Chronicle

Chronicle

MAJOR EVENTS IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17

Jun 30   Return of the staff and students; Rev Fr. James Kalayamkandam joined the resident staff

Jul 03   The feast of St. Thomas and inauguration of Silver Jubilee academic year by Mar Joseph Kodakalli, Chairman of the Synodal Commision for the              Seminary. Shri Ramesh Singh and Dr. Satyendra Sharma were present.

Jul 09   Inauguration of the village apostolate programme and pastoral ministries

Jul 12   Freshers’ day and Initiation ceremony of the first years

Jul 17   Project Green started.

Jul 19   Send-off to Rev. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam

Aug 02   Rev Fr. George Kudilil joined the resident staff; His Grace Mar Kuriakose Bharanikulangara visited

Aug 03   Convocation Day.

Aug 04   Feast of St. John Maria Vianney and the New priests’ Day

Aug 08   Releasing of Hand book and Calendar

Aug 15   Independence Day celebrations.

Aug 17   Sacerdotal silver Jubilee of Mar Joseph Kodakallil and his class mates

Aug 21   Very Rev Fr. Rector went to Kerala to participate in the Synodal meeting.

Aug 22   Annual Arts and Sports competitions begin.

Aug 25   First semester One day outing.

Sep 05   Teachers’ Day celebration.

Sep 08   Symposium on “Amoris Laetitia”. Key note address by Prof Dr.Scaria V Joseph MA,PhD.

Sep 13   Moral theology and canon Law Comprehensive exam for deacons.

Sep 14   Onam celebration

Sep 21   Annual Sports day; inaugurated by Mr. Renjit Kujur, the Circle Inspector of Rewa.

Sep 27   Feast of St. Vincent De Paul in Vincentian Study House.

Sep 28   Extension lecture on “Human Right and Women in India” by Adv. Sr. Mary Scaria SCJM, an advocate of Supreme Court.

Oct 11   Mercy fest - Chief Guest, Very Rev Fr. C.A Varghese the Vicar General of Marthoma Church

Oct 12   Synodal Commission visit of Mar Joseph Kodakallil and Mar Rapheal Thattil.

Oct 13   Pilgrimage to St. Vincent Cathedral on foot.

Oct 16   His Excellency Mar George Rajendran visited

Oct 19   First semester classes ended.

Oct 21   Picnic of Deacons.

Nov 03   Village Exposure Programme started.

Nov 05   Mar Joseph Arumachadath visited.

Nov 10   Comprehensive oral exam for deacons

Nov 10   Visit Mar Antony Chirayath visited.

Nov 11   Visit of Mar Gerald Almeida, the bishop of Jabalpur.

Nov 12   Comprehensive Written exam for deacons.

Nov 13   Annual retreat for deacons.

Nov 19   Send-off to deacons.

Nov 20   Annual retreat for the brothers.

Dec 01   Guided Meditation started.

Dec 14   Christmas celebrations in the villages.

Dec 19   Mar Antony Chirayath and Mar Joseph Kodakallil visited.

Dec 20   Major and Minor orders.

Dec 21   Christmas and New Year vacation.

Jan 02   One day outing for non-teaching staff.

Jan 26   Republic Day and Ekta divas Celebration.

Feb 01   The beginning of the feast of Ephrem church.

Feb 02   Mission day celebration and festal procession.

Febr 03   Parish feast.

Feb 05   Village anniversary celebrations begin.

Feb 19   Rev Fr. Xavier Christy the formation in charge of Capuchins visited.

Feb 27   Ash Monday.

Mar 01   One day seminar on “Dalits, Tribals and the Indian Church”

Mar 05   Village animators gathering.

Mar 08   Synodal Commission visit

Mar 24   Friendly gathering with Mar Joseph Kodakallil.

Apr 09   Palm Sunday and gathering with rector.

Apr 10   Summer Vacation started.

 

