INTRA-MURAL SEMINAR ON “KENOTIC VISION OF AUTHORITY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH” AT DARSHAN THEOLOGATE TO MARK THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV. FR. DR. MALCOLM SEQUEIRA [PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY]
Intra-Mural Seminar for the academic year 2020-2021 was held on 29th August 2020 in the conference hall. The theme of the seminar was - "Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church". The resource person for this seminar was Rev Fr Dr Baptist Rodrigues. This year's seminar was very special because it was organised IN THE HONOUR OF 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV FR DR MALCOLM SEQUEIRA, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Due to pandemic situation this year's seminar was not open for public. However, the colour and taste of the seminar was just like that of a public seminar. Everything was well arranged and organised by the event manager Rev Fr Albert Lewis with utmost precision.

The seminar began exactly at 9:00 am in the conference hall of DSA. Br Roshan Sequeira of 2nd year theology student was M.C. of the day. He gave a warm & cordial welcome to the audience present there for seminar. The session started with the invocation hymn "Make me a servant" followed by the Word of God which was read by Br Deacon Lenson who lead us also into a prayerful ambience and prayed for the success of the seminar . Then we had the ceremony of lighting the lamp by Fr Rector, Fr Albert, Fr Baptist, Fr Malcolm and Br Vincent (Student representative) followed by a bhajan song.

After that Rev Fr Albert Lewis gave a beautiful welcome speech and introduced the resource person of the day Rev Fr Baptist and also Rev Fr Malcolm in whose honour this seminar was organised. Rev Fr Baptist, the speaker of the day presented his seminar on the theme: "Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church", where he highlighted the key issues on the topic of Authority covering various aspects such as Authority in crises toady and its general understanding, Biblical understanding of Authority and what Vatican II has to say about the nature of Authority, St Francis and his teaching on Authority and Servant leadership. The keynote of the entire seminar can be summed up in one phrase - "Authority as Service".

After the successful presentation by Rev Fr Baptist, we had a small round of Q & A session where everyone participated in full swing. There were questions raised and clarifications sought by the Fathers and students respectively. Thereafter, Rev Fr Dr Malcolm Sequeira Professor Emeritus Systematic Theology shared his rich experience of religious life as a teacher of Theology with the gathered assembly. After that Rev Fr Salvador Fernandes the Rector of the Institute spoke a few words of gratitude honouring Rev Fr Malcolm Sequeira and the resource person of the day Rev Fr Baptist with a shawl respectively. In the end Seminar Programme concluded with the Institute Anthem.

For Darshanites
Br. Roshan Sequeira
II Year Theology

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