The Seminary formation helps the student step by step to become the shepherd of souls after the example
of the Good Shepherd. Being exposed to various forms of pastoral ministry, the students learn, by word
and by example and in their exposures, the art of directing souls, which results from the understanding of
the revealed Word of God they tend to proclaim in their speech and their life. Various ministries are guided by
the staff members in small groups.
1. Youth and Slum Ministry
The first year Theology students (34 Seminarians) engage in youth ministry and medical mission on
Sundays after tea. This weekly experience involves them in a supervised learning situation, which is usually
carried out in a school or parochial setting and in various slums.
The second year Theology students (21 Seminarians) are involved in teaching catechism to school children
on Thursdays, which gives them the opportunity to put into practice, what they learn in the class room.
3. Week-end ApostolateThe third year Theology students (29 Seminarians) engage in week-end apostolate in parishes mainly to
take marriage preparation classes, to teach catechism to children, to animate the liturgy and to visit houses
under the guidance of the Parish Priests.
The Deacons (47 Seminarians) are assigned to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Bangalore for their
diaconate ministry. They go to their allotted parishes on Saturdays, soon after lunch or tea and return on
Sunday before supper. They get ample opportunities to preach homilies, administer the Sacrament of
Baptism and distribute Holy Communion and to develop and demonstrate self-confidence as an ordained
minister. Further, they acquire pastoral and ministerial skills, evolve a method of pastoral action and
acquire confidence to handle a wide range of responsibilities and carry out the works entrusted to them
by the respective parish priests.
19 staff members assisted in guiding the pastoral ministry of the Brothers. They were assigned parishes
where our brothers go for ministry. They would visit the parishes and get a first hand report of the Brothers’
pastoral ministry and help them in the areas they had to improve.