posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:17 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 5:18 AM ]

            Photo: The Panelists (from Left to Right) - Dr. (Fr,) Ashley Miranda SDB, Dr. (Fr,) Keith D'souza SJ,                                                                              Dr. Prof. Kanchana Mahadevan and Dr. (Fr.) Victor Ferrao

Pope John Paul II, during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, invited the nations of the world to forgive all debts as was the Israelite custom. However, very few seemed to have heeded this call to mercy. If one has to find a reason why nations did not share the late Pope’s grand invitation to mercy, we must turn to philosophy,as much as theology, to find answers. Pope Francis declared this year to be a Year of Mercy in order to awaken in our leaders and the masses the dire need to embrace this disposition. To this effect, the community at St. Pius X Seminary, organised a Seminar titled “Mercy: Philosophical Perspectives” in order to explore contemporary viewpoints to the traditionally ascribed disposition of mercy. In order to help us view mercy through lenses different from our own Christian worldview, three prominent philosophers were invited as panelists to use their philosophical expertise to discuss mercy in a new light.

Dr. Prof. Kanchana Mahadevan, the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mumbai, spoke from a feminist perspective. Her theme was “Sexual Violence, Law and Love”. She began by saying that a legalistic, punitive and retributive response to sexual crimes is failing us. Not only is it too rigid and reason-based but it also gives in to the immediate reaction of punishing the wicked,thus satiating our bloodthirst. Yet in doing this the problem remains. The woman, now reduced to a thing, has to still face society and herself. The law does not aid in this. Hence, Dr. Kanchana quoted the feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray and her ‘Ethics of the Passions’ to bring into a dominantly patriarchal philosophy the lost dimension of emotion. She suggests that to overcome sexual crimes we must bridge the stereotypes of men as rational and women as emotional. A man feels he knows the woman and vice versa. But in this, the man/woman has lost the sense of wonder in the relationship. We need to bridge the gap and this can be done by preserving the sense of mystery between man and woman and between human beings. What a woman wants is not the death of the perpetrator but his reformed life, which can only be achieved through an ethics of care.

Dr. (Fr.) Victor Ferrao, Professor of Philosophy at Rachol Seminary, Goa, presented mercy through a postmodern, psychoanalytical standpoint. He spoke of a “Philosophical Quest for an Ethics of Mercy”. Mercy is not in the purview of religion alone and one needs to turn to philosophy so that society doesn’t (d)evolve to mere animals that use their opposable thumbs for violence as an art form. Using the ‘Masters of Suspicion’, i.e., Sigmund Freud's Oedipus complex, Karl Marx's “Religion as the Opium of the masses” and Nietzsche's “The Death of God” thesis, he explored the possible reasons for the heartlessness prevalent in society today. He then outlined how we must instill an Ethics of Mercy using philosophical examples of appreciation of the ‘Other’, such as Martin Buber’s ‘I-Thou’ and Emmanuel Levinas’ ‘Phenomenology of the Face’,which reflects the divine. Finally he pointed out that the problem of a heartless society cannot be solved through reason alone and so psychoanalysis and the world of the unconscious must also be explored. Quoting Bracha Ettinger, he said that we can reach an ethics of mercy because we are co-present to each other, co-journeying together. Like a mother carries a child, so also we must be carrying (caring) for the other.

The final speaker,Dr. (Fr.) Ashley Miranda, ex-Rector and Principal of Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik, spoke from an existential outlook on mercy. He began with a most startling question: “Can man be good without God?” This question already presupposes that people who believe in God are merciful. While there are many saints and missionaries who do prove this to be true, there are many who have perpetrated great evils in the name of God and religion. All too often we find that as a person’s spirituality increases, so does his/her ego meter. Fr. Ashley used existentialist and nihilistic philosophers like Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche to show that they too speak of compassion and mercy. For Schopenhauer compassion is the basic rule of suffering humanity. Sartre speaks of “Hell is my Neighbour,” which means that because we are fond of judging and being individualistic, mercy disappears. Finally Nietzsche, who Fr. Ashley ironically exalted to the status of the Philosopher of Mercy, argues that the Overman/Superman must create his own values and live for himself without retreating from suffering which is part of life. A compassionate person does not question this reality but takes the punches, gets up and fights courageously.

After brief student responses, the speakers clarified questions put forth by the student panel. This was followed by a brief Q&A session open for the audience. The questions ranged from objectivity in justice and mercy, to the sense of lack which we try to fill by oppressing the other. The recurring theme that emerged was the need to do away with a rigid mind and to work to reach a logic of superabundance that bestows mercy.

