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Inauguration of the Academic Year and the Lectio Brevis at Kripalaya
Kripalaya, the Institute of philosophy and religion situated in Bogadi of Mysuru District - Karnataka, is affiliated to the Faculty of Philosophy of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru and is an Institute for Ecclesiastical Higher Studies. The Inauguration of the Academic Year 2024-25 and the Lectio Brevis was held on 18 June 2024.

The day began with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the morning. At 10 o’clock, a con-celebrated mass of the Holy Spirit was presided over by Rev. Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, the Rector of Kripalaya and the Vicar Provincial of Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka (HTP). In his homily, he invited all the brothers to make a difference in one’s own and in others life during this academic year. A High-Tea was organized soon after the mass.

Lectio Brevis of the Academic Year began at 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium of Kripalaya. Rev. Fr Richard Menezes OCD - the Director and Superior of Dhyana Sadhana, the Centre for Holistic Spirituality - Bogadi, Mysuru was the Chief Guest of the day. He unveiled the Academic Calendar of the year and delivered a Key-note address on ‘the Philosophical Approach to life’. Speaking on the importance of philosophical studies as future priests, he invited the students to venture into critical thinking and to love the endevour of gaining wisdom while wondering at the beauty of life. He wished the students and the staff to give the best in their academic pursuit. All enjoyed the grand meal graced on the occasion, soon after the Lectio Brevis.

Br Donald D’Souza (HTP) compared the Lectio Brevis and Br Albinus from Nirmala Matha Custody: Assam-Meghalaya (NMC) accorded a cordial welcome through his welcome speech. Br Thomson Regi from Krist Jyoti Province North-West India (KJP) presented a mesmerizing video and showed the glimpses of Kripalaya. Rev. Fr Prashanth Noronha, the Vice Rector and the Dean of Studies presented the Academic Calendar and the various programmes of the year. All the residential teaching staff explained the courses that they would be dealing during the year and wished the students very best in their studies. Br Ashton Lobo from Holy Trinity Province rendered the vote of thanks. During the occasion of Lectio Brevis, a new Anthem of Kripalaya was released. During this Academic Year, 18 brothers from HTP, 9 brothers from KJP and 9 brothers from NMC would be pursuing their Ecclesiastical studies in Philosophy.

Kripalaya stands indebted to Rev. Fr John Alwyn Dias, the Provicial of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka and the Moderator of the Institute for his guidance and financial assistance to the Institute. Kripalaya is also grateful to Rev. Fr Raphie Paliakara, the Provincial of Krist Jyoti Province North-West India and Rev. Fr Renny Velayapallil, the Custos of Nirmala Matha Custody Assam-Meghalaya for placing their trust in the formation given at Kripalaya by sending their students to the Institute.

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