Friday, November 30, 2012

Former Directors

1. Rev. Fr. Valence Mendis (Most Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis)
    (2nd Oct 2000 - 3rd Feb. 2001)

2. Rev. Fr. Harold Anthony (Most Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera)
    (4th Feb 2001 - 18th March 2003)

3. Rev. Fr. Anthony