CHRONICLE 2015-16

June 30
St. Ephrem’s Theological College reopened today after the long summer vacation. All the fathers and brothers returned to the house with new vigour and enthusiasm. The kitchen of ETC was renovated and modified during the vacation. 8 Benjamin joined the seminary and one among them is a Vincentian. The 2nd year theologians also have got a new companion. The total strength of the seminary is 68. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara from the Eparchy of Gorakhpur also joined the seminary resident staff as the spiritual director and the professor of canon law.
July 1
There was a general cleaning and the brothers settled in. Fr. James Akkamparampil had gone to Kerala for his mother’s 1st death anniversary. The list of the new office bearers was put up and the brothers took charge. The monthly recollection began after Leliya. Fr. Joseph Edattu VC was the preacher. He gave the night points.
July 2
The monthly recollection ended by noon. Fr. George Vadakumchery and DST sisters from Maihar paid a visit to the seminary. Solemn Ramsa was celebrated in the evening as it was the eve of Dukhrana by Dn. Mullenmandil Thomas.
July 3
Dukhrana means remembrance. And for Syro-Malabar Christians it is the day of the remembrance of their father in faith St. Thomas, the apostle. ETC celebrated the feast very solemnly. Very Rev. Fr. Rector Thomas Kochuthara celebrated the most solemn holy Qurbana in the morning. Fathers from different communities of the Ephrem Pariwar concelebrated the Raza. All those who bear the name of Thomas were remembered in the mass and were wished festal greetings in the refectory. Fr. Alex Pandarakappil felicitated on the occasion.
Later, the meeting of the inauguration of the new academic year was held and Very Rev. Fr. George Mangalappilly presided over the meeting. Very Rev. Fr. Rector welcomed all to the function and Rev Fr. John Thoppil shared the plans and dreams in the new academic year. Bros. Kurian Uppukandathil and Thomas Edathil felicitated and thanked on the occasion respectively while Bro. Thomas Kochodackal performed a solo.
Before the lunch, Very Rev Fr. George Mangalappilly blessed the modified kitchen and Very Rev. Fr. Rector thanked him for his support and helping hands. A cricket match was conducted in the evening in connection with the feast day celebrations. The fathers and brothers were present in the ETC stadium to encourage the teams. Very Rev Fr Rector distributed the prizes to the winners. All the fathers of ETC joined the dinner with the DST community.
July 4
It was the birthday of Bro. Cleetus Palokkaran and he was wished by the community during the breakfast. The classes began on regular basis.
July 5
Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara and Fr. John Thoppil went to Satna for the Eparchial Consulter’s meeting.
July 6
Very Rev. Fr. Rector gave the brothers an instruction in the evening.
July 9
It was the feast of St. Alexander from whom Fr. Alex Pandarakappil bears his name. He offered the Holy Qurbana in the morning. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara greeted him the festal wishes before the breakfast. Initiation ceremony of the new comers was conducted today evening. Fr. Jerome Puthukulangara and 9 brothers were officially welcomed to the ETC community. Several programs and various games made the function beautiful. VC community also took part in the function. Dn. Job Kattapurath gave a short message on the occasion.
July 10
The ETC community gathered in the auditorium after the supper to listen to the new voices and the choir selection of the new comers took place. Rev Frs. Mathew Uthirakulam, Joseph Ottapurackal and Bro. Dominic Savio Kollarettu judged the event.
July 11
The Village Apostolate of the year 2015-16 was inaugurated today afternoon. Rev. Fr. Jerome Puthukulangara inaugurated the ministry and gave a short message on the mission given by Jesus. Very Rev. Fr. Rector, the members of the staff and all the students gathered for the meeting. 12 villages were selected for this year’s ministry. The pastoral ministry of the Deacons also started today.
July 13
Fr. James Akkamparambil rejoined the seminary community.
July 16
Bros. Francis Meenatheril, Kurian Uppukandathil and Joseph Vattapparayil celebrated their birthday today and were greeted in the refectory. Fr. Jerome Puthukulangara went to Gorakhpur for 4 days.
July 17
We received the sad news of the demise of the maternal sister of Dn. John Pariyathumalil. A requiem mass was celebrated and Office of the dead followed it.
July 18
Rev. Dr. Ayres Fernandes of the Arch-Diocese of Delhi reached the seminary to take the class.
July 19
Bro. Jacob Kaithackathottiyil celebrated his birthday today. He was greeted during the breakfast.
July 20
A requiem mass for Fr. Joseph Keezhedom VC, the former spiritual director of ETC was celebrated in the morning and the Office of the dead followed it.
July 22
It was an important day for the Eparchy of Satna and the ETC for we received the good news of the election of Rev. Fr. Joseph Kodakallil as the new Bishop of Satna. He is a resident staff and a well-wisher of ETC.
July 23
Today we had the Holy Qurbana in the Latin rite celebrated by Fr. Ayres Fernandes.
Fr. James Champakulathil from the parish of Khajuraho joined the seminary for the meal.
July 25
Today was the feast day of St. James. ETC had 4 members who bear the name of the Apostle- Fr. James Akkamparambil, Dn. James Kavunkal, Bros. James Placherry and Jacob Kaithackathottiyil. Fr. James offered the Holy Mass and all were greeted in a small gathering after the Holy Mass. Fr. Ayres Fernandes left for Bangalore.
July 26
Sr. Smitha SD, the provincial superior of the Delhi province and the former Superior General of the SD congregation and Sr. Mercia, the superior of the SD convent, Satna joined the ETC community for the meal. Very Rev. Fr. Rector and Fr. John Thoppil participated in the Eparchial Consulters’ meeting.
July 27
We received the sad news of the demise of the aunt of Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam. He offered the requiem mass for the repose of the soul which was followed by the office of the dead. Fr. Joseph Ammaikunnel CMF joined the seminary community to take classes for the 2nd and 3rd year theologians.
July 28
The feast of St. Alphonsa, the first saint of the Indian church, was celebrated today. Rev. Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal offered the solemn Holy Qurbana and the St. Alphonsa quarters (1st year’s block) was blessed by Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam, their animator. Fr. Jerome gave the spiritual instruction at 6:30 in the evening.
July 29
Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara greeted the brothers of the Bethany Congregation as they celebrated the feast of their Congregation today.
A small gathering was arranged before the meal to congratulate Msgr. Joseph Kodakallil, the bishop elect of Satna. It was his 1st arrival to the seminary after the announcement of the election. Very Rev. Fr. George Mangalappilly the Administrator who celebrated his birthday today was also present on the occasion. Very Rev. Fr. Rector greeted both of them and Bro. Varghese Kossackal, the General Prefect spoke a few words of felicitation.
July 30
Today was the death anniversary of the father of Fr. John Thoppil and the uncles of Fr. James Akkamparampil and Bro. Kurain Uppukandathil. A requiem mass was offered for the repose of the souls followed by the office of the dead.
July 31
Bro. Joseph Kurumuttath celebrated his birthday today and was greeted during the breakfast.
AUGUST 2015
August 1
We received the sad news of the demise of the maternal grandfather of Bro. Joseph Chorattuchamackala. A requiem mass was celebrated for repose of the departed soul and office of the dead followed it.
August 2
Fr. Thomas Chirattavayalil and Sr. Jasmine and Sr. Daisy of the Holy Family Congregation from the parish of Kailaspur visited the seminary.
August 3
The 10th Convocation Day after being affiliated to the Paurastya Vidyapitham and the 22nd New Priests’ Day of the ETC were celebrated in connection with the feast day of St. John Maria Vianney, the patron saint of the priests. 12 of the 13 ordained priests of ETC returned to the Alma Mater to be part of the celebrations. One was absent on the occasion due to health problems. The celebrations began with the Solemn Ramsa lead by Fr. Antony Vattamattam VC. After the evening prayers, all gathered in the ETC auditorium for the convocation ceremony. Most Rev. Dr. Chacko Thottumarickal, the Bishop of Indore, was the Chief Guest of the function and Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kodakallil presided over the meeting. Very Rev. Fr. Rector welcomed all. Fr. John Thoppil the Dean of Studies initiated the certificate distribution ceremony. The 12 new priests took oath and received the B. Th. Degrees from the Chief Guest. Dn. James Kavunkal felicitated on the occasion and Bro. Samuel Panachavilayil OIC performed a solo. Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Mangalappilly, the administrator and Rev Fr. Joseph Edattu VC were some of the dignitaries present for the function. The fathers and members of the Ephrem Pariwar also were present to take part in the celebrations.
After the delicious dinner, the most awaited cultural programme of the 1st year theologians was held and in between the new priests shared their pastoral experiences. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara presented them a memento on behalf of the Seminary. The VC community also joined the audience.
August 4
It was the feast day of St. John Maria Vianney. The celebration of the feast began with the solemn celebration of the Holy Qurbana by the new priests. Fr. Joseph Koonanickal offered the Holy Mass and Fr. Joseph Padanilam gave the Gospel message. Soon after the Eucharistic celebration St. John Maria Vianney quarters (4th years) was blessed by Fr. Devassy Kidangan. Ephrem Pariwar community also took part in it. Later, a friendly match was conducted between the new priests and the ETC team. The ETC team won the match. The new priests participated in the Eparchial gatherings. They also found time to be in the other communities of the Ephrem Pariwar. By the evening they left to Dewra and later returned to their dioceses.
August 5
Fr. Martin Punnolil from the parish of Singrauli paid visit to the seminary.
It was the prayer day of the month. The recollection began with the leliya followed by night points. Fr. Joseph Ammaikunnel led the recollection.
August 6
The monthly recollecton ended by the lunch. It was a happy day for the brothers of Adilabad for the official announcement of their new bishop came today. Fr. Antony Panengadan is the bishop elect of the Eparchy of Adilabad and Very Rev Fr. Rector congratulated the brothers of Adilabad.
August 9
Bro. Koovaparayil John celebrated his birthday and was greeted after the Holy Qurbana.
August 10
Very Rev. Fr. Rector gave instruction to the brothers in the evening
August11
Fathers went to Bethania study house to participate in the initiation programs of the candidates.
August 13
Fathers from different parishes of the Satna diocese where the deacons go for pastoral service came to the seminary for a meeting to evaluate the ministry and give suggestions. Frs. Thomas Chirattavayalil, Devassy Puthenpurackal, Antony Panachickal and Mathew Tharakkunnel were here from the different parishes of Kailaspur, Shergunj, Pathery and the Cathedral respectively. Rev. Fr. John Kandathinkara, the Provincial of the Vincentians, representing the parish of Maidani also was present for the meeting. All the fathers joined for the meal and in the afternoon they left. Fr. Jose Ammaikunnel left for Banglore after completing his courses.
August 15
Today was an important day in ecclesiastical and secular realms, for it was the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 69th Independence Day of India. The day was begun at the feet of the Lord with the high sung Solemn Holy Qurbana offered by Fr. James Akkamparambil. After the Holy Qurbana there was the Flag hoisting ceremony. Fr. James himself was the chief guest. Bro. Joshua Edakadambil OIC led the Pledge. Later, at noon an academy meeting was conducted and the chief guest was Mrs. Rita Srivastava, the teacher of the St. Claret School, Kothi. Brothers performed different programs in the function like skit, patriotic song, musical instrument show, speech, etc. The VC and Bethania communities also participated in the functions. Rev. Frs. Mathew and Cyriac Njayarkulam CMF visited the seminary and joined the community for the tiffin.
August 16
Fr. Thomas Manjalankal MST from the Ruhalaya seminary, Ujjain joined the ETC community to take classes for the Deacons on Catechetics. Frs. James Akkamparambil, Mathew Uthirakulam and Philip Chakkummoottil went to Jabalpur and returned in the evening.
August 19
All the fathers and brothers gathered in the class room to have a discussion on the Home Day celebrations of the year. It was decided that there will not be any competitions this year.
August 20
It was the day of the One day outing for the brothers. The fourth year theologians went to Maihar and the third year theologians went to Rewa. The second and first years went to Chithrakoot and Khajuraho respectively. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara left for Kerala to participate in the synod of the Syro- Malabar church taking place at St. Thomas mount.
August 21
Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam left for Gorakhpur to take classes in the LST Generalate.
August 23
Fr. James Akkamparambil went to Kailaspur and celebrated the Holy Mass.
August 24
Bro. Paul Edathinakath celebrated his birthday today and was greeted after the Holy Qurbana.
August 25
Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara rejoined the ETC community.
