In Solidarity with the Divine Potter
A Word of Introduction
Sacred Seminary enjoys a rich historical and spiritual heritage. She has been engaged in the formation of priests since its inception on 8 September 1936 and has contributed much to the Church in India as well as to the universal Church. This seminary is a reputed ecclesiastical institution of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. The seminary is involved in offering integral formation to her students enabling them to become spiritual leaders and effective pastors who would partner with Jesus in creating a vibrant local community and to agents of transformation in re-fashioning our world according to God’s dream and design. The formation programme consists of two years of philosophy, one year of regency and four years of theology. A student is ordained a deacon on completing his third year of theology and ordained a priest on completing his fourth year of theology.
At present, we have 203 seminarians from twenty-five dioceses of Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Seem Andhra, Chanda and Ita Nagar, as well as nine religious congregations for. We have 13 resident students (eighty-four theologians and forty-six philosophers), and 73 day scholars. We complete eighty years of our dedicated service to the Church in the ministry of formation of priests on 8 September 2016.
People’s Partnership Programme
The priests and the people together form one single community and we are collectively called to share in the priesthood of Jesus. Therefore, we are convinced that you consider it a special privilege to be part of the People’s Partnership Programme, which enables you to participate in the formation of seminarians aspiring to become priests. It is quite a spontaneous desire to have a priest in your family. If this desire is not fulfilled, you can always adopt a seminarian and support him to become a priest. Hence, your membership in the People’s Participation Programme could be one of the best expressions of your love for the Church and a demonstration of your caring attitude to priests.
We always appreciate your noble and significant gestures:
You can pray for all the priests and seminarians that the Spirit of God may remain upon us and guide us in our commitment to the Church.
You can encourage your son or any seminarian close to your heart to become a priest.
You can contribute Rs. 50,000/-, Rs. 75,000/- or 1,00,000/- and establish a permanent burse in your name, or in the name of your loved ones. This contribution could be made through easy monthly installments.
You can contribute Rs. 1,000/- per month for seven years or contribute Rs. 10,000/- per year for seven years and journey together with a seminarian till the special moment of his priestly ordination.
You can contribute Rs. 250/- or more per month, or make an annual contribution of Rs. 1,000/- which like tiny drops in an ocean, add up to the corpus fund.
You can also encourage your friends and loved ones to participate in the sponsorship programme of the seminary and identify prospective benefactors who could support our renovation projects.
You can make your contribution by way of demand draft, cheque drawn in favour of Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai 600 056 and address it to the Rector or Administrator.
You can also make a bank transfer:
Sacred Heart Seminary
A/c No. 040 7053 000 000 917
South Indian Bank
Poonamallee Branch, Chennai 600 056
IFSC/NEFT Code: SIBL0000407
Your financial contribution would be put to good use for training programmes, regular maintenance of the seminary, renovation projects, and our commitment to the poor in the neighbourhood. Hence, your contribution no matter however small has the magical touch of creating ripples of hope in the hearts of many people who deserve our support.
guidelines for the sponsorship programme
1 A sponsor who has contributed towards the permanent burse would have a spiritual son.
2 The seminary would take the initiative to connect the sponsor and the seminarian at an appropriate time before the ordination.
3 The sponsor and the seminary would collectively decide about continuing the relationship after the ordination.
4 The sponsors are discouraged from offering personal economic support to the seminarian and to his family.
4 The sponsor would not be given a new spiritual son after the ordination of the previous spiritual son.
5 In the event of a seminarian discontinuing his studies we can identify a new spiritual son for the sponsor.
6 If there are more sponsors, then, the concept of “Shared Spiritual Son” would be applied, that is, a seminarian would have multiple sponsors.
7 The staff would participate in the family celebrations of the sponsors depending on their availability.
8 The seminary would keep up the practice of praying for the sponsors daily, and offering a mass for their intentions every Tuesday.
9 The seminary would define a mechanism to keep in constant touch with the sponsors.
Co-ordinator Sponsorship Programme
You may also fill in the sponsorship form and we will get in touch with you immediately.
On every Tuesday we offer the Eucharistic Celebration for the intention of our sponsors.
Every day we pray for our sponsors after Eucharistic Communion. This is our prayer for you.
PRAYER FOR OUR BENEFACTORS
Father of Mercy, we thank you for your enduring providence that we experience through our benefactors. We thank you for the sacrifices they make to support us in our seminary formation. They contribute to make our life comfortable because you have called each of us by name.
We pray that you bless all their endeavors.
May their children, like Jesus your Son, grow in knowledge and wisdom and may peace reign in their families.
Teach us always to be ever grateful to them by remembering them in our daily prayers and also by living a simple life.
We pray in the name of Jesus who appreciated the widow’s mite.