DHARMARAM - MILESTONS 


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1953:
Dec. 08 The blessing of the foundation stone by His Eminence Card. Tisserant

1955:
March 23 Purchase of site for Dharmaram College in Bangalore
July 16 Laying of the foundation stone by His Grace Thomas Pothacamury
Oct 07 Completion of first residential unit and its blessing by Fr. Dismas Vadakkethala

1957:
April Completion of construction work of WW III, Refectory and Kitchen
June 01 Blessing of the new building by his Grace Thomas Pothacamury
Fr. Chrysostom Ponnempurayidom appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
Dharmaram College erected as a formed house

1958:
Feb. 23 Inauguration of Dharmaram by His Grace Msgr. J. R. Knox, Apostolic Internuncio, Delhi
Sept. 06 Completion of the furnishing of the third living block and its blessing by Fr. Chrysostom Ponnempuryidom, Rector

1960:
Jan. 21 Fr. Canisius Thekkekara appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
April Completion of the first phase of Press Block
Sept. 24 Visit of His Eminence Cardinal Agaginian, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Propagation of Faith
Dec. 15 The mortal remains of Joseph Kariati, Archbishop of Cranganore who died at Goa on Sept. 9, 1786, was brought to Dharmaram on its way to Kerala

1962:
Feb. Purchase of farmland at Kengeri for the proposed estate (Devadan)
May 21 Death of Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Kunnumkal
June 5 Appointment of Fr. Januarius Palathuruthy as Mission Superior of the new Mission Region (Chanda) entrusted to the CMI Congregation

1963:
Jan. 06 Re-appointment of Fr. Canisius Thekkekara as Rector of Dharmaram College

1964:
Dec. 01 Ordination of 45 of our deacons at Bombay during international Eucharisdc Congress attended by His Holiness Pope Paul VI

1966:
Jan. 10. Fr. Canisius Thekkekara, Rector, elected as Prior General, of CMI Congregation
Jan. 24 Fr. Jonas Thaliath appointed as Rector and Fr. Chrysostom Ponnempuryidom as Vice-Rector of Dharmaram College

1967:
May 21 Visit of Mr. Nijalingappa, the Chief Minister of Mysore (Kanataka)
May 22 Sudden demise of Fr. Roger Kattarath in a railway accident at Kuppam, on his way to Kerala
Sep. 01 Visit of His Eminence Cardinal Valerain Gracias of Bombay

1968:
Sept 24 The foundation stone of Christ College was laid by His Excellency Joseph Caprio, Apostolic Pronuncio to India.
June 9 Commencement of construction of Christ College

1969:
Jan 03 Visit of Sri. V. V. Giri, the Vice-President of India
Jan 15 Fr. Theophane Kanjooparambil appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
May 14 Visit of His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Parekattil, Archbishop of Ernakulam
May 15-25 Church in India Seminar at Dharmaram College
June 24 Sudden demise of Fr. Mansuetus Andumaly, former Professor of Philosophy at Chethipuzha
July 15 Blessing of Christ College by Fr. Theophane Kanjooparambil, Rector

1970:
Oct 23 Visit of Msgr. Salvatore Corrofalo, Rector of Propaganda College, Rome

1971:
Jan 03 Inauguration of CSWR
Feb 02 Visit of His Excellency Sri. Dharmaveera, the Governor of Mysore
Aug 08 Assignment of a separate block for our students studying at Christ College

1972:
Jan 17 Fr. John Britto Chethimattam appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
July 03 Foundation stone laid for Dharmaram College Chapel
Visit of Fr. Carriers S.J., Rector, Gregorian University, Rome

1974:
June Inauguration of the Publication of an International Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Dharma
June 3 Fr. Claudius Alappat passed away at II p.m.

1975:
March 10 Consecration of Dharmaram Chapel by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parekattil
April 22 Fr. Mathias Mundadan took charge as Rector of Dhamaram College

1976:
June 2 Blessing of the Parlour and Administrative Block by Fr. Liguori Mundackal, General Councillor
July 3 Inauguration of Dharmaram Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parekattil

1978:
Jan 2 Fr. Thomas Aykara, staff member, is elected Prior General
March 1 Visit of His Eminence Cardinal Pironio and Internuncio His Grace Sereno