August 26
Fr. Thomas Manjalankal MST returned to Ujjain after completing his course.
August 28
‘Thiruvonam’- the festival of Kerala was celebrated in ETC today. It is a festival celebrated wherever there are Keralites. The brothers were engaged in different programs to make the day special. The first year theologians made a beautiful ‘athappookkalm’ and conducted the Onam games. The second year theologians were in charge of the preparation of the ‘Onasadya’ (lunch). Third year theologians made necessary arrangements. The games were conducted before the lunch and the ‘Maveli’ and ‘Vamanan’ reached on time. We had some special guests also on the occasion. Fr. Rossnagal, the parish priest of Stuttgert and Sr. Daisy SABS, the pastoral assistant from the diocese of Rottenburg, Germany and Sr. Mable SABS the financial officer of the SABS provincial house, Patheri visited the seminary as the guest of Fr. Joseph Ottappurackal. Fr. Alex Pandarakappil welcomed all the guests in the refectory. Then the delicious ‘Sadya’ was served. In the afternoon the brothers went to take part in the Onam celebrations of the different communities of the Ephrem Pariwar. Those communities visited ETC too for the same purpose.
August 29
The maternal uncle of Bro. Jacob Kaithackathottiyl passed away. A requiem Mass was offered followed by the office of the dead for the reposed soul.
August 30
Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam rejoined the seminary community. Bro. Thomas Kanjiraparambil left for Kerala.
August 31
The celebrations in connection with the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady began today. It comprises the solemn celebration of the evening prayers with Malayalam sermons by the 3rd year theologians.
SEPTEMBER 2015
September 1
We received the sad news of the demise of the maternal grandmother of Dn. Thomas Kuttikattu. The requiem Mass was offered followed by the office of the dead for the departed soul. Today Bro. Joshua Edakadampil OIC celebrated his birthday. He was greeted during the breakfast.
September 2
Very Rev. Fr. Rector rejoined the ETC community after participating in the Synod. His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC retired from the charge of the Chairman for the Synodal Ad hoc committee of St. Ephrem’s Seminary and instead Mar Sebastian Vadakkel MST is appointed the new Chairman by the Synod.
September 3
Today was an important day for the 4th year theologians as they appeared for the Comprehensive oral examination of Moral Theology and Canon Law. Rev. Frs. Philip Chakkummoottil and Jerom Puthukulangara were in the panel of examiners. A gathering was convoked in the evening before supper to bid farewell to Rev. Fr. James Akkamparambil. Fr. James had been serving the ETC community for the last 6 years in various forms like professor, finance officer, animator, village apostolate director, etc. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara felicitated on the occasion and presented him a gift as a token of our love and gratitude. Bro. Thomas Panthalanickal spoke a few words from the part of the brothers and the choir performed a felicitation song. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC, the new finance officer also was present on the occasion and very Rev. Fr. Rector welcomed him to the community. The members of the different communities of the Ephrem Pariwar participated in the gathering.
September 5
Fr. James Akkamparambil left for Ujjain in the morning. Some of the fathers and brothers accompanied him to the railway station. 5th September is celebrated as the national teacher’s day in memory of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the 1st President of India and ETC also celebrated the day. All the fathers were greeted by the brothers before the breakfast. Bro. Varghese Kossackal felicitated on the occasion.
September 6
Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC left for Kerala
September 8
It was the feast day of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr. Joseph Ottappurackal offered the solemn Holy Qurbana in the morning. The 8 days fast came to an end today. The day was also important as the Symposium on the year of the Consecrated Life was held today. Fr. John Thoppil, the Dean of Studies, extended a cordial welcome to all. Very Rev. Fr. John Kandathinkara VC, the Provincial of the St. Thomas Province of the Vincentians inaugurated the Symposium. Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara was the Moderator. Papers were presented by Bros. Jacob Kaithackathottiyil, Job Kavil OIC, John Vazhakalayil and Martin Chandrankunnel VC on different topics of Consecrated life. Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu VC, fathers and sisters from different parishes of Satna, candidates from different women religious congregations and brothers of the minor seminary of the Vincentians and of the eparchy of Satna attended the symposium. The symposium was over by noon and all joined the lunch.
In the evening, Deacons went to participate in the parish feast of Patheri. Fr. Thomas Varakukalayil CMF, the former manager of the Claretian Schools of Barakala and Kothi, joined the seminary community to take classes for the 2nd and 3rd theologians on Missiology and for the deacons on Mission in the Indian context.
September 9
Bro. Samuel Panachavilayil OIC celebrated his birthday today. He was greeted during the breakfast. It was the monthly prayer day and it began with the night prayers. Fr. Jerom was the preacher.
September 10
The prayer day was ended by noon. Bro. Thomas Kanjiraparambil rejoined the community. Fr. Josy of the parish of Rewa was here for 2 days.
September 12
Rev. Fr. Pauli Maniattu of the eparchy of Idukki, a former professor of ETC and Fr. Cyriac Valiyakunnumpuram of the arch-eparchy of Changanasserry joined the Ephrem community. Both the fathers are the professors of St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. Brothers of the decoration committee of the Episcopal Ordination went to Satna to do necessary things along with those to present the cultural programme. Necessary arrangements and cleaning were done in the seminary also to receive the guests.
September 13
Today Fr. Pauli Maniattu celebrated the Holy Mass. It was the birthday of Bro. Lona Kattuparambil. He was greeted in the morning.
September14
Today was an important day for the Syro Malabar Church as she celebrated the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. There was a high sung Holy Qurbana with the kissing of the Cross celebrated by Fr. Cyriac Valiyakunnumpuram. As it was the previous day of the Episcopal Ordination, ETC had many distinguished guests here. His Excellencies Mar Joseph Kunnath CMI, the Bishop Emeritus of Adilabad, Mar Joseph Kollamparampil CMI, the Bishop of Jagdalpur and Mar Rafi Manjaly, the Bishop of Allahabad visited the seminary along with Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Mundakathil, the Proto-syncellus of the Arch-eparchy of Changanassery. The family members and relatives of Msgr. Joseph Kodakallil, who came for the Ordination ceremony, also visited ETC.
September15
This was the most awaited day of the month by the eparchy of Satna. It was the Episcopal Ordination and Installation day of Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kodakallil. Some of the fathers and brothers of ETC were members of different committees. Rev. Frs. Joseph Ottapurackal, Alex Pandarakappil and Jerom Puthukulangara were in the Liturgical committee and Fr. John Thoppil was in charge of the transportation committee. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam was part of the decoration and stage committee. All the brothers were part of one or the other committees. Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, the Major Arch Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Church was the Main celebrant of the Episcopal ordination and His Excellencies Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC, the Bishop Emeritus of Satna and Mar Leo Cornelius, the Arch bishop of Bhopal were the concelebrants. After the ordination, the new bishop Mar Joseph Kodakallil offered the Holy Qurbana which followed his installation as the bishop of Satna. Many Bishops from different Syro-Malabar and Latin dioceses were present on the occasion. Later there was a common gathering to greet the new bishop. Many dignitaries participated in the meeting and felicitated. There were cultural programmes too and the brothers of ETC also staged a programme.
In the evening ETC was filled with joy as she could welcome the bishops of the Syro Malabar Church. His Excellencies Mar Sebastian Vadakkel MST, Mar Thomas Elavanal MCBS, Mar Thomas Thuruthimattam CST, and Mar Remigeos Inchanani, the bishops of the eparchies of Ujjain, Kalyan, Gorakhpur and Thamarassery respectively and Mar Jacob Muricken, the Auxiliary bishop of Palai visited our seminary and joined for the tiffin. Mar Jacob Muricken and Mar Thomas Thuruthimattam CST joined for the supper also and left in the evening. Mar Remigeos Inchanani stayed here for 3days.
September 16
Rev. Fr. Devamitra Neelankavil from the eparchy of Sagar reached the seminary to take classes for the Deacons on Eastern Spirituality. One of the previous batches of ETC who were the students of Mar Joseph Kodakallil visited the seminary as they came to participate in the Episcopal ordination.
September 17
His Excellency Mar George Madathikandathil, the bishop of the eparchy of Kothamangalam and 3 fathers of the same eparchy visited our seminary in the morning and joined for the breakfast. Very Rev. Fr. James Mangalassery, the Proto-syncellus of the eparchy of Idukki and some other fathers of the same diocese also paid a visit to our seminary. They represented the eparchy of Idukki and the bishop in the Episcopal ordination.
September 21
Today was the feast day of St. Matthew, the apostle and the evangelist. ETC also celebrated the feast as she had 2 of her sons, Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam and Bro. Mathew Njavarakattu bearing the name of the apostle. Fr. Mathew offered the solemn Holy Qurbana and after the Mass all gathered in the refectory to greet both the festarians. Fr. John Kondooparambil of the eparchy of Ujjain joined ETC to take classes for the 1st year theologians on Liturgy of Hours instead of Mar Joseph Kodakallil.
September 22
Bros. Thomas Cherupurackal and Dominic Savio Kollarettu celebrated their birthday today and were greeted after the Holy Mass. Today was a joyful one for ETC because she received the news of the appointment of Rev. Fr. John Thoppil as the Proto-syncellus of the diocese of Satna. He has been serving our community as the Dean of Studies, professor and in various other ways. Very Rev. Fr. Rector congratulated him on his appointment.
September 23
His Excellency Mar Joseph Kodakallil offered the Holy Qurbana here in ETC today. It was his 1st arrival to the seminary after his Episcopal ordination. After the Mass, there was a small gathering in the refectory in which Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara welcomed and congratulated His Excellency.
September 24
Very Rev. Fr. Rector announced that Rev. Fr. Joseph Ottappurackal was appointed as the new Dean of Studies of St. Ephrem’s Theological College as Very Rev. Fr. John Thoppil is entrusted with the new office of the Proto-syncellus of Satna. It was also said that Rev. Fr. George Mangalapilly will be joining the resident staff of ETC as Fr. John Thoppil is moving from here.
September 25
Today Rev. Fr. John Thoppil offered the Holy Mass. He took the charge of the Proto-syncellus of the eparchy of Satna. Bros. Joseph Champakulathil and Kuriakose Kudukkamthadathil celebrated their birthday. They were greeted in the refectory. Fr. Philip Mattathil of the eparchy of Palai and the professor of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth joined the ETC community to take classes for the 2nd and 3rd year theologians on Syriac Patrology. Fr. John Kondooparambil left for Ujjain.
September 26
It was the feast day of St. Vincent De Paul. The fathers and the brothers joined the Vincentian study house for the Holy Qurbana and the festal celebrations. In the evening ETC also participated in the VSH for the delicious dinner.
September 27
Today there was a basket ball match between the brothers of ETC and the fathers of Satna diocese. ETC won the match. In the evening, Fr. John Thoppil, the Proto-syncellus of Satna and Fr. Martin Punnolil came to the seminary accompanying Fr. George Mangalapilly to the seminary. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara gave a warm welcome to all of them. They also joined for the supper.
September 28
Fr. Sebastian Nellikatt from the eparchy of Adilabad joined the seminary community to take classes for the 1st years on Fundamental Moral Principles. In the evening, before supper a small gathering was held to bid farewell to Very Rev. Fr. John Thoppil. Bro. Sebastian Puthenpurayil made a farewell speech remembering all the hard works of father for the seminary and the seminary choir performed a farewell song. Very Rev. Fr. Rector felicitated on the occasion and presented a gift to Fr. John as a token of our love. He also officially welcomed Rev. Fr. George Mangalapilly to the ETC community. Members of the Ephrem pariwar also took part in the function.
September 29
Fr. Devamitra Neelankavil returned to his diocese after completing his course.
September 30
Today it was the feast of Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara. He offered the Holy mass in the morning and before the breakfast he was greeted in the community. Rev. Fr. Thomas Varakukalayil returned to Kerala after completing his courses. In the afternoon there was no class in view of the Home Day celebrations. Brothers made the decorations, took the practices for the programmes and did the cleaning to celebrate the day.
 
