Ryshivana, 18 Feb 2018:
Rev. Fr. Boniface Barracho OCD memorial seminar was organized in
collaboration with the Chair of Christianity at Ryshivana on the
theme “New Age movements and Christian Spirituality” on 18 February
2018. It was well attended by religious women, priests and lay
people. Rev. Fr. Dr. J. B. Saldhana, the HoD of the department of
the Chair of Christianity was the president of the day.
The seminar began at 9.15 am with an invocation hymn to the Lord.
Fr. Dr. Alfred J. Menezes, the Director of Ryshivana extended a warm
welcome to the invitees and guests of honor. Rev. Fr. Joseph D’Souza
OCD, gave the key note address. In the first session Rev. Fr. Dr.
Gregory D’Souza OCD presented a paper on “New Age phenomenon and
Mr. Michael Prabhu, a Roman Catholic lay person from Chennai, spoke
on the New age paradigms and principles in one session and on new
age alternative therapies and meditation systems in the afternoon
Fr. Alvito Fernandes, OCD, the dean of Studies, gave concluding
remarks and valediction. Sr. Piera Mathias, the participant of the
renewal course, compeered the whole programme. It was enlightening
and informative to the participants. The goal of the seminar was to
help us discern our Christian roots and be deeply embedded in the
faith, focussing our entire being on Jesus Christ, the Way, the
Truth and the Life.