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
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.
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.
PRIZE & BEST SCRIPT AWARD: 1st Year Theologians
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.
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.”
PRIZE & BEST DIRECTOR AWARD: 2nd Year
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.”
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.
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
wish all the newly ordained deacons, blessing and success as they continue in
(Report by Br.
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