OCTOBER 2015
October 1
St. Ephrem Theological College celebrated the Seminary Day today. In the morning Very Rev. Fr. Rector offered the Solemn Holy Qurbana. It was also the birthday of Bro. Mathew Njavarakattu. He was greeted in the community after the Holy Mass. Later brothers engaged themselves in the decoration and arrangements.
The Home Day meeting took place in the evening. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kodakallil was the chief guest of the function. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara extended a cordial welcome to all the guests. Rev. Fr. Alex Pandarakappil, the Vice Rector presented the report of the year 2014- 15. The function was packed with various cultural programmes staged by the brothers. The cash award for the brothers who scored high marks was distributed for the respective ones. The ETC auditorium also witnessed a special event on the occasion- the publication of the book “Do the Christians Submit to the Political Authorities?” written by Rev. Fr. Joseph Ottappurackal. The audience included the entire Ephrem Pariwar and fathers, brothers, sisters and candidates from various communities and parishes of the eparchy of Satna. The function was followed by a mouth-watering dinner in which all joined.
October 2
We received the bad news about the accident of Fr. Thomas Chirattavayalil, the parish priest Kailaspur.
October 3
Fr. Philip Chakkummoottil left for Ujjain to take class in the Ruhalaya Seminary, Ujjain.
October 6
Very Rev. Fr. Rector gave instruction to the brothers in the evening.
October 7
Today, Bro. Abraham Erattachirayil celebrated his birthday and was wished the greetings during the breakfast.
It was the monthly prayer day. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Nellikatt was the preacher. The recollection began with the night prayers.
October 8
The recollection ended by noon.
October 9
Bro. Abraham Erattachirayil celebrated his feast and the community wished him festal greetings.
October 10
The new procurator of the ETC, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC joined the seminary community. He belonged to the St. Thomas Province of the congregation and the first batch of ETC. he served in one of the parishes in Satna for a few years and worked in Iereland too. He did his M.Th studies in Scripture from the St. Peter’s in Bangalore. He was the director of the Vincentian Retreat centre in Jamshadpur before his appointment here. It was the last day of the village ministry of this semester as the semesteral examinations are going to start. Frs. Philip Mattathil and Sebastian Nellikatt returned to their destinations after completing their courses.
October 11
The cousin brother of Bro. Paul Edathinakath visited the seminary and spent some time here. Today was the last day of the pastoral ministry for the deacons. Rev. Fr. Shellmon from the Arch diocese of Bhopal reached the seminary to take classes for the deacons on youth ministry.
October 13
ETC received the glad news that Bro. Varghese Thannickappara has got the 3rd prize and Cash Award in the ‘Zeitler Memorial Annual Essay Competition’ on the subject “Consecrated Life: A Call to Greater Authenticity” conducted by the Ishvani Kendra, the Institute of Missiology and Communications, Pune. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara congratulated him on his achievement. Today we celebrated the holy Qurbana in the Latin rite offered by Fr. Shellmon. In the evening he returned to his diocese.
October 16
Today was the last regular class day of this semester. Fr. George Mangalpilly left for Kerala to attend the meeting of Central Liturgical Commission held at Kakkanad.
October 17
Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC, Bros. John S. Joseph and Joseph Rathappillil celebrated their birthday today. They were greeted by the community.
October 18
Fr. Philip Chakkummoottil rejoined the ETC community. The 1st and 4th year theologians went and took part in the parish feast of St. Vincent Cathedral today. ETC received two distinguished guests of Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam, Rev. Fr. Antony Jose, his uncle and Acharyasree Visakam Tirunal, his Yoga Guru. Very Rev Fr. Thomas Kochuthara gave them a warm welcome.
October 19
The first semester examination began today. In the evening there was an extended lecture on “Self Realisation: Creating link between the Ultimate Reality and the Peripheral Reality” by Acharyasree Visakam Tirunal. All the Brothers including the VC community and the Fathers participated in it.
October 20
Deacons left for Nainital for their batch picnic.
October 21
Frs. Philip Chakkummoottil and Joseph Ottappurackal left for Pune to take part in the theological conference. After the conference, they will be taking part in the Episcopal Ordination of the new Bishop of the Eparchy of Adilabad.
October 22
It was the day of Dasra and all the brothers were permitted to go out to Satna to take part in the celebrations. Some brothers went out and took part in the celebrations.
October 23
Today was the birth day of Dn. Thomas Mullenmandil. The community prayed for him during the Holy Mass.
October 24
It was the 9th death anniversary of the Father of Bro. Kurian Uppukandathil. The holy Mass was celebrated followed by the office of the dead for the repose of the departed soul. Mar Ephrem Narikulam, the bishop of the eparchy of Chanda reached the seminary as part of his visit to the brothers from the eparchy. It was the feast day of St. Antony Mary Claret. All the fathers of the seminary and some representatives of the brothers went and joined the Claretian community for dinner. Rev. Deacons returned and joined the seminary after their picnic. The guests of Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam, Acharyasree Visakam Tirunal and Fr. Antony Jose left for Delhi.
October 25
Fr. Jeorm Puthukulangara left for Gorakhpur.
October 26
Dn. Job Kattapurath left for Adilabad to attend the Episcopal ordination of their bishop, Very Rev. Msgr. Antony Panengadan.
October 27
Very Rev. Fr. Rector left for Adilabad to take part in the Episcopal Ordination and celebrations of the new bishop.
October 28
Today was the 1st death anniversary of Fr. Raison MSFS, the cousin brother of Bro. John Koovapparayil. The departed soul was remembered in the Holy Mass and office of the dead was said.
October 30
Very rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara and Dn. Job Kattapurath rejoined the seminary community after the Episcopal ordination in Adilabad.
October 31
Frs. Philip Chakkummoottil and Joseph Ottappurackal rejoined the community.
 
