ST. MARY'S MINOR SEMINARY

ST. MARY’S MINOR SEMINARY: A BRIEF HISTORY

St. Mary’s Minor Seminary is the minor seminary of St. Paul Province of Heralds of Good News. This long cherished dream of having a minor seminary in Kerala came true on 15th July 2004. It is located at Karunapuram by the Thaliparamba – Koorg Boarder highway near Alakode in Kannur district of Kerala State in India. It was blessed by his Excellency Mar George Valiyamattam, the Archbishop of Thalassery, and was inaugurated by Very .Rev. Dr. Mathew Kallikat the then Director General of Heralds of Good News. It has been flourishing over the years from a form of seed to a tree, yielding varieties of fruits. Holding on to the motto of our society, it focuses on the formation of hardworking, zealous, and saintly missionaries at a primitive level to be sent out for the service of God and humanity. The particular motto of the Seminary is “To Love and To Serve.”

So far there had been seven rectors, starting with Rev. Fr. Tomy Kuttiyanimattathil HGN, and Fr. Mervin Varyankunnel HGN, Fr. Varghese Padayatty HGN, Fr. Reji Kanjirathumkunnel HGN, Fr. Selvan Lazar HGN, Fr. Thomas Olikunnel HGN respectively. Over 300 students have marched through this newly born institute. At present Fr. Paul Pynadath HGN is the Rector of this institute with four staff members and 54 students. The Minor Seminary forms the brothers in three different levels. In the first year the students get initiated to the seminary life undergoing a year of orientation. Then there are second and third years who do their intermediate studies, getting ready for the upper level of formation. The seminarians here are provided with a curriculum wherein they get spiritual, intellectual, human, and pastoral formation.

This seminary is very much indebted to Very. Rev. Dr. Jose Kaimlet HGN the Founder of our Society of Heralds of Good News, who continues to be an inspiration, and whose vision and hard work, motivates us to move forward witnessing to the Gospel of the Lord, proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We are always guided and enriched by the fatherly concern of his Excellency Most. Rev. Dr. George Njaralakkatt the Archbishop of Thalassery, Very. Rev. Fr. M. Ignatius the Superior General of HGN and Rev. Dr. Saji Sebastian the Provincial Superior of St. Paul Province.

Committed to the integral formation of the seminarians, the Seminary marches forward in its faithful service to God and His Church. We express our heartfelt gratitude to god almighty for the providence and guidance that we experience at every interval, the founder and superiors of the missionary society of Heralds of Good News, the provincial and his councilors of St. Paul province for timely intervention and full support for the day to day running of the seminary. All our younger brothers who would like to join our missionary congregation with 10th and above academic qualification in proper family back ground and adequate Christian education are most welcome to this family of priests and seminarians. Let us humbly place ourselves at the feet of mother Mary the mother of priests and seminarians for her most powerful intercession for a holy life and formation.

 

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