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Celebrating the Fourth centenary of Rachol seminary

 Somehow time becomes intense as one enters the portals of the great Rachol Seminary.  The ancient Seminary overflows with spirit and grace and embraces everyone with serenity and peace. It is a place where the sound of silence is heard and the depth of spiritual insight glows bright.  Blessed with splendor and majesty, it nurtures  all its inmates with maternal love and care. Its angelic   spiritual ambience and brilliant intellectual climate produces a synergy that draws all her sons to become ever more like the Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

St Paul's College & Rachol Seminary

The Rachol Seminary celebrates in June 2010, the fourth centenary of its existence. We shall trace in this article the genesis of priestly formation in Goa in the two Institutions, namely, the St Paul's College, that preceeded and Rachol that started side by side and continues serving the Church of Goa and other dioceses, till today.

Celebration-Rachol Seminary

Celebrating the Fourth centenary of Rachol seminary 

Somehow time becomes intense as one enters the portals of the great Rachol Seminary.  The ancient Seminary overflows with spirit and grace and embraces everyone with serenity and peace. It is a place where the sound of silence is heard and the depth of spiritual insight glows bright.  Blessed with splendor and majesty, it nurtures  all its inmates with maternal love and care. Its angelic   spiritual ambience and brilliant intellectual climate produces a synergy that draws all her sons to become ever more like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paintings in Rachol Seminary

 The Paintings in Rachol Seminary: Imaging Heaven on Earth

Rachol  Seminary has almost an iconic  value in the semiotic  sphere of our society.  As we mark the fourth centenary of this great institution, it is in the best of our tradition to capture its life and being in a  textual chronotope.  While I cannot make a claim  of any formal  expertise  in Art and Aesthetics , I simply cannot resist  the deep imperative  that I feel  within me as I stand  in  awe at the majestic  paintings  adorning its ancient walls.

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

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