NOVEMBER 2015
November 2
The Village Exposure Programme of this year commenced today. The 2nd and 3rd year theologians left for Jabalpur and Buxar respectively early in the morning after the Holy Mass. The 1st years left for Kailaspur by noon. Fr. George Mangalapilly rejoined the ETC today.
November 3
Rev. Frs. Mathew Uthirakulam and George Mangalapilly went to Satna to attend the Annual retreat for Satna Eparchial priests.
November 4
Rev. Bros. Varghese Kallely and Varghese Thannickappara left for Allahabad to represent our seminary in NITS Conference 2015 being held at St. Joseph’s Regional Seminary. Bro. Varghese Kallely celebrated his birthday today. The community prayed for him during the Holy Eucharist.
November 5
Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara rejoined the community.
November 6
Frs. Mathew Uthirakulam and George Mangalapilly rejoined the community after the retreat. The kitchen staff had an outing to Chitrakoot today. Rev. Deacons joined the Bethania community for the supper.
November 7
Dn. Thomas Pattery celebrated his birthday today and was greeted after the Holy Eucharist. Rev. Frs. Thomas Kochuthara and Mathew Uthirakulam went to Panna to attend the Lissieu Anand School Anniversary function. Later Rev. Frs. Thomas Kochuthara and Joseph ottappurackal went to Satna to take part in a meeting in the Bishop’s House. Rev. Frs. Alex Pandarakappil and Jerom Puthukulangara visited the 1st year students who are in VEP in Kailaspur. A few faithful of the Cathedral parish, Satna paid a visit to the seminary.
November 8
Rev. Deacons had a farewell lunch at the Bishop’s House, Satna and they joined the CSN community for the supper. A few of the Reverend fathers went to Maihar to participate in the parish feast.
November 9
Rev. Frs. Alex Pandarakappil and Sebastian Kallath VC attended the SH School Anniversary in Rewa. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara left for Gorakhpur.
November 10
Bro. Samuel Panachavilayil OIC celebrated his Feast day today and the community prayed for him in the Holy Qurbana. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Vattukulam CMF the Provincial Superior of the St. Thomas Province of the Claretian community paid a visit to the seminary. Rev. Frs. Job Vallianiyil and Panthllooparambil from Landi along with a few sisters visited the ETC.
November 11
Rev. Sr. Maria DST from Maihar paid a visit to the seminary.
November 12
The Comprehensive Oral Examination of the 4th year theologians took place today. The panels for the examination consisted of Frs. Thomas Kochuthara and George Mangalapilly in Systematic Theology, Frs. Joseph Ottappurackal and Mathew Uthirakulam in Sacred Scripture and Frs. James Akkamparambil and John Kondooparambil in Church History and Liturgy.
November 13
Bro. James Placherry celebrated his birthday today. The community prayed for him during the Holy Mass.
November 14
We had two guests Frs. Valakamattathil VC and Parayil VC. It was another important day for the 4th year theologians as they appeared for the Comprehensive Written Examination today. The brothers of different batches returned to the seminary by the evening after their VEP.
November 15
Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC left for Jamshadpur. Very Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Munjelil MCBS, the Asst. General of the congregation reached the seminary by noon to lead the Annual Retreat for the Deacons. The retreat began for all after the night prayers. Fr. Thomas Urumpumkuzhy CMF, the vocation promoter of the congregation, reached the seminary late night to lead the retreat for the other three batches.
November 18
Bro. Samuel Panachavilayil OIC left for Kerala to attend the marriage function of his brother.
November 20
Today was the last day of the annual retreat. We had the Raza celebration of the Holy Euchairst offered by Very Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Munjelil MCBS and he returned before noon. The Retreat got over by noon. Bro. Joseph Chorattu Chamakala who celebrated his birthday today was greeted in the refectory at noon. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara rejoined the ETC community. Fr. Thomas Urumpumkuzhy CMF joined the Claretian community after the retreat and from there he will be going. The Deacons joined with the VSH for the lunch and with the Claretians for the tiffin.
November 21
It was a joyful and at the same time sad day for the ETC. The 24th batch of ephrem’s children went out today to achieve their dream of priesthood. The farewell gathering was conducted in the evening followed by the Solemn Ramsa celebrated by Dn. Sebastian Kochappilly VC. Very rev. Fr. Rector extended a cordial welcome to all to the function. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara felicitated the Deacons on the occasion. The 1st Theologians staged a felicitation song and Bro. Varghese Kossackal expressed the words of felicitation on behalf of the brothers. The deacons shared their experiences in ETC in between. The gathering followed a sumptuous dinner. The VSH and the Claretian community were present on the occasion.
Dns. Thomas Kuttikkatt, Thomas Pattery and Job Kattapurath left in the evening. All the others had left the next day morning.
November 23
Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC rejoined the seminary. The classes for the 2nd semester started today.
November 24
The Volley Ball Court was under renovation in the last months. Today the renovated court was inaugurated by conducting a match among the brothers. The winners were given prizes too.
November 25
St. Ephrem’s parish was in the most joyful mood as one of her children, Joel (Ammu), the daughter of Shino and Sheela, had received Holy Communion for the first time. The whole Ephrem Pariwar gathered in our chapel today evening to participate in this happy occasion. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kodakallil offered the Holy Eucharist and gave the First Holy Communion to Joel together with Confirmation. Later, all gathered in the refectory and Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara congratulated her on behalf of all. Everyone joined the delicious dinner too.
November 26
All the brothers who returned with the great missionary Zeal after the VEP were eagerly waiting for the sharing session and it was arranged today in the evening after Ramsa. Two each from 2nd and 3rd year theologians and one from the 1st year theology shared their missionary experiences. A report also was presented by Bro. Varghese Thannickappara on the NITS conference they attended. All the fathers were present on the occasion to hear the brothers.
November 28
Bro. Samuel Panachavilayil OIC rejoined the community. We began the new liturgical year with the celebration of the Solemn Ramsa.
November 29
Bro. Joseph Edathil celebrated his birthday today and was greeted in the community after the Holy Qurbana.
November 30
Fr.James Akkamparambil joined the community to take classes for the 2nd and 3rd years on General Church History. Today Very Rev. Fr. Rector gave instruction to the brothers in the evening. The selection of the Christmas friends was held today evening before supper.
 
