1. Fully Human
If an efficient leader is expected to possess human qualities in order to lead others
effectively, the same should be much more true with regard to a leader of a faith community,
that is, the priest. In view of this orientation, during their formation, the Seminarians are allowed
enough freedom to be themselves, without undue fear and inhibitions in order to be formed to
become Christ like. Regarding this, Pastores Dabo Vobis, the Apostolic Exhortation of
Pope John Paul II states: “Future priests should therefore cultivate a series of human
qualities not only out of proper and due growth and realization of self, but also with view
to ministry” (n. 43). In order to achieve this objective, the seminary forms the students to be
balanced persons, strong, free and capable of bearing the weight of pastoral responsibilities.
Duties are assigned to the seminarians in each section and through proper guidance they
are given opportunities to develop a sense of responsibility. Through Animation groups, the
responsibilities are shared so as to help everyone grow in leadership skills. The seminary
provides personal attention to each student while retaining the unity of discipline and
scientific training for a holistic development.
2. Community Life
A healthy community life is essential for integral human growth where love, understanding,
mutual concern and discipline prevail. The staff-student cordial relationship and the inspiring life
of the inmates are made visible in a healthy community. We celebrate our communion with
the Lord in worship, be it the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, Recollection, Spiritual
Conferences or shared meals, and all the common activities together in our community.
The Student Council Meeting is held twice a year (once in each semester). The students
bring forward their suggestions, grievances if any and positive aspects of their formation
through their respective Doyens and Student Representatives in a meeting with the Rector,
Vice-Rector, Procurator, Administrator and Staff Representatives.
18 out of the 26 Staff Members serve as animators to the students. In order not to
be lost in a crowd and be left in anonymity, small groups of 10-15 brothers are formed under
one animator with whom they interact more often in order to learn the finer aspects of
formation where their leadership and organizational qualities could develop. In small groups,
they have more opportunities for group prayers, Word of God celebrations and liturgy
besides the day-to-day living together.