                                                                                                      (Report by Bro. Cliffton Mendonca)


posted Aug 24, 2016, 10:40 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 4:53 AM ]

The entire seminary community was elated on August 24, 2016 as we celebrated the feast of our patron St. Pius X. It is a long standing tradition that on the feast day of the seminary, the newly ordained priests are invited to celebrate the Eucharist with the community. What a joy it was to see eight of our own brothers, standing on the altar of God as priest and thanking him for his faithfulness and for the seminary that shaped them to be ministers of Christ. The day began with a solemn mass celebrated by Fr. Anthony Alphonso along with the other newly ordained priest and seminary staff. It was encouraging for us seminarians, to 
see that some who had journeyed with us were
ordained priests.  Fr. Clifford Dsouza in his homily shared about his experience in the priesthood and how the seminary helps to grow in a relationship with Jesus.

After the meaningful and enriching Eucharist, there was a felicitation program organized by the cultural department. Bishop John Rodrigues, ex-rector of our seminary, who had accompanied the ordinati during their formation years at the seminary was the guest of honour. Fr. Elton Namory on behalf of the ordinati shared the experience of the batch in the seminary and their journey from orientation to being ordained as priest. He shared about how this institute of St. Pius X seminary has been instrumental in their formation. The fourth year theologians as per the tradition of the house humorously entertained everybody with the ordinati special performance. A power point slide-show was presented to us to tell us a little more about the fathers.          

The program ended with the rector, Fr. Aniceto Periera extending a warm invitation to the ordinati of always maintaining this relationship with their alma mater. Thus leading us to the final part of the celebration, the delicious and tasty lunch which was organized by the community in honour of our newly ordained priests. The entire day was exceptional and delightful and the atmosphere in the house was of gratitude. We thank God for blessing us with young, enthusiastic priests and we ask St. Pius X to pray for us. 

                               (Report by Br. Kelvin Santis)

DIACONATE 2016 - “Called to be Faithful Stewards of God's Mercy”

posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:09 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Aug 7, 2016, 7:12 AM ]

Top Row Left to Right: Dn. Xavier Patil OFM Cap, Fr. Jospeh D'souza OFM Cap (Provincial-Maharashtra Province),                                        Bishop John Rodrigues (Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay), Fr. Aniceto Pereira (Rector),                                                       Dn. Sanjay Fereira (Vasai), Dn. Nobel Main (Vasai)
Bottom Left to Right: Dn. Simon Rodrigues (Bombay), Dn. Oscar Gonsalves (Bombay),                                                                                   Dn. Robinson Varghese (Bombay), Dn. Savio D’souza (Bombay), Dn. John Pereira (Bombay).                                                             

Eight young men, Five from the Archdiocese of Bombay, two from the Diocese of Vasai and one from the Congregation of the Capuchins, celebrated a great milestone in their journey towards the priesthood that is the Order of Diaconate. It was conferred upon them by his Lordship Bp. John Rodrigues, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay today, 7th August 2016.

“It is like a dream being fulfilled” says newly ordained Deacon Simon Rodrigues, from St. Gonzalo Garcia Parish in Vasai and will soon be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Bombay, as he was surrounded by his family and well-wishers who showered him with many blessings. “The only feeling right now is great peace and joy!” exclaimed Deacon Nobel Main from Holy Family, Bhuigaon, Vasai. This was very evident, the joy among all the eight deacons and their classmates during the entire ceremony, which began at 10:45 a.m. with mass followed by a small reception in the auditorium.

Bp. John Rodrigues in his homily highlighted the role of a deacon and most importantly, the enthusiasm of being called, a heart focused on Christ who is their greatest treasure and having an attitude of service and availability. As the Rio Olympics 2016 has simultaneously began with the theme ‘Faster, Stronger, Higher’, Bp. John too exhorted the deacons to be Faster – to say ‘yes’ to God’s will, Stronger – in their commitment and Higher – in their ideals.

We wish all the newly ordained deacons, blessing and success as they continue in their ministries.

                                                                                                                       (Report by Br. Ashwin Castellino)           


posted Jul 19, 2016, 9:49 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 10:06 AM ]

The Rector hereby invites tenders to be submitted for a CCTV surveillance system to be installed on campus. For the details of the specifications of the system and architecture kindly refer to the files below.

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