Fr. Rathan Almeida, OCD
Director and Programme 

Fr. Augustine Robert, OCD
Dean of Studies

Fr. Rakesh Parmar, OCD


Seminar on Consecrated Life in the Third Millennium - Hopes and Challenges:

January 26, Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore organized a full day seminar on Consecrated life in the third millennium: hopes and challenges. At 9:00 am seminar started with registration and at sharp 9:15 am programme was begun. Participant’s response was enthralling and mind boggling. Sisters from 53 congregations from Mysore, ten congregation sisters from Dhyanavana and four men congregation brothers and fathers participated in the Seminar. Number of the participants swelled into 436 and more. Seminar was organized in Pushpashrama premises.

Seminar was commenced by invoking God’s choicest blessings on the gathering. Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas Director of Dhyanavana welcomed the gathering and briefed about the institute and the purpose of the seminar. Then the dignitaries were called forward to light the lamp and then creatively the monastic door was opened by Rev. Fr. Provincial, Rev. Fr. Alfred Menezes and Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas in order to unravel the log of the year. Afterwards Fr. Dominic introduced Rev. Fr. Provincial to the gathering and invited him for the keynote address.

Very Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD Provincial Karnaataka Goa Province in his keynote address dealt with the challenges of Religious formation today. He spoke about vital elements of formation, motivation, aptitudes for vocation and formation and challenges of today in formation.

Very Rev. Dr. Pius James, OCD Episcopal Vicar for Religious of Mangalore Diocese and Director of Ryshivana, Mangalore dealt on the Biblical foundation of Religious Life. In his talk he emphasized on a special call to Israel and the objectives of the special call and its main characteristics like; Called for an intimate relationship, Consecrated with a typical life style and commissioned for a particular function.

Rev. Dr. Baptist Rodrigues, OFM- Professor, Deena Seva Ashram, Bangalore spoke about, Consecrated life: A historical Perspective. He narrated the origin and initial development of Religious Life up to twentieth century.

Rev. Dr. Xavier Manavath, CMF Episcopal vicar for Religious of Bangalore and Director of Sanyasa presented a paper on New way of living the Evangelical Counsels today. He on dealt on the points like Understanding of the vows until the council, pressing concerns regarding vows and the emerging vision after the council.
Rev. Dr. Selvaraj Arulnathan SJ, Head, Research Unit, Indian Social Institute, Bangalore. He presented a paper on Prophetic Dimension of Consecrated life in the Multi- Religious and social context of India. He highlighted on the following points, Consecrated life in India, consecrated life as prophetic role within the church, Indian social scenario and mission of a religious amidst the poverty.

Swami Karunakarnada – Professor, Ramakrisna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education (RIMSE), Mysore. He spoke about the basic concept of traditional Advaita sannayassa. The difference between Ramakrisna Order Sannyasins from traditional Sannyasins, the basic workings of Ramakrisna Mission, their formation daily schedule and their spiritual life.

Rev. Fr. Sylvester D Souza OCD Councilor In Charge of Spirituality carried on the deliberations and valediction.

Thus the programme came to an end at 4:30 by singing the anthem of Dhyanavana and serving the high tea. All the participants were in praise for organizing seminar on consecrated life and selecting eminent speakers to present the papers on the same. Programme was compeered by Rev. Fr. Canute and the physical nourishment of the participants was looked after by Rev. Fr. Richard Saldanha. We express heartfelt gratitude to Pushpashrama community for their whole hearted cooperation.


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