posted Sep 9, 2016, 10:06 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 10:21 AM ]

Every alternating year the Cultural department of the seminary hosts inter-class street play competition. It is an opportunity for the seminarians to display the best of their talents at the same time to bring about an awareness on the various social issues which we face in the society today. This year there was a blend of various social themes which moved hearts, spread cheer and at the same time evoked a sense of social responsibility among the audience. The esteemed judges for the evening were Fr. Anthony Fernandes (Asst. Priest, St. Joseph Church, Goregaon), Dr. Sr. Anitha Chettiar DHM (Social Worker, Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work) and Fr. John Almeida (Joint Director of Joseph Cardign Technical School). The following is a gist of the various street play’s presented class-wise by seminarians.

FIRST PRIZE: Orientation Year

Every year 50% of accidental deaths are due to our negligence towards accident victims. Hence, their street play revolved around our responsibility towards accident victims, attempting to bring about general awareness of people's misconceptions and their reluctance to lend a helping hand.


Their play was titled ‘Adhoore Sapne’ and the message they were seeking to convey was this: “In this male dominated society most of the times the voice of women is not heard! Many a times the dream of a girl remains a dream in itself. Why does this happen? Do they have no talents? They have talents, but our perception of women is limited to a housewife working in the kitchen and other stereotypes. But if we look at the Rio Olympics, only women won medals and made our country proud. So it's time for us to wake up and support women and treat them equally and believe in their talent.

THIRD PRIZE: 2nd Year Theologians

Titled ‘Pari-WAR’, their street play highlighted the various issues that face family life today. The main issues highlighted were Alcoholism, Extra-marital affairs, Addiction to Pornography, Addiction to Social Media and Neglect of the sick and elderly in the home. All these vices create a war in the family and lead to a breakdown of this most important institution that is a vital building block of society. An effort has been made to create awareness and inspire people to uphold family life. 

CONSOLATION PRIZE: 1st Year Philosophers

This is their message in their own words: “We are giving a message to the people to support farmers and to encourage farmers so that they don’t despair and commit suicide. It’s our fight too and we as responsible citizens must continue to encourage and educate farmers to demand for and acquire their long-pending rights. The play is a wake-up call to each one of us and it also revolves around providing solutions to farmers so that they are not compelled to take any untoward steps.”


The message they wished to convey in their play ‘Islamophobia’ is as follows: “In our times hatred towards and fear of the Muslims is a growing concern. Any terrorist attacks or acts of hate are directed towards them. We as responsible citizens of our country need to be aware of such things and break the stereotypes and cynical attitudes towards Muslims. This play was directed towards making us aware of the growing atrocities and the attitude associated with our Muslim brethren.”

CONSLOATION PRIZE: 3rdYear TheologiansSynopsis

The whole play revolved around the theme of donating one’s organs andsaving lives. The theme was presentedand communicated in three acts that show the importance of blood and organ donation during one’s lifetime and after death. Thus, it proposed the message that we ought toshare lifeand save life through organ donation.


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)


posted Aug 18, 2016, 9:57 AM by St Pius X College   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 10:03 AM ]

The formation imparted at the St. Pius X Seminary is geared towards the Sacrament of the Holy Orders. Two significant steps towards this end are the Ministry of Lector and the Ministry of Acolyte, which are conferred upon the first and third year theologians respectively. On August 18, 2016 Bishop Percival Fernandez in the presence of the entire community conferred these ministries upon the brothers.

                ( Newly inducted Lectors - I Year Theologians )                             ( Newly inducted Acolytes - III Year Theologians )

The Ministry of Lector empowers the seminarian to proclaim the Word of God and thereby invites them to cherish the Holy Scriptures and dedicate oneself to the reading, preaching and living of it.

The Ministry of Acolyte endows the seminarian to administer Holy Communion to the people of God. It is also an invitation to deepen their love for the Holy Eucharist and to bring Christ healing to the sick and suffering.

Let us pray for these brothers that along their journey towards the priesthood this pit stop may help them renew their commitment to Follow Him. 

                                                                                                                (Report by Br. Cliffton Mendonca)  

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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