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Seminary

Rector : Very. Rev. Fr. Xavier Raj C. J

Vice – Rector : Rev. Fr. A. S. Paul

Prefect : Rev. Fr. Ben Bose

Prefect : Rev. Fr. Binu T.

Spiritual Animator : Rev. Fr. Suresh Babu

Spiritual Father : Rev. Fr. Cheriyan Varambath CM

HISTORY

Since the erection of the Diocese of Neyyattinkara in 1996 our students were sent to St. Vincent's Seminary, Kazhakuttom for priestly formation. ThE newly eracted diocese felt the need of clarifying its 'vision and mission' for its future ministry. At this juncture the whole presbyterium and representatives of religious priests, sisters and of the laity met for this purpose at Kottiyam in February 1997. At this 'LIVING TOGETHER' the great expressed desire was having a seminary for us and the decision was taken to have a Minor Seminary of the Diocese to cater to the Spiritual needs of the Neyyattinkara Mission and to foster indigenous vocation to priest-hood. This cherished desire was fulfilled on 1st November 1997 with the blessing and Inauguration of St. Francis Xavier's Seminary at Ezhakode, Peyad by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Vincent Samuel, Bishop of Neyyattinkara. Rt. Rev. Msgr. S. Thomas and Rev. Fr. Xavier Raj C. J. were appointed as its first Rector and Vice - Rector raspectively. In the academic year 1997 - 98 the tirst batch of students was selected for the Neyyattinkara Diocesan Seminary and these students were accommodated in Carmel Hill Monastery, Pangode till tha new seminary was blessed and occupied. In 1998-99 we started the Pre-degrae course for those who successfully completed the Juniorate Course. In the academic year 2000-2001, we could start Plus Two (Humanities) as well as the Degree (Sociology) Courses. In November 2000, Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Peter was appointed as the Pro-Rector of the Seminary. In this academic year, 2001 - 2002, Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Peter is appoinied as the Rector and Rev. Fr. Nixen Raj J. Xavier as the Prefect of the Seminary.

RULES AND REGULATION

Formation is the self initiated transformation of a human person to be an integrated person. The different dimensions of human person, such as physical, intellectual, spiritual and social, are to be nurtured to peruse the expected goal. We aim at the development of these special dimensions that is to be a “Human person a Holy person".

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Vocation is the response given by a human person to the silent call of the Divine Creator. To listen to His call we must attune our inner self to the voice of the Divine. Spiritual life will lead one to listen and to react to the call. We expect all to follow consciously the following,

  1. Conscious effort must be given to the spiritual journey. Give importance to Morning Prayers, Meditation, Holy Mass, Examination of Conscience, Rosary, Night Prayer and Personal Prayer.
  2. Morning bell reminds us to praise God with the nature, so all must get up, kneel down and loudly recite the Morning Prayer with full devotion.
  3. The Holy Eucharist is the centre of the whole life of the seminary (CIC 246.6). Our life is centered on this perfect sacrifice. No one is exempted from this with out prior permission of the superiors.
  4. Cultivate a habit of meeting the Spiritual Animator/ Father once in a month at least. Seminarians should go for confession frequently (CIC. 246.4), as our rule goes compulsorily once in a month.
  5. Recollection day is normally on the First and Second Thursday of the month respectively in SFX and SVS. It begins on Wednesday evening. Lest you have a grave reason no one is exempted from this.
  6. In order to cultivate special devotion to Mother Mary on every Saturday there will be Marian Devotion and to inculcate a meaningful prayer experience and sharing all the candidates are expected to be in all BHC meetings.
  7. Holy Hour on every Thursday will provide you the energy to work for others. All must take active participation to gain a God Experience.
  8. All are encouraged to cultivate a life of prayer. Also one must find time to devote himself before God. Candidates are expected to prepare points for the following day's morning meditation after the night prayer.

INTELECTUAL FORMATION

Wisdom is he gift to the one who 'fear God'. But knowledge is your efforts and hard work. Seminarians must cultivate an art of study and reading skills. Your vision is the fruit of your knowledge.