DECEMBER 2015
December 1
25 days lent began in preparation for the Christmas.
December 2
Fr. Kachappilly paid a visit to the seminary together with his guests from the eparchy of Sagar, Fr. Thomas Lal Pathil, the co-ordinator of Family Apostolate in MP and the team of his collaborators
December 3
Bro. Francis Meenatheril who celebrated his feast today was greeted during the breakfast.
December 4
Today Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam rejoined the seminary community.
December 7
Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal celebrated his birthday today. He offered the Holy Qurbana. After the Eucharistic celebration everybody gathered in the refectory to extend birthday greetings to him. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara greeted him the wishes of the day. In the evening Solemn Ramsa was celebrated in connection with the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.
December 8
We celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary today. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC offered the Hoy Mass. It was also a day of great importance in the whole Catholic Church as it was the inauguration day of the Jubilee year of Mercy announced by Pope Mar Francis.
December 11
His Excellencies Mar Sebastian Vadakkel MST and Mar Joseph Kodakallil visited the seminary as part of the visitation of the Synodal Commission of ETC. They made discussions with the staff of the ETC and joined the community for the lunch and tiffin. Both of them left in the evening.
December 12
Rev. Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal left for Singrauli for two days.
December 16
Rev. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam left for Kerala for Christmas vacation. Christmas celebrations of the year started today in the village Katoriya. The brothers performed different programmes which conveyed the message of Christmas. Fr. George Mangalapilly spoke to the villagers a few words. Very Rev. Frs. Thomas Kochuthara and Alex Pandarakappil joined the function. After the celebrations we also visited the houses of the members of the Ephrem parish in Kothi.
December 17
Frs. Sebastian Kallath VC and Joseph Ottapurackal left for Delhi. Today we had the Carol singing in Barakala village and in all the communities of the Ephrem Pariwar.
December 18
We celebrated the feast of the Miraculous Cross of Mylapore today. We had the sacred kissing of the Cross during the high sung celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Sr. Usha SH, the Provincial of the Sacred Heart Congregation of Delhi paid a visit to the seminary today. The Preparatory retreat for the reception of the Minor Orders and the Diaconate started with night points after the Leliya. Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara was the preacher.
December 19
The preparatory retreat continued till evening with talks, confession and holy hour. The Vincentians joined the ETC for the tea. Today we had two guests, Fr. Joseph Periyappuram from the Diocese of Jabalpur as a guest of Bro. John Koovapparayil and Sr. Jerosa, the aunt of Bro. Thomas Vanchickal. Both of them visited the seminary to participate in the ordinations of their related ones.
December 20
This was a day of immense joy for ETC as her children took a step forward to priesthood. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kodakallil, the Bishop of Satna conferred the Minor Orders of Karoyusa on 7 of our brothers and Hevupadyaknusa on 18 of our brothers. 16 of our brothers received the Major Order, Diaconate from the Bishop. Very Rev. Frs. Thomas Kochuthara and John Kandathinkara VC, the Provincial of the St. Thomas Province of the Vincentians assisted His Excellency in the ceremony. Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu VC, Fr. David from the eparchy of Sagar and several other fathers, sisters and brothers and the members of the Ephrem Pariwar took part in the graceful ceremonies. We also had two guests of Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal with us, Mrs. And Mr. Barbara and Robert Soll from Germany. They were here for two days. All the guests joined the community for the lunch.
In the evening we had the Christmas celebrations for the entire Ephrem Pariwar. Members from all the communities were present for the function. There were few Christmas cultural programmes too. Brothers started leaving right from the midnight for the Christmas vacations.
 
