in very many ways.  At the dawn of the fourth centenary, the eventful dynamism  the  seminary  became a tremendous occasion to  re-energize and work to build a new synergy in the  entire seminary community and the church in Goa.

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO SEMINARIANS

 LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI 

TO SEMINARIANS

 

Dear Seminarians,

When in December 1944 I was drafted for military service, the company commander asked each of us what we planned to do in the future. I answered that I wanted to become a Catholic priest. The lieutenant replied: “Then you ought to look for something else. In the new Germany priests are no longer needed”. I knew that this “new Germany” was already coming to an end, and that, after the enormous devastation which that madness had brought upon the country, priests would be needed more than ever. Today the situation is completely changed. In different ways, though, many people nowadays also think that the Catholic priesthood is not a “job” for the future, but one that belongs more to the past. You, dear friends, have decided to enter the seminary and to prepare for priestly ministry in the Catholic Church in spite of such opinions and objections. You have done a good thing. Because people will always have need of God, even in an age marked by technical mastery of the world and globalization: they will always need the God who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, the God who gathers us together in the universal Church in order to learn with him and through him life’s true meaning and in order to uphold and apply the standards of true humanity. Where people no longer perceive God, life grows empty; nothing is ever enough. People then seek escape in euphoria and violence; these are the very things that increasingly threaten young people. God is alive. He has created every one of us and he knows us all. He is so great that he has time for the little things in our lives: “Every hair of your head is numbered”. God is alive, and he needs people to serve him and bring him to others. It does makes sense to become a priest: the world needs priests, pastors, today, tomorrow and always, until the end of time.

Rachol Seminary and Music

 Anything beautiful easily catches our attention. Beauty is something real and inspiring. Pope John Paul II has described the intricate connection between beauty and good: “Beauty is the visible form of the good; the good is the metaphysical condition of beauty” (Letter to artists). Whatever is good and beautiful is enhanced by art. Art is an important vehicle through which the beauty and the goodness in the world are given expression and their subtlety unravelled. An artist who engages in such an inspiring task mirrors the image of God, the Master Artist, who is the source and origin of all beauty and goodness.

MSGR. HERCULANO GONSALVES – a Dynamic Luminary from Rachol

“A Luminary emerged from Rachol Seminary who was conferred with titles of PAPAL CHAMBERLAIN and a MONSEIGNEUR”

The Archdiocese of Goa has been producing a galaxy of distinguished clergyman with their unique spirituality, far-sighted vision and great passion of mission.  Goa, the Rome of the East, has given birth to missionaries who proclaimed the Kingdom of God across its boundaries. They took Christ to the remotest corners of our country and beyond it with profound joy and dedication. The history of missionary activity in Goa is still in its making and is unfolding primarily in the work of the three indigenous religious societies (The Pilar Fathers, the Holy Family Sisters, and the Handmaids of Christ) born on its soil. Along with the other religious societies, the passion for mission still burns the hearts of men and women of all the three indigenous religious societies.  

Seminário Patriarcal de Rachol: A Cradle of Intellectual Life

 Seminário Patriarcal de Rachol: A Cradle of Intellectual Life

(perhaps… that was?)

Reflections in tribute to a house and a home which gave so much to so many

Rari nantes in gurgite vasto (Aeneid, I, 118)… a classic group-labeller, oft-used by Padre Mestre Antonio Couto, de santa memória, remains till date as a powerful memory trigger in this marginal student of that august institution of storied glorious traditions, who benefited immeasurably from the classical education that was there provided to us, all the way from the seminal years at Saligão Seminary. Intellectual life was fostered by the reading of the classics, which were available in the bookcases, since vanished, in the hallowed corridors of every floor of that seminarium – Seminário Preparatório.  Those bookcases were rummaged through by most of us soon after lunch; and the poor Encarregado da Livraria dos Alunos would eagerly wait for the bell to go off, ripping us away to quiet study. The first book that I snapped up from that bookcase was O Primo Basílio, by Eça de Queiroz. May be my namesake in the title drew me in; but happy memories linger on, amidst other stultifying experiences on that hill. Only a few years ago I read O Crime do Padre Amaro, by the same author; and as I was reading it, my heart welled up in gratitude for the love for literature that was instilled in me from that young age. 

Golden Verse

Razachem Poilem Pustok 9:3

Sorvesporan taka mhollem: ‘Hanvem tujim magnnim ani Tunvem mhojê mukhar kelolim prartho-nam aikoleant. Tunvem bandlolea hea mondirant Mhojem Nanv sodankal urunk, hanvem tem sonvskarlam. Mhoji nodor ani mhojem mon sodankal thoim astolem.
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