Patriarchal Seminary of 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
(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.
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.
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.
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.