Lucet et Ardet

It shines to enkindle

The Campus Ministry

Characteristics of Jesuit Education

Magis: Literally translated “more.” This is the challenge to strive for excellence.
Women & Men for and with Others: Sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and having concern for the poor and marginalized.
Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” Respecting each person as a child of God and all of God’s creations.
Unity of Heart, Mind, & Soul: Developing the whole person. Integrating all aspects of our lives.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG): “For the Greater Glory of God.” Forming & Educating Agents of Change: Teaching behaviours that reflect critical thought and responsible action on moral and ethical issues.

Who was St. Ignatius? St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 in the Basque country of northern Spain. He was devoted to chivalry and suffered a severe leg wound in battle. During an extended recovery period, he experienced a profound conversion, and devoted the rest of his life to serving God. Ignatius died in 1556 and was canonized a saint in 1622. Ignatius left two great legacies. He founded the Society of Jesus in 1540, together with nine companions, and became their first Superior General with headquarters in Rome. He also wrote the Spiritual Exercises, a treatise on prayer. Its genius lies in the method of prayer it teaches, helping those who engage sincerely to follow Jesus and to seek God’s will in all circumstances. Today it is the basis for a growing apostolate of retreats and spiritual direction.

The Campus Ministry of St Aloysius PU College, took the initiative to conduct online activities, despite the pandemic under the guidance of our newly appointed Campus Minister Rev. Fr Sujay Daniel SJ, and our Principal Rev. Fr Clifford Sequeira SJ. The ministry conducted various webinars, online- retreat, live-streamed Eucharistic mass and creative online competitions for staff and students.

Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga

The Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga, our Patron saint, was celebrated on June 21, 2020. The Festive Holy Mass was live-streamed in Divine Word TV. Rev. Fr Dionysius Vaz S J, Rector of St Aloysius Institutions, was the main celebrant. To make the feast meaningful one, various online activities were planned by the Campus Ministry Team. A series of nine inspiring videos on the life and universal values of St Aloysius Gonzaga were shown and an online Inter-religious prayer service was held. Mrs Charlotte Dsouza, Vice-Principal of Commerce and Arts, coordinated the prayer service.

Annual Online Retreat - 'Awaken - 2020'

In collaboration with the AICUF Association, an online retreat was conducted. St Aloysius PU College conducted 'Awaken- 2020', the first-ever online retreat for the catholic students from 9 to11 July 2020. It was three days retreat, an amalgamation of a live worship band and inspiring messages by three eminent resource persons, who assisted the retreatants to explore the spiritual realm.

Day-1: ‘Making sense of our faith’.

Mrs Nimmy Alex, the co-ordinator of the retreat, welcomed and introduced the lead singers of the Rexband. Mr Shelton Pinheiro and Mrs Beena Manoj created the perfect ambience for worship. Mr C.C. Joseph, one of the Directors of the Fourth Wave Foundation, stirred the participants to make sense of their faith through his dynamic message.

Day -2: ‘Growing in the Light of our Faith’.

Mr Dexter Saldanha welcomed and introduced the speaker to the participants. Mr Geo P. George, an energetic youth speaker, spearheaded ‘Awaken 2020’ to its next level through his interactive and participant oriented approach. Eventually, it was followed by an anointed spirit-filled praise and worship led by Ms Maria Michael, who is the lead singer of Jesus Youth, Bangalore Music Ministry.

Day-3: ‘Living our Faith in Everyday Life’.

The beautiful morning brightened with lively worship, led by the Revelations band – Dr Suraj Noronha and team. Besides, the participants were blessed to listen to an inspiring message by Rev. Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, the Rector of Aloysius Institutions, which urged the students to live their faith in everyday life.
Awaken- 2020- was coordinated by the Campus Ministry members Rev. Fr Sujay Daniel SJ, Mr Joseph Prem Saldanha, Mr Dexter Saldanha, Mrs Nimmy Alex, Ms Fiona Moras and Ms Oshin D’Silva.

Webinar – ‘ An Ignatian response to COVID-19’.

Rev. Fr Errol Fernandes SJ, St Xavier College, Mumbai, accentuated on the topic an Ignatian response to COVID-19. It was indeed a visual treat to our eyes and pleasant experience to hear such a knowledgeable and gregarious person for the webinar. Thanks to Fr Sujay for moderating the session with great precision.

Ignatian week:

On account of the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Campus Ministry of St Aloysius PU College, in collaboration with the Campus Ministry of St Aloysius Degree College, conducted many online competitions during the fourth week of July from 21 to 28, 2020.

The various online competitions were conducted for students and staff:

  1. Quiz on Life of Ignatius and Society of Jesus.
  2. E-poster Competition with the theme-“COVID 19, Go Vid Ignatius 2020”.
  3. Lip sync Competition with the theme “Ablaze –kindle the fire with inspiration”.
  4. A short self-video competition with the theme “St Ignatius my role model.”

It was a remarkable experience to notice Creative Posters, Sync Lip and Videos, enhancing the exhilaration of the celebration. The influx of students’ participation was acknowledged diligently and the results were announced on 30 July 2020.

The Campus Ministry programmes were meticulously coordinated by Rev. Fr Sujay Daniel SJ, Mr Joseph Prem Saldanha, Mr Dexter Saldanha, Mr Mark Pereira, Mrs Vilma Fernandes, Mrs Nimmy Alex and the other members of the team.

We thank the Management, for creating a platform for talented students and staff to participate in diverse competitions, which assisted the student fraternity to comprehend the lives of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, and St Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of our college. The Ministry is looking forward to many more programmes and prayer services in the coming days.