Events of the Year 2014-2015

June 30

St. Ephrem’s Seminary reopened after summer vacation. It cordially welcomed 26 new comers of which 3 are day scholars from Vincentian Congregation.

July 03

Dukhrana- The day St. Thomas Christians remember their father in faith. His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel presided over the function which inaugurated the new academic year.

July 07

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Adappacheril of the Eparchy of Palai joined our seminary as the resident staff and spiritual director. He holds a Master Degree in Sacred Scripture from Jnana Deepa Vidyapith, Pune.

July 12

Inauguration of the Village Ministry for the academic year 2014-15 took place today.

Aug 03

On the eve of Vianney Day, thirteen newly ordained priests of ETC came back to their alma mater for the Convocation Day and New Priests Day. Convocation ceremony took place in the evening. His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel presided over the function. Most Rev. Charles Soreng SJ, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Hazaribag was the Chief Guest.

Aug 04

Today is the feast of St. John Maria Vianney, the heavenly patron of all priests. Holy Qurbana was celebrated by the new priests.

Aug 09

Voluntary Social Ministry, ‘Premdan’ was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Antony Perumanoor in a meeting held after lunch.

Aug 15

This is a day of great ecclesiastical and secular importance. The Assumption of Our Lady and the 68th Independence Day of our country are celebrated today. We had a high sung Holy Qurbana in the morning. Later, national flag was hoisted and a short message was given by Rev. Fr. Mathew Olickal MCBS. At noon, we had the academy. Mr. Giriraj Singh, BSNL District Telecom Officer, Satna was the chief guest.

Aug 22

Annual arts and sports competitions in view of the Home Day began today. Rev. Fr. Thomas Manjalankal MST inaugurated the competitions and gave a short message on the occasion.

Aug 27

In the evening, we received the poignant news of the resignation of His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel as the Eparch of Satna due to ill health. He was serving our seminary as the Patron till last year and was appointed as the Chairman of the Synodal Ad hoc Commission of Bishops for ETC. He is a man of extreme simplicity and has fulfilled his duties with true pastoral outlook.

Sept 04

It was an important day for the Fourth year theologians as they appeared for the Moral Theology and Ecclesiastical Discipline Comprehensive Viva Voce examination.

Sept 07

Today, we celebrated the national festival of Kerala, Thiruvonam.

Sept 08

It was also a day of intellectual feast for the ETC Pariwar, as it hosted a symposium on the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium promulgated by Pope Francis.

Sept 18

The annual Sports Day in connection with the Home Day competitions was conducted today. Rev. Fr. George Vadkkumcherry, Parish Priest of Maihar Church, who is also an alumnus of our seminary, inaugurated the Sports Day.

Oct 1

It was a very special day for the ST. Ephrem’s Seminary as it celebrated Seminary Day today. In the morning, a high sung Holy Qurbana was celebrated. Very Rev. Fr. Rector, Thomas Kochuthara was the main celebrant. Later, in the evening took place the Home Day meeting and the cultural event. His Lordship Most Rev. Patrick Nair, Bishop Emeritus of Meerut, was the chief guest. Very Rev. Dr. George Mangalapilly, Honourable Administrator of the Eparchy of Satna, presided over the function.

Oct 20

Semestral examinations began today.

Oct 22

Rev. Fr. Philip Chakkummoottil left for Bangalore to attend the Indian Moral Theologians’ Conference.

Nov 03

Village Exposure Programme (VEP) for the First, Second and Third Year theologians commenced today.

Nov 13

Today took place the Comprehensive Oral Examination for the Fourth Year theologians.

Nov 15

It was another important day for the Fourth Year theologians as they appeared for the Comprehensive Written Examination today.

Nov 16

Annual retreat began with meditation points after Leliya.

Nov 22

It was a day of mixed emotions for ETC as some of her children were saying good bye to her. It was the ‘Farewell Day’ for the Fourth Year theologians.

