Rev. Dr. Andrew De Rose
Standing in the premises of St. Paul’s Seminary as her new Rector gives me immense joy and delight. We have inaugurated the new academic year 2019-2020, whereby our St. Paul’s Seminary proudly enters the 99th milestone of her journey in faith and commitment.
“The seminary is a community journeying towards priestly ministry” says Pope Benedict XVI. Three elements stand out in this statement: (a) Seminary is a community; (b) It is on a journey; and (c) The goal of the journey is priestly ministry. The facilitators of formation and the formees join hand in hand in fraternal union, walk step by step in human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral formation, and reach the threshold of priestly ministry.
Appreciating the dedicated service of the staff members, and the zeal and zest of the seminarians, I wish you all a blessed academic year 2019-2020.
Rev. Dr. Andrew De Rose
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 99 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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03 Fri Reopening of the Seminary
04 Sat Classes begin
08 Wed Recollection for the Seminarians
09 Thu Homiletics
09 Thu Staff Council Meeting
13 Mon Seminar Presentation
18 Sat Intersem Colloquium
21 Tue Unity Octave (TELC)
24 Fri Philosophy Symposium
25 Sat Conversion of St.Paul (Feast)
26 Sun 71th Republic Day
04 Tue St.John De Britto Feast - Holiday
05 Wed Recollection for the Seminarians
05 Wed Recollection for the Staff
06 Thu English Academy (Th)
07 Fri Spiritual Conference
10 Mon Tamil Academy (Ph)
12 Wed Last Day for Submitting Seminar Assignments (Th)
17 Mon Theological Integration
17 Mon Philosophizing on Current Issues
19 Wed Animation Picnic(Th)
19 Wed Last Day for Submitting Dissertation for B.Ph
20 Thu Valedictory Meeting of the Academies (Th)
24 Mon Year End Board Meeting (Th)