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ST PAULS STUDIO, Bangalore, a state-of-the-art studio was inaugurated and blessed on 6 May 2019 in the presence of management, students, and faculty of ST PAULS COLLEGE and ST PAULS INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION EDUCATION. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the presence of Rev Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior; Rev Fr Sebastian Ampattukuzhiyil, the Chairman; Rev Fr Dr M. J. Thomas, the Director and Administrator, Rev Fr Dr Plavendran, the Principal and other fathers, brothers, sisters and friends. The ceremony began by invoking the blessings of the Almighty. 

In his address to the gathering, Rev Fr Varghese Gnalian shed light on the critical and pathetic juncture the Indian journalism is in today’s context and reiterated the importance of trained journalists who will do their job without fear or favour. He affirmed that ST PAULS is committed to provide world-class facilities in enhancing the skills of every aspiring media personnel. Fr Thomas in his address thanked the Provincial Team, the community, staff, technicians and others who helped in making this studio a reality.

The inaugural event concluded with the distribution of sweets to celebrate this joyous occasion and with a resolve to reach greater heights and provide world-class facilities to strengthen SPC and SPICE as the global leaders in the field of media education.

With hearts full of joy and gratitude, the Pauline Family in India together with Devamatha Forane Church, Paisakary, witnessed the heart-lifting Priestly Ordination ceremony and First Holy Mass of Deacon Praveen Jose Chirathara SSP, on Thursday, 25 April 2019. The Ordination Rite began at 9.00 am presided over by Rt Rev Dr Joseph Pamplany, the Auxiliary Bishop of Tellicherry, who was assisted by Fr Varghese Gnalian SSP, the Provincial Superior, and Fr Johnson Vattakunnel SSP. In his homily, the Bishop explicated the relevance, role and challenges of priesthood in today’s world. He also acknowledged the apostolic contribution of the Paulines to the Indian Church and invited Fr Praveen to become a fervent missionary after the example of St Paul. 

The newly ordained priest celebrated his First Holy Mass immediately after the Rite of Ordination. Besides his parents and siblings (younger sister and brother), Fr Praveen was joined by over 25 concelebrating priests and a large number of religious and faithful. A short facilitation programme was held soon after the Mass in which Fr Gnalian, congratulated Fr Praveen in the name of India-Nigeria-Great Britain-Ireland Province and thanked his parents for giving their son to the Society of St Paul. There were also a few representatives from the parish who paid fitting tributes to the newly ordained. Fr Praveen expressed his sentiments of gratitude to all. It was followed by fellowship meal for all who were present on the occasion. 

Congratulation dear Fr Praveen! We wish and pray that he continues to be a true Pauline committed to spread the Gospel of Christ through the means of social communications.

The Society of St Paul (SSP) and St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Bandra welcomed all local Bandra residents, visitors, shoppers, local businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, youth to show their community spirit by participating in their 1st evening of carol singing at Christmas at St Pauls : Choirs. Carols. Communities. Celebrations.

These pre-Christmas celebrations were in aid of the Fr. Ferrero Foundation. Proceeds from this event, will be sent to the foundation. The Fr. Ferrero Foundation, launched in the memory of Fr. B. Ferrero, the founder of SSP in India, provides educational relief to the poor, medical aid and other social aids helping the needy sections to live a healthy life. Donations made to the Trust are eligible for exemption under section 80-G of the Income Tax act.

Christmas Bazaar

The morning of Saturday, 15th Decembers, witnessed the first ever Christmas Bazar at St Pauls. The bazar offered festive discounts at the popular St Paul Book and Art Centre. NGO’s Alive, Arambh, who sold products made by their beneficiaries were a big hit with all visitors; Towel Kingdom, Delightful Indulgence Eats were also amongst the other popular stalls.

Carols.Communities.Celebrations

The spectacular Christmas at St Pauls: Choirs. Carols. Communities. Celebrations started sharp at 5.00pm, with a carol singing performance by the effervescent ‘Happy Bunch’ children’s choir, led by Sarita Manchanda.

Fr. Dominic, Director – St Pauls Institute, welcomed the Chief & Honored Guests, audience members and participants to partake in a community centric Christmas this year. He spoke about his thoughts encouraging community celebrations, ‘Christmas’ as a Gift for all, the Fr. Ferrero Foundation and shared his vision and aspirations, that this fest becomes as grand and popular as Celebrate Bandra fest. Rev. Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior, delivered the Christmas message and invited the gathering to share the joy of Christmas with their very life, by giving the spirit of Christmas with others.

We were glad to have in attendance, Mr. Ashish Shelar MLA, Bandra (W) & President- Mumbai BJP; presiding over the evening as the Chief Guest, lighting the Christmas Tree, and sharing his message for Bandra particularly at Christmas Time; Mr. Girish Anavkar, Senior PI at the Bandra West Police Station, endeared himself to the crowd, as he spoke about his humble beginnings, the importance of education, his plans to contribute to Bandra and society at large. Popular Hindi Film actor, Ms. Kareena Kapoor, took time of her busy schedule and graced us with her presence; as did Dr. S Pinto- Director, Ryan Int’l Group of Schools.