JANUARY 2016
January 8
The seminary reopened after the Christmas vacation. Most of the fathers and brothers have reached back and the rest is expected to join soon. Dn. Dominic Savio Kollarettu, Bros. Ouseph Kodiyan and Joseph Vattapparayil are yet to come.
January 9
Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam joined the community after the vacation.
January 11
Fr. Devamitra Neelankavil reached ETC to take classes for the 2nd and 3rd year theologians on Sacred Orders. Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal and Bro. Ouseph Kodiyan rejoined the community after the vacation.
January 12
Today we received the glad news about the election of an Auxiliary Bishop for the eparchy of Kanjirappilly. Very Rev. Msgr. Jose Pulickal who was the Proto- Syncellus of the eparchy is the new bishop. The community wished Bro. Varghese Kalakkal of the eparchy of Kanjirappilly the greetings of the election.
January 13
Very Rev. Fr. Rector joined the community after the Christmas vacation. He stayed back after the holidays to attend the Adhoc committee meeting at Kakkanad. The prayer day of the month began after the leliya with the night points. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam was the preacher.
January 14
The prayer day continued till noon.
January 15
In the evening, before supper, everybody divulged the name of their Christmas friends and exchanged the gifts.
January 16
Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara joined the community after the vacation.
January 18
Sr. Eliza, the Vicar Provincial of the SABS congregation, Satna together with Sr. Mable SABS paid a visit to the seminary today.
January 20
It was the feast day of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of Fr. Kallath VC and two of our brothers, Bros. Puthenpurayil and Kumbidiyammackal. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC offered the Holy Qurbana in the morning. All gathered in the refectory to wish them the greetings of the day. Very Rev. Fr. Rector extended the festal greetings. Bro. Joseph Vattappara rejoined the community. Rev. Fr. Neelankavil Devamitra left for his Diocese after completing the course. A football match and a movie show were arranged today evening on behalf of the mission day celebrations. Most of the Ephrem Nagar joined the event.
January 21
The mission day celebrations of the ETC took place today. Programmes began in the morning with the inauguration by Rev. Fr. George Mangalapilly. He also gave a thought provoking message. Lucky draw and Auction were other attractions to collect the sum for the mission cause. Vincentian, Bethania and Premsadan communities joined the celebrations and the lunch. Fr. Tajo Vaniamplackal of the eparchy of Satna paid a visit to the seminary in the evening and joined the community for the tea.
January 24
Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara left for Gorakhpur.
January 26
Today is the Republic Day of our country. All gathered in front of the seminary for the flag hoisting ceremony. Rev. Fr. Antony Thannickal CMF was the chief guest. He enriched us with a beautiful message. We also celebrated the Villlage day or the Ekta Divas today for the children from the neighbouring villages where brothers go for the village ministry. Around 600 children came for the programme. Games and cultural programmes were arranged for them. Refreshment packets were distributed to them and they went back in the evening. Fr. Rony Maruthummoottil, the director of the social service society of the eparchy, was also present in the function.
January 27
Today, in the evening after Ramsa, the flag blessing of the feast of the Ephrem Nagar church took place. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara the parish priest was the celebrant. The next 2 days are supposed to be the main feast days. Fr. George Mangalappilly left for Bhopal today evening.
January 28
Procession of the parish feast took place in the evening after the solemn celebration of the Ramsa led by Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara. The procession went through all the houses in the Ephrem Nagar. Message of the feast was delivered by Rev. Fr. John Pullan, the assistant director of the School in Panna. After the return of the procession, there was the blessing of the ‘nercha’.
January 29
This morning we had the celebration of the RAZA Qurbana in connection with the parish feast. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC was the main celebrant. Most of the fathers of the Ephrem Pariwar and all the communities joined the celebration which was followed by breakfast.
January 31
Rev. Frs. Sebastian Kallath VC, Philip Chakkummoottil and Mathew Uthirakulam left for Jamshadpur to participate in a Jubilee celebration.
 