  1. It is compulsory to attend all classes on time with out fail. Exceptions are granted only with prior permissions only.
  2. Use your free times, as prescribed, to read newspapers and all other useful periodicals.
  3. No one may remove or appropriate for himself any article of common use in the seminary (Furniture, Cutlery and Crockery, Missal, Lectionaries, etc...).
  4. Morning and evening study are to be considered sacred. No one is permitted to roam around any where at this time.
  5. Mal-practices in the examination or in any other evaluative process will be seriously punished. No one is encouraged to lie or show incorrigible behavioural patterns.
  6. Strict discipline to be observed in the classes. Active and sincere co-operation with the professors is expected from students. Prior to the commencement of the class the infirmarian is obliged to inform the concerned professors about the absentees.
  7. Your Language becomes the mirror of your personality. Since English is the medium of your study here and in future mastering the Language is highly valued.
  8. Respecting others freedom is the sign of a gentleman. Keep silence in the class rooms.

PHYSICAL FORMATION

We all know the saying a 'healthy body has a sound mind'. To face the world of tomorrow you must be strong both in mind and in body.

  1. Eat your daily bread with a thankful heart and fraternal charity.
  2. Access to kitchen is reserved to the refectorians and the informarians.
  3. Manual work is an initiation to the apostolate of labour. Let each one of you be proud of contributing towards the growth of the seminary through your physical efforts. No one should remove anything from the garden without permission.
  4. Whenever a common work is assigned all must take it seriously and do with a brotherly spirit of service.
  5. All must take part in the outdoor games. If your health does not permit you must get the exemption from the superiors. Indoor games are allowed during the recreation time after lunch and at play time, if it rains.
  6. Relationship is fostered through communication. Thus recreation after lunch and supper is compulsory. No one is exempted to retire to dormitory at this time.

PASTORAL FORMATION

  1. A priest as a leader of the community should learn to behave gently. A seminarian should learn to accept and respect others. Healthy human relationships are encouraged through co-operation and dedication.
  2. Healthy community life is essential for the integral human growth. Uphold the values of love, understanding, mutual concern, discipline, punctuality and honesty.
  3. Since conflicts are common in human life the seminarians should learn to deal constructively with conflicting situations.
  4. An inevitable difference of opinion in community life should be resolved in a brotherly spirit. "In certis unitas, in dubils libertas, in omnibus caritas".
  5. Visitors, whether priests, family members or other lay people will be allowed only after the community activities and in order to talk to them the prior permission is to be obtained from the Superior.
  6. A Seminarian has to learn the proper use of telephone. Polite and prudent use of it makes life happier. With the permission of the superiors on prescribed days and time only a seminarian can attend the calls.
  7. Telecommunication shortens the distance. As a seminarian one must aim at shortening the space between Himself and God. No seminarian is permitted to use mobile phones.

GENERAL RULES TO BE OBSERVED

  1. The Students shall always be conscious of the nature of this institute and live an exemplary life.
  2. In a spirit of faith and obedience to God, they shall obey their superiors and office bearers appointed from among them. ("Obey your leaders and submit to them: for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give an account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you").
  3. Inhuman ways of addressing one another especially colloquial forms of addressing, the use of nicknames etc. should be avoided (Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the law and the prophets-Mt. 7:12).
  4. The uniform of the Students shall be white mundoos and white shirts, and black pants and white shirts with full sleeves. They should wear the uniform for daily Mass and for important functions.
  5. If a seminarian is sick and cannot get up or unable to participate in any of the community activities, the infirmarian should verify the matter and report to the superiors. The dormitory shall always remain closed except for sleeping at night.
  6. Strict silence should be observed at prescribed times, i.e. from night examination of Conscience to morning breakfast, while going from Chapel to the Refectory, during study time and class hours and in the prescribed places such as chapel, dormitory, closets and bathrooms etc.
  7. The students shall keep an exact account of all their income and expenses.
  8. Letters should be written only on holidays and hand them over to the Superior; but in case of urgency letter can be written with the prior permission of the Superiors. Telephone calls to the Seminarians are not entertained.
  9. To go out of the Institute eg., to the Hospital, for shopping etc., prior permission of the superior is to be obtained and on their return they must report in person.
  10. If grave reasons are made known about seminarians, the authorities concerned may ask him to withdraw from the seminary. Dishonesty, incorrigible behaviour, showing of dissensions, indiscipline, insubordination, lack of spirit of prayer and pastoral zeal, unhealthy friendship and unbecoming behaviour, laziness and repeated failures in the examinations are some of the signs that a Seminarian is not suited for priestly ministry

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