The Feast of St John Mary Vianney

August 4th, 2021 by

St John Mary Vianney is the patron saint of all Parish Priests. Therefore, St Joseph’s Seminary was glad to celebrate the feast of this great saint who through his prayer life inspires all future priests. The celebration of the feast began on previous eve with a solemn vespers conducted by Rev. Fr Ronald Serrao (the Rector), Deacons Augustine and Balraj. The following day, at 8.15 am there was a friendly football match between the students of Philosophy and Theology. After a great struggle the match was ended with 2 goals each. Having finished the match, we had a festive Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. presided over by Bishop Emeritus, Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza. In his homily, he highlighted the main qualities of St John Mary Vianney who spent 16-18 hours in prayer and at the confessional. He said Jesus is the good shepherd, ready to lay down His life for the sheep and applying this principle, the bishop continued that John Mary Vianney was always ready to serve the people. The Bishop invited the Seminarians to follow the example of Jesus and St John Vianney and become good shepherds of the Church. After the Mass Seminarians greeted Fr Maxim D’Souza (Parish Priest of Jeppu), a happy feast and Fr Antony George Pinto on his birthday. Thereafter, the Bishop released, ‘Two-Edged Sword – A Handbook for Lectors.’ The 40 – pages book is authored by Fr Ronald Serrao, Rector, and it is published by Mangala Jyothi.

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