Nov 23

It was a day of great ecclesiastical importance. The Syro Malabar Church offered two saintly flowers to the Catholic Church through the Canonization of Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara CMI and Bl. Euphrasia CMC. They were pronounced saints by Pope Francis in a graceful ceremony held at Vatican.
Brothers started leaving right from midnight for the Christmas vacation.
In the evening we had the Christmas celebrations for the entire Ephrem Pariwar.

Dec 20

This was a day of immense significance, joy and fulfilment for the mother ETC as her children moved a step forward to the priesthood. His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, member of the Synodal ad hoc committee for ETC, conferred the Minor Orders of Karoyusa on 17 of our brothers and the Hevupadiyakonusa on 12 of our brothers and the Major Order of Diaconate on 10 of our brothers.

Jan 05
The seminary reopened after the Christmas vacation.

Jan 22
Mission Day celebrations of ETC took place today. Programme began early in the morning. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara inaugurated the programme and gave a short but inspiring message.

Jan 26

Today is the Republic Day of our country. After the Holy Qurbana, all gathered in the front of the seminary for the flag hoisting ceremony. Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu VC, Rector of the Vincentian Study House, enriched all with a moving message.
As per the long standing tradition of ETC, today we celebrated the Village Day or ‘Ekta Divas’ (Children’s Day) for the children from neighbouring villages where brothers go for the Village Ministry on Saturdays. Around 600 children came for the programme.

Feb 04

In the evening after Ramsa the flag blessing of the parish feast of the Ephrem Nagar church took place. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara, parish priest, was the celebrant. The next two days are supposed to be the main feast days.

Feb 05

Procession of the parish feast took place today evening. Message of the feast was delivered by Rev. Fr. Sebastian Puthenpurayil. Many people in the Ephrem Nagar participated and sought the intercession of St. Ephrem.

Feb 06

Today morning we had the most solemn of our Holy Qurbana, i.e. Raza as part of the parish feast.

Feb 12

Today we had the community picnic to Bansagar, a multi - purpose water project built by the states of Madhyapradesh, Uttarpradesh and Bihar.

Feb 14

This was the day of Symposium on the ‘Catechetical Vision of the Syro Malabar Church’. Rev. Fr. Varghese Naickamparambil VC, Assistant Provincial Superior of the St. Thomas Province of the VC Congregation inaugurated the symposium in the morning. Rev. Fr. George Danavelil, secretary of the Syro Malabar Commission for Catechetics at Kakkanad, Kerala was the resource person.

Feb 16

Today was the Ash Monday. This day marked the beginning of the season of Great Fast. Sign of the cross with ash was marked on everybody’s forehead. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochuthara was the main celebrant.

Feb 22

Today, we received the shocking news of the unexpected demise of Rev. Fr. Varghese Parappilly of the Eparchy of Satna. He was also serving our seminary in the capacity of a visiting faculty.

Feb 27

Bro. Varghese Kossackal left for Allahabad representing ETC in an Inter - Seminary Symposium organized by St. Joseph’s Regional Seminary, Allahabad.

Mar 05

It was an auspicious day for the seminary as the Synodal ad-hoc committee of Bishops for our Seminary made its official visitation today. His Excellency Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, Bishop Emeritus of Satna, is the chairman of the committee. His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, Bishop of Ujjain, and His Excellency Mar Raphael Thattil, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Trichur are the members.

Mar 21

Study leave and examination days began.

Mar 29

Today we observed the Palm Sunday which marked the beginning of the Holy Week.

Apr 02

Today we observed Maundy Thursday and also the feast of the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

Apr 03

Today is Good Friday, the day in which we commemorate the passion, crucifixion and death of our Lord.

Apr 05
Today is the Great Day of Easter. This is the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord which is the very underpinning of our Christian faith.
Apr 09
End of the second semestral examinations.
In a gathering before supper, we bade adieu to Rev. Fr. Sebastian Adappacheril who returns to his home eparchy after rendering a year’s service to our seminary in the capacities of a spiritual director and a professor.

Apr 10

Seminary closed for the summer vacation.