Deekhsa Bhavan Minor Seminary welcomes new Rector
BALLARI, 23 MAY 2024:

Fr Gnanapragasam T. was installed as the new Rector of Deeksha Bhavan, Diocesan minor seminary on May 23 at Bellary.

A solemn celebration of taking charge took place at Deeksha Bhavan, with Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary, presiding over the ceremony.

In his address to the gathering, Bishop said, “A seminary is a hrat of the diocese, which form young men as priests who would be pastors. He reminded that Jesus came into this world not to be served, but to serve”.

“To be priests today is very challenging ministry, as many demands are made on priests. Young priests should acquire right attitudes and competency. They need to be spiritually well founded and become skilled persons to meet the challenges of the present day world”, stated Bishop Henry D’Souza.

Bishop gratefully acknowledged the service rendered by Fr Alphonse George to the seminary by imparting good formation through availability, approachability and dedication. His service as the rector has inspired many seminarians to walk in the footsteps of the Lord.

Bishop also congratulated the incoming rector Fr. Gnanapragasam. He said that there is great responsibility in his hands to mould and form the young minds to become more dedicated and committed priests for the diocese and the Church. The formation needs to moulds the seminarians integrally through human, intellectual, social and spiritual formation.

Brother Shown thanked the out-going Rector and his dedicated and devoted service. The installation ceremony came to end with the words of thanksgiving by the outgoing rector Fr Alphonse Gorge.

Fr O Vincent, Vicar General, Fr P V Antony, Fr Nelson Menezes and the staff of the Bishops House attended.

Deeksha Bhavan was founded by Bishop Joseph D’Silva, the third Bishop of Bellary Diocese on 29 June 1994, to nurture local vocations to the priesthood. The seminary has profoundly given so many vocations to the church to serve and love. It is the house of vocations and it nurtures it wholly.

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