1979:
Jan 31 Visit of Mother Theresa

1981:
Jan 3 Celebration of the 110th death Anniversary of the Servant of God Kuriakose Elias Chavara
Jan 10 Visit of His Eminence Cardinal W. Rubin, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches
Jan 25 Bro. Mathew Karikunnel MCBS, a first year theology student expired
March 11 Fr. Justin Koyipuram appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
May 22 General Synaxis of the CMI Congregation to revise the Constitution began at Dharmaram College
July 1 Inauguration of the Silver Jubilee of Dharmaram College by Fr. Thomas Aykara, Prior General
Nov 7 Bp. Jonas Thaliath expired of a heart attack at Rajkot

1982:
Jan 2 150th Jubilee celebration of the CMI Congregation
Jan 3 Inauguration of the School of Printing by Fr. Thomas Aykara, Prior General
July 4 Conclusion of the Silver Jubilee celebration of Dharmaram. His Excellency Govind Narayan the Governor of Karnataka was the chief guest and R. Gundu Rao, the Chief Minister was the President. Msgr. F. Marchisano, the Delegate from Rome, gave the Jubilee Address. Representative of the Congregation for Catholic Education and Msgr. Cerutti of the same Congregation graced the occasion
Oct 25 Inauguration of 10 'Janatha Houses' constructed by Dharmaram with Government aid on the Bangalore Mysore road, near Devadan Farm
Nov 7 First Death Anniversary of Bp. Jonas Thaliath observed with solemn Requiem Mass. A portrait of Bp. Jonas Thaliath unveiled in the auditorium
Nov 26 Inauguration of the Housing Colony near St. Mary's Farm constructed by Dharmaram Association for Social Service (DASS) with aid from the Government
1983:
Feb 27 Fr. Prior General constituted a nine-member committee for the evaluation of Dharmaram
March 19 Solemn inauguration of the new Syro-Malabar Parish (St. Thomas Parish) at Dharmaram by Archbishop Arokyaswamy
June 1 Inauguration of Christ Vidyalaya

1984:
Mat 26 Fr. Thomas Mampra appointed Rector of Dhamiaram College
June 1 Inauguration of Christ School

1987:
Feb 12 Inauguration of Christ College Library Block
May 1 Fr. Thomas Mampra re-appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
Aug 4-7 National Seminar on "Mission in India Today"

1988:
April 16 Fr. John Kallikuzhuppil, who met with an accident on the previous day, died

1989:
June 15 Blessing of the Theology Faculty Block by Archbishop Alphonsus Mathias in the new DVK. Campus

1990:
Jan 30 The newly constructed Administrative block of DVK was inaugurated by Cardinal Arinze, the President of the Papal Commission for NonChristian Religions
Feb 18 The multipurpose hall of St. Thomas Parish was blessed by Bp. Joseph Kundukulam
April 3 Fr. Thomas Mampra, Rector, elected Prior General of the CMI Congregation
April 25 Fr. Mani Giles Pothanamuzhy appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
Aug 6 Bishop Paulinus Jeerakath died in St. John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore
Aug 8 Body of the late Bp. Paulinus Jeerakath was brought to the Dharmaram Chapel, His Eminence Cardinal Antony Padiyara led the concelebrated liturgy

1991:
July 3 'New Block' of Christ College was inaugurated
July 16 Blessing of the new block of Dhamiaram School of Printing
Jan 20 Blessing of DVK PG Block by His Eminence Cardinal Antony Padiyara
June 15 DVK Cafeteria blessed by Rev. Fr. Thomas Mampra, Prior General

1993:
May 16 Fr. Thomas Kadankavil took charge as Rector of Dharmaram College
June 1 Newly constructed Kannada Medium School (Christha Vidyalaya) blessed by Fr. Thomas Kadankavil, Rector
Aug 14 Formal inauguration of Christha Vidyalaya by Sri. Veerappa Moily, Chief Minister of Karnataka
Aug 17-18 International Seminar on 'The Future of Interreligious Dialogue" inaugurated by the Governor of Karnataka, Sri Kursheed Alam Khan
Sep 9 Christ School Canteen blessed by Fr. Thomas Mampra, Prior General
Nov 7 Newly constructed building of the Faculty of Philosophy was blessed by Msgr. Michael, the resident ofWeltmissio, Archdiocese of Cologne

1994:
Jan 22 Laying of the foundation stone of Chavara Bhavan
Sep 22 Blessing of PG Block of Christ College by Rev. Fr. Thomas Kadankavil, Rector
Dec 8 Blessing of Chavara Bhavan by Rev. Fr. Thomas Mampra, Prior General

