Monday, 14 July 2014

Annual Report of the English Academy (Theology Section)

    The English Academy had a wonderful and memorable journey during the last academic year 2013-2014. The Academy encountered a rich experience of knowledge and learning. It also witnessed a variety of intellectual and eminent resource persons to enlighten the students.Some research students presented their meticulously and well planned person different topics which helped us students to enrich our knowledge and grow intellectually. The seminars presented before us some new outlook of life.
      The first English Academy was held on 23rd August 2013 in the Allan Audio Visual Hall with Rev. Fr. J.A. Santhanam, as the chair person. The paper was presented by the 3rd year theologians on the topic “Sri BrahmabandhabUpadhyaya and his significance for theologizing in India today”. The paper stressed on his inspiration for Intra-Religious Dialogue and inculturation, significances of Christ in a multi-religious context and his three loves that is India, God and Christ. The papers were well prepared and contained minute information about him. Rev. Fr. Santhanam concluded saying Upadhyaya is today a forgotten prophet, but he is the father of the Indian Christian theologians and the founder of Ecumenism.
      The 2ndEnglish Academy took place on 13th September 2013 in the Allan Audio Visual Hall with Rev. Fr. SusaiManickam as the Chair Person. The paper was presented by the 2nd year Theologians on the topic “Lumen Fidei” – ‘The Light of Faith’ the first encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical was very well presented extracting the main idea and reason behind writing the encyclical. The paper in a nutshell explained the essentials of Faith, Truth and Love. It also dealt on the relationship of human being with God the Father. After some clarification and sharingRev. Fr. Susaiconcluded saying that Pope Francis’ life has been inspiring and his humility is exemplary for all.
    The 3rdEnglish Academyat which first year theologians were supposed to present a paper on the topic “Human Trafficking” could not be materialized due to the tight academic schedule and unavoidable circumstances. We deeply regret for the inconvenience and non-availability.
    I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your active participation and co-operation in the last academic year.We place on record our heartfelt gratitude forthe former Moderator of the Academy Rev. Fr. Alphonso Francis who immensely contributed in the smooth functioning of the academy. I also take this opportunity to welcome our new Moderator Rev. Fr. Sylvester Toppo and the 1st year Theologians. We warmly welcome you to this journey on untraded path of knowledge. Thanking you all once again. 

Bro. Joseph Roy OCD

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