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RECTOR'S MESSAGE

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Rev. Dr. S. Arokiaraj

A Spiritual Spring

We began on 6th March 2019 the Season of Lent, which is a season of God’s love, compassion, grace and forgiveness. This is also a time of preparation in order to celebrate in a fitting manner the Solemnity of Holy Easter and thus enter into the spring season of our spiritual and community life.  To achieve this goal we are urged to have a ‘Metanoia’ which means a true conversion from all evils and a return to God.

As we all know, in the season of autumn the leaves become dry and fall from the trees, and the branches look as if they are withered. But when the season of spring comes, they sprout once again with fresh, tender and green foliage. The trees thus become greenish, blossom and bear fruits.

Similarly our spiritual life also faces an autumn because it is dry or almost dead due to selfishness and search for self-glory. For, we have gone far away from God by turning ourselves away from our brothers and sisters who are in need of our love, consolation, encouragement, support, words of hope, charity and so on.

So also, the season of Lent has to bring about in our Christian life a drastic and radical change in spiritual and social level. In other words we must change internally, convert ourselves and return to God, as the Prodigal son returned to his father. In other words, we are expected to eradicate the causes of sin and remove from our lives the ignorance, negligence, lack of love, selfishness, envy, hatred, lies, revenge, gossip, hypocrisy etc. Thus we have to take a “U” turn in order to journey back to God and to our community. This must take place both at the internal and external level.

For, our holiness depends upon our reconciliation with God, which is not possible without a reconciliation with man and the entire creation.

Hence let our observance of Lent be ardent and sincere so that our entire life might enter into the Joyful Season of Easter, from which springs forth the Peace and Blessings of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the name of the Risen Lord, I wish you a Happy and Grace-filled Holy Easter!

WELCOME TO ST. PAUL'S

HANDBOOK AND CALENDAR

St. Paul’s seminary was erected by the Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Faisandier, the then Bishop of Tiruchirappalli, on June 1921 with the motto “set apart for the Gospel of Christ”(Rom 1:1). At first, it was entrusted to the Madurai Mission of the Society of Jesus, accommodating the seminarians from the dioceses of Tiruchirappalli, Thoothukudi and Madurai, and later on it became the provincial seminary of the Madurai ecclesiastical province, thus including the dioceses of Kottar, Palayamkottai, Sivagangai, Dindigul, and Kuzhithurai.

On 4 December 1975, the theology section was affiliated to the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. And, on 29 March 1978, the Jesuits handed over the administration of the seminary to the board of bishops of the Madurai ecclesiastical province. But, with a view to promote contextualized theology, it was disaggregated from the pontifical Urban University, Rome, and was aggregated to St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangaluru on 31 May 2005.

The section of philosophy was transferred from St. Paul Seminary to the Christ Hall Seminary, which was initially a regional major seminary and then functioned as a provincial major seminary for the ecclesiastical province of the archdiocese of Madurai from June 1984. From the year 2006, it was functioning as an autonomous philosophate with the recommendation of apostolic visitors from Holy See, and that was integrated as part of St. Paul’s seminary, Tiruchirappalli, from the academic year 2015-2016.

On the occasion of its platinum jubilee (1995-1996), a post-graduate programme of Licentiate in Theology was started, and from the year June 1991, religious sisters and lay persons were admitted for the studies. In the last 98 years of its existence, it has formed 1695 priests of whom 25 have been made bishops. So far, 973 students have been awarded the B.Th. degree and 27 persons have obtained the Licentiate degree. This institute continues to welcome all those who wish to do their B.Ph., B.Th., and Licentiate studies!

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LATEST NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 2019
18 Mon :

M.Th. Dissertation Defence till 21st

21 Thu 

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B.Ph. Comprehensive Oral Exams for the II Year Philosophers

25 Mon

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B.Ph. Comprehensive Written Exam for the II Year Philosophers

 

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Year End Staff Council Meeting till 27th

 

 

April 2019

27 Sat 

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Diaconate Ordination

 

 

 

May 2019

31 Fri

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The Arrival of the I Year Theologians and the I Year Philosophers

 

 

 

 

20 June 2019 Inauguration of the Academies (Theologians)

24 June 2019 Inauguration of the Academies and Oratories (Philosophers)

24 June 2019 Second Session Exams Begin

27 June 2019 Homiletics - I (Theologians)

01 July 2019 Tamil Oratory - I (Philosophers)

 


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