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DIACONATE AND MINOR ORDERS

His Excellency Mar Paul Alappattu, Bishop of Ramanathapuram officiated the ceremonies of Diaconate and Minor orders, on 23 & 22 March respectively.  He exhorted the candidates of the challenges that priesthood and religious life face, especially in this era of ‘New Generation’ tendencies. 27 were ordained deacons, 40 were ordained sub-deacons and 25 were ordained karoya.

NEW CD RELEASE

Bhaktiyam, a new Audio CD was released jointly by Christ University and DVK. It is a Sanskrit rendition of Christian prayers, sung by famous playback singer G. Venugopal. The lyrics were originally composed by Roberto de Nobili (1577-1656), an Italian Jesuit missionary to Southern India. The CD was released by the effort of Rev Fr. Jojo Parekkatil and Fr. Biju Kunnumpuram.

AWARD TO FR. ANTONY PAYYAPPILLY

The Gamaka Kala Parishad award was given to Rev Fr. Antony Payyappil CMI on 24th February, for his attempts to release the Audio CD Mahakavya on the life of Jesus Christ, in the ‘ga ma ka’ style. The original book ‘Yesu Jivana Charita’ was written in Kannada by Prof V. Narahari. This Mahakavya, consisting of 2010 poems, is a Gospel based narration of the whole life of Jesus. It was written in the classical Kannada poetic form ‘shadpadi’. It is for the first time, a Christian literary work is coming out in this form. Congrats to Fr. Payyappilly!!!

OUT IN FLYING COLOURS

As the public exam results are out, our schools in the city outshine the rank lists with excellent results.

Christ Junior College has 97% pass against the state average of 59.36. 1164 out of 1201 students passed.

Christ School has a outstanding result of 100% victory as all the 229 students passed  the exam.

Christa Vidyalaya, our Kannada medium school also has an excellent result of 95 % against the state average on 77%.

These results prove how the CMI run educational institutions become the hot cakes in Bangalore city too, as elsewhere.

 

Achilles

Achilles, an English drama was staged on 5th and 6th of January, under the initiative of the D Section, in connection with the Founder's day celebrations. Fr. Siju Paul Palathanathu penned the script and directed the play, which is based on the famous Hollywood movie TROY. The play was greatly appreciated by a large crowd. Congrats to Fr. Siju Paul, the director, Fr. Arun Chully, the master, Fr. Francis Aykkarapparampil, the animator and all those who worked behind the drama.

Crib

The noble tradition still continues... This year too a very beautiful crib, "FAITH CASTLE", was constructed by the 1st year theologians. The mighty "FAITH CASTLE", spreading over a vast space of  5000 square feet was built keeping the theme of 'Year of Faith'. Congrats to Fr. Sebastian Mullooparampil, the master and the brothers of C section, and all those who worked for its completion.

Gloria

Gloria, a carol singing evening, was organized by Dharmaram LCA, on 18th December, for the campus communities. Around 20 communities in and around Dharmaram campus came together singing Gloria to the Lord.

Samavarthanam

32 of the 57 priests ordained this year, who had their theological studies in Dharmaram, came back here for the convocation. They were given a warm welcome in Dharmaram. They celebrated Mass in Dharmaram, in St. Thomas parish and their respective parishes, wards, and centres of pastoral ministry during their theological studies, and in the respective province communities. Fr. Rector, the Kulacharya presided over the Samavarthanam ceremony at Dharmaram, which was done in a typical Indian way. His Eminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education gave a message at Samavarthanam and presided over the 36th convocation ceremony at DVK. 

 

 

Jubilee

Everyday God showers countless blessings upon each one. Jubilee year is a time to look back into life and thank God and His people for the blessings each one received. This year 14 of our fathers, who served Dharmaram in various capacities celebrated their Jubilee in various degrees. 6 of them, Frs. Egidius Chirayath, Domitin Manickathan, Alban Nedumganal, Methodius Kidangen, Job Myladiyil, and Joseph Mathew Nedumparampil celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their Sacerdotal Ordination.  Frs. Thomas Poothakuzhy, George Manchappilly, John Edappally, Jose Maprani, Jose Kariamadam, Jacob Pulickal comprise the other 6 who celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their Religious Profession. Frs. George Nellikunnel and Antony Payyappilly, two inmates of Dharmaram community celebrate the Silver Jubilee of their ordination. Jubilee celebrations began with the Holy Qurbana, presided over by 4 of the jubilerians, along with Rev. Fr. Rector, and around 40 fathers concelebrated. During the gathering, Rev. Fr. Rector welcomed with warm words of gratitude. Fr. Jose Stephen Menacherry, the administrator and Bro. Ajeesh Puthussery felicitated the jubilarians on behalf of Dharmaram Community and acknowledged the hard work they have done for Dharmaram. The Jubilarians shared their experiences at Dharmaram and the dedication they had for the duties entrusted to them.

LCA Valedictory

Yet another academic year comes to its nightfall, the LCA activities also come to a conclusion. This year too LCA played a major role in keeping the mobility of Dharmaram community. Mr. John Koruth, the General Manager of Deccan Chronicle was the Chief Guest. He urged the gathering of the need of ‘taking the Church beyond its structure, campus and walls.’ Congrats to Frs. Thomas Thekkel and Francis Aykkaraparampil, the directors and Bros Bijo Mattapparampil and Prince Munjanattu, the General Secretaries of this year for organizing all the activities of LCA in a praiseworthy manner.