FEBRUARY 2016
February 1
Bro. Thomas Kanjiraparambil celebrated his birthday today and was greeted in the refectory. Rev. Frs. James Akkamparambil and Sebastian Kuttianiyil reached the seminary to take classes for the first years and second and third years respectively. Fr. Sebastian Kuttianyil is from the eparchy of Palai and is the director of the Bible Apostolate of the eparchy. He holds a doctorate in ‘Psalms’ from the university of Jerusalem and is taking classes on Historical Books. The parents of Dn. Joseph Rathappillil paid a visit to the seminary and will be leaving only after two days.
February 2
It was the birthday of Bro. Thomas Thuruthimalil. The community greeted him the greetings of the day.
February 4
A Cricket match was conducted between the ETC team and the team of the Claretian School in the School stadium. Some of the fathers and brothers were present in the stadium to see the match. Though we played well we lost the game.
February 5
Today we celebrated the feast of the commemoration of the dead as it was the last Friday of the period of epiphany. In the morning we offered the holy Qurbana followed by the office of the dead in commemoration of the dead. Very Rev. Fr. Rector gave an instruction to the brothers in the evening after the Ramsa.
February 7
Today we had three guests of Rev. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam, Srs. Suja Rose and Sonitha of the Christhudasi congregation and Ms. Sumi Joseph. Sr. Suja and Ms. Sumi are the cousin sisters of Fr. Mathew. By the evening, Rev. Fr. Cyril Anand OIC reached here and joined the community to take classes for the students of 2nd and 3rd year theologians on the Gospel of St. Matthew. He is the Rector of the Bethany Ashram in Pune and a friend of Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal. The village anniversaries of the year started today with that in the Purva village.
February 8
Today was the Ash Monday and it marked the beginning of the Season of Great Fast. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara was the main celebrant of the Holy Qurbana and the ceremony of the signing of the Cross with the ashes on the forehead. Most of the Ephrem Pariwar joined the prayerful event. Fr. Mathew Uthirakulam celebrated his birthday today. He was greeted in the refectory by the community at lunch. The visiting professors were taken to Maihar for a leisure trip.
February 9
Fr. George Mangalappilly rejoined the community today.
February 11
It was the one day outing day of the semester. All the brothers had gone out in batches to different places- 1st years to Satna, 2nd years to Allhabad and 3rd years to Maihar. Some of the fathers with the visiting professors have gone to Khajuraho.
February 12
Dn. Joseph Panackachira went to take part in the inter seminary Bible Quiz competition which is conducted in the Ruhalaya Major Seminary, Ujjain. Rev. Fr. James Akkamparambil left after completing his classes.
February 13
Bro. Varghese Thannickappara celebrated his birthday today and was greeted in the community during breakfast.
February 15
Today Fr. Cyril Anand OIC offered the Holy Qurbana in the Malankara Rite. Fr. John Kondooparambil of the eparchy of Ujjain joined the community to take classes for the 1st years on theology of Liturgy. Bro. Joseph Panackachira rejoined the community after taking part in the Quiz competition. He scored the 2nd prize in the competition in which twelve representatives of different seminaries participated. Very Rev. Fr. Rector congratulated him on his achievement.
February 16
Fr. Chandy Kalathoor MST, the professor of the Ruhalaya Seminary, Ujjain joined the community today.
February 17
It was a day of intellectual and spiritual sharing, for today the ETC auditorium became the venue of the one day seminar on the Papal bull “Misericordiae Vultus”. The seminar began with the inaugural session presided over by Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kuttianiyil who inspired the audience with a wonderful message. Rev. Fr. Cyril Anand OIC was the moderator of the seminar and Rev. Fr. Chandy Kalathoor MST was the resourced person. Fr. Joseph Ottapurackal, the dean of Studies extended the welcome to everyone. There were two sessions of paper presentations followed by discussion in different groups. Then there was also time for sharing and clarifications. The seminar was concluded by the message of the moderator and the vote of thanks by Bro. John Vazhakalayil. The VSH, Bethania, CSN communities, SABS, SH, SD communities from Patheri, brothers from Shergunj and Madhavgath and Fr. Antony Panachickal also took part in this intellectual banquet. Later all joined for the lunch.
Fr. Chandy Kalathoor MST returned to Ujjain in the evening. The monthly prayer day started today after the Leliya with the meditation points. Fr. Sebastian Kuttianiyil was the preacher.
February 18
The prayer day continued till the lunch time. The volley ball team of the seminary went to Madhavgath to play with the minor seminary brothers. But the team returned with the loss of game.
February 21
Rev. Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara rejoined the community. Very Rev. Fr. Rector and Fr. Sebastian Kallath VC went to Maihar today.
February 22- 23
Some of the fathers of the ETC went to Satna to take part in the Presbyteral Council.
February 23
Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kuttianiyil left for Ujjain after completing his course.
February 25
Very Rev. Fr. Gevarghese Kuttiyil OIC, the Provincial of the Navjeevan Province, of the Bethany Congregation paid a visit to the seminary. He is a friend of Fr. George Mangalapilly and the batchmate of Fr. Jerom Puthukulangara. Very Rev. Fr. Rector welcomed him on behalf of the community. Rev. Frs. Cyril Anand OIC and John Kondooparambil left for Pune and Ujjain respectively after completing their courses. This evening, we solemnly celebrated ‘kappavattu’, the harvest of tapioca.
February 26
Bro Kurian Uppukandathil lef for Allahabad to attend seminar on the encyclical of Pope Francis, ‘Laodato Si’ in St. Joseph’s Regional seminary, Allahabad. We welcomed Rev. Fr. Antony Kattuparambil of the Arch-eparchy of Ernakulam- Ankamaly today. He is a friend of Fr. George Mangalapilly. Today, Very Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Kuttiyil OIC offered the Holy Qurbana for us in the Malankara rite in a solemn form. He also had meetings with the brothers of Bethany. In the evening he left for Bilahai. Fr. Mathew Thekkedath, the professor of Christian Aramaic, reached the seminary to take classes for the 1st year theologians. He is from the Arch- eparchy of Changanasserry and is the parish priest of Navanasrath church, Kumarakom.
February 27
Today, Bro. Sebastian Kumbidiyammackal celebrated his birthday. He was given the greetings of the day during the breakfast. In the morning, the community gathered in the auditorium as per the instruction of Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara, The Rector. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kodakallil had come to meet the community. He was elected the Synod as the chairman of the Synodal Commission for ETC which consists of Mar Sebastian Vadakkel MST and Mar