1995:
Jan 5 Sudden demise of Rev. Fr. Liguori Mundackal in a traffic accident at Aluva
Jan 16 Christ College celebrated its Silver Jubilee with the Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri. H. D. Deve Gowda, as chief guest

1996:
Jan 3 Ordination of 42 deacons at Mannanam on the occasion of 125th death anniversary of Blessed Kuriaskose Elias Chavara
May 26 Fr. Domitian Manickathan took charge as Rector of Dharmaram College
July 14 Blessing of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chapel at Egipura
Oct 2 Bro. Chacko lrupathinalilchira, doing his third year degree at Christ College, died in a scooter accident
Dec 18 Fr. Mani Giles, former Rector of Dharmaram College, the new Bishop of Mananthavady

1997:
Jan 12 Blessing of Blessed Alphonsa Centre, a new chapel in the City Ward

1998:
Feb 15 Blessing of Great Jubilee Memorial St. Thomas Parish Church by Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church
May 8 Fr. Avarachan Peenickaparambil died in Manipal Hospital, Bangalore
May 9 Bro. Joshy Kocherry, a second year theology student expired
Aug 12 Second Block of Christ College was blessed by Fr. Domitian Manickathan, Rector, Dharmaram College
Sep 27 Formal Erecdon of Syro-Malabar parishes at Bommanahalli, Egipura, Anapalayam, and Lingarajapuram
Nov 23 The first Apostolic Visitation of Dharmaram College and DVK started under the presidentship of Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Apostolic Administrator of Syro-Malabar Church


1999:
Jan 1 Establishment of Dharmaram College, DVK, and Christ College and Schools Administrative Bodies
May 21 Fr. Benjamin Kottooran, who was Spiritual Director in Dharmaram College for 23 years, expired
May 26 Fr. Sebastian Poonolly took charge as Rector of Dharmaram College
June 6 St. Thomas Parish was raised to the status of a Forane Church
Formal erection of Bl. Alphonsa Church, Bangalore City, as an independent Syro-Malabar Parish
June 14 Inauguration of the Institute of Oriental Canon Law in DVK by Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Apostolic Administrator, Syro-Malabar Church
July 20 Fr. Mathew Bassus Manjakunnel expired
Aug 2 Blessing of new Adhyayana (DVK Residence for Sisters) building

2000:
March 10 Silver Jubilee of the construction of Dharmaram Chapel was celebrated with a Concelebrated Mass
March 29 Rev. Br. George Mundankavil of Samanvaya expired in an accident at Bhopal
June 26 Archbishop Alan De Lastic of Delhi Visited Dharmaram College
Aug 16 Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop, visited Dharmaram College and inaugurated the national seminar on Canon Law in DVK
Sep 20 National Assembly of Kristu Jayanthi 2000 began in Dharmaram College
2001:
Aug 20 Most Rev. Edwin Regan, Bishop of Wrexham U. K. visited Dharmaram College
Nov 4 Foundation Stone of Christ Junior College was laid by Rev. Fr. Sebastian Poonoly, Rector, Dharmaram College
Feb 22 Newly constructed bank building in DVK compound was blessed by Archbishop Ignatius Pinto, Bangalore and an extension counter of the Catholic Syrian Bank was inaugurated
April 6 Rev. Fr. Antony Kariyil was elected Prior General of the CMI Congregation.
May 1 Rev. Fr. James Narithookil appointed Rector of Dharmaram College
July 3 The newly constructed DVK Library was inaugurated by Archbishop Ignatius Pinto

2003:
Feb. 16 Blessing of Hongasandra Holy Family Church
The Golden Jubilee of Mar Emmanuel Pothanamuzhy and Rev. Fr. Mathias Mundadan was
celebrated in Dharmaram College
April 6 Bp. Mar Emmanuel Pothanamkuzhy expired with cancer
April 24 National Meeting of the CRI began in Dharmaram Campus
May 14 Inauguration of a branch of the South Indian Bank at Christ College by Fr. Prior General
Aug 7 Visit of His grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Pittau S. J., and Fr. Albin Graus, the secretary and the officer respectively of the Congregation for Catholic Education

2006:
October 28 Inauguration of Golden Jubilee Year of Dharmaram  by His Grace Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore.

2007: 
June 12-13 Alumni Gathering at Dharmaram.

June 13-15 National Seminar on Formation Through Integral Education.Inaugurated by His Grace Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore and Key Note address by Mar Joseph Powathil, Archbishop Emeritus of Changanassery.