Revisiting Vatican II

The much awaited conference on “Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal” was held in Dharmaram from Thursday, 31 January to Sunday 3 February. The conference was coordinated by Fr. Shaji Kochuthara, the Editor of Asian Horizons and the registrar of DVK. Of course, a number of staff members and student volunteers joined hands together to set the stage and let the events unfold. These four days of the conference was a standing testimony of the cooperation of the Dharmaram institutions, DVK academia and our commitment to quality, a testimony of our ability to stand together for the good of Dharmaram institutions and the good of the Church at large. All the participants had a lot of good things to say about the event; indeed, according to all of them, this unique event in which we had a befitting celebration of the spirit of Vatican Couincil II, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the opening of the Council, was an excellent event in all respects.

            There were more than 350 external participants, among whom there were about 150 foreign delegates. All the staff and students of DVK also joined the sessions from beginning till the end. In all, we had about 1000 participants for the programme. There were 40 plus keynote and plenary papers and 85 parallel session papers. Almost all of these papers contained the fruit of a lot of quality research and hard work. Congrats to Fr. Shaji, the coordinator and all those helping hand behind the successful completion of this mega event.

            Three Cardinals, two Archbishops and 8 Bishops attended the event, along with Rev. Fr. Prior General, and Bechima a few other important persons to mention. The participants celebrated community mass at Dharmaram during the days of the conference. One day it was the Syro-Malabar Qurbana, presided over by Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt.

            Event Partners of the Conference

Ø  Pontificio Comitato di scienze storiche, Vatican

Ø  Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC)

Ø  Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium

Ø  Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Tübingen, Germany

Ø  St. Augustine’s College, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ø  Fondazione per scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna, Italy

Ø  Universal Church Division, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany

Ø  Institut Catholique de Paris, France

 

II Vatican Council Documents

In 1967 Dharmaram Publications got the official permission for the Malayalam translation of the II Vatican Council Documents. This year, being the Golden Jubilee Year of the commencement of the Council, Dharmaram Publications brings forth the revised 10th edition of the Council Documents, updating the language too. The feature include: Council Documents, Introduction and Explanation to each of the Council Document, Council Messages, detailed footnotes, major Council events and dates, subject index etc... It also has a hard bound edition, specially designed for the libraries. Read and promote the book.

Honorary Doctorate to Fr. Vice Chancellor

The Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee of Liverpool Hope University has now proposed Dr. Thomas Chathamparampil, the Vice Chancellor of Christ University, in recognition of his contributions to education and in particular to his achievements at Christ University. It is proposed that the Doctor of Education (honoris causa) be conferred at the University's Graduation ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on Tuesday 16th July 2013. Congratulations to Fr. Thomas, who has already been lauded with the 'Colonel' title by the nation.

Dharmaram... Champions!!!

We can be proud that Dharmaram is the best in Bangalore not only in quantity but also in quality. This year Dharmaram emerged the champions in the intersem competitions, both in sports and cultural  events, defeating 25 other seminaries. Congrats to Fr. Sebastian Mullooparampil, the Director of intersem and sports departments, and to Bros. Shanu Kunnumpurathu and Jomy Panthiruvelil, the in-charge of intersem department, and to Bros. Bonny and Bibin, the general captains.

Congratulations  to Rev. Fr. Thomas Kallukalam

Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kallukalam CMI, Parish Priest of St. Thomas Forane Church, Dharmaram is appointed as DEAN of the Madiwala Deanery, comprising of 13 parishes, with effect from 11.02.2013. This appointment is made by His Grace Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore and it is for 3 years. hearty and prayerful congratulations  to dear Rev. Fr. Thomas Kallukalam

Renewed and Reiterated

The renewal programme for the scholastics of Dharmaram was conducted from 7 to 9 December, 2012. It was held in a very prayerful atmosphere. The renewal began with Eucharistic adoration on 7th Friday evening. Fr. Rector, an acclaimed person in the field of renewal programme for our congregations for the last four decades welcomed the gathering and resource persons, and emphasized on the need of this kind of renewal programmes and the necessity of updating ourselves to the needs of the times, rooted in our charism. Rev. Dr. Jose Kuriedath, the General Councillor for Education and Communication made the inaugural address, where he highlighted the process, means and need of renewal of the congregation and explained of the special programme designed for Dharmaram.

            On 8th and 9th we had several sessions from various experts, who gave fruitful inputs and directions on different fields of special attention of renewal. Fr. Kuriedath very well lead two sessions on blending of our prayer life and apostolic life, where he highlighted on the need of developing a special CMI religious charism for each individual, whereby one can engage in ministries which other religious and diocesan priests cannot do. He also emphasized on the need developing 'special ministries', meeting the challenges of the present day situations and suiting to our charism, which our founding fathers bequeathed for us. Rev. Fr. Jain Kuzhiyanimattathil shared his personal experiences on the 'Spirituality of Simple Life and Witnessing'. His input session, filled with lots of personal experiences of living a simple life was very much provoking and challenging to us. Fr. Cleetus Plackal handled a very fruitful session on the 'Holistic...', where he emphasized the need of special care for mother earth, especially by us CMIs, highlighting the special love of our founders for the nature, which prompted them to go for a vanavasa. he also gave a lot of simple practical suggestions for living a nature friendly CMI life.

            The concluding session was well handled by Fr. Rector and the suggestions evolved in group discussions were edited and redrafted by Bro. Gregory Malayil, the General Beadle. In general, the renewal programme was very fruitful in making some radical reflections on our CMI life, our mission, vocation and its challenges. It was a very rare chance of doing it on the days of the Feast of our Immaculate Mother and the anniversary of our Canonical Foundation.