The celebrations continued, with melodious rendition of a medley of carols, led by Sr. Anna and the Daughters of St Paul’s Christmas Joy carolers. The PG students of the Institute, accompanied by their Course Directors, also put on a lively performance. Saving the best for the last, let the audience enjoy the beautiful sounds of the 20 voice Church at Powai Christmas choir led by Rev. Dr. C. Clements.

The evening witnessed the release of a Hindi Devotional musical album’ God’s Love’ by St Pauls India. By sundown, lucky winners took home prizes for their participation in Christmas Draw –in aid of the Fr.Ferrero Foundation.

A neighborhood that celebrates together stays together. Keeping the promise made to all the children in the audience, Santa Claus made a grand entry, met with little children and the audience, while distributing candies to everyone in the audience.

The evening came to a close, encouraging everyone to look at Christmas in a new way this year.

On Friday, April 26. 2019, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai, India, celebrated it’s 7th convocation ceremony. At the event, with around 100 guests present, the institute celebrated the successes and the milestone of its 45 students  graduating with a diploma from the disciplines of Journalism, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication and, Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PR).

The ceremony commenced with the welcome address by Fr (Dr) Dominic Savio D’Silva, SSP, the Director, where he highlighted about  St Pauls Institute and its education mission of preparing students to work with the highest social responsibility, ethics, professionalism, and industrial standards in all branches of media and communication, continued to journey to achieve new heights year after year. He called upon the new graduates to be Change Makers, Persons of Dialogue and Persons of Research.

The Chief Guest, Anil Dharker, Director of TATA Literature Live, threw some light on the need for common sense and logic in one’s career. He went on to urge our media graduates to play their part consciously, in light of the current political climate. “You must do our part, and never stop,” Dharker encouraged the graduates.

The event was graced by the Guest of Honor, Patricia Nath, Convenor and Secretary of Celebrate Bandra. Nath shared pearls of wisdom with the fresh graduates by talking about the importance of self-esteem and determination; two qualities which are priceless to have in the media industry.

On the brink of their bright futures, students received their diploma certificates, with smiles that could light up an entire building, and it did. Needless to say, our graduates were filled with awe, admiration and inspiration. The cherry on the proverbial cake, was the acknowledgement of the skills and intelligence of three students, who have, over the past 10 months, shown their skill, and ultimately proved their mettle. Three students received the award of Student of the Year, across the three disciplines - journalism, advertising and PR.

Manasvi Narwani, Elsie Sinjali and Christine Cardoz were the three students from the diplomas in journalism, advertising and PR, respectively, to receive these coveted awards. With faces beaming, and with the enthusiasm to take on the media industry, we came to an end of yet another successful academic year.

Fr J. Maurus National Award for Innovation in Education was conferred Dr Jagdish Gandhi, Founder-Manager of City Montessori School, Lucknow, at Mumbai on 10 December 2018. The Award was instituted by the Society of St Paul on the occasion of the 55th Birth Anniversary of The Teenager Today, founded by Fr J.Maurus in November 1963.

Establishing the Award at a specially convened gathering at the Alberione Hall, Bandra, (Mumbai) Fr Varghese Gnalian, Provincial, India-Nigeria Province of the Society of St Paul, the publisher of The Teenager Today, said, “We are extremely happy to establish this Award in memory of Fr J. Maurus, a pioneering member of the Society of St Paul, an educator par excellence, a great visionary, an innovator and a prolific writer who has to his credit over 125 books, and to confer the 1st Award on Dr Jagdish Gandhi, the Founder-Manager of City Montessori Schools.”

The Award consists of Rs 25,000/- in cash, and a citation. The Award was jointly presented to Dr Gandhi by Most Rev. John Rodrigues, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Rev. Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior, and Dr Snehal Pinto, Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions, Mumbai.

Greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave, Dr Gandhi ventured in 1959 to create a new mindset in children through education. With just five children on rolls, no personal wealth, and with only the equivalent of $10 borrowed from someone, he began his own personal experiment, naming it City Montessori School. Since 1999, City Montessori School has held the Guinness World Record for the largest school with over 56,000 students on its rolls.

Since 2001, he has also been convening the International Conference of the Chief Justices of the World to create awareness and mobilise the World Judiciary to create a world safe for the children of the world. He saw education as a more powerful vehicle to prevent conflicts than working with negotiations and policy efforts. He strongly believes that children are the world’s future, and the best way to mould the future is to mould children.

Despite the fact that he heads the world’s largest school, Dr Gandhi still lives in the same room where he began his work for peace in 1959. He has chosen to have no personal wealth of his own, spending instead all his created resources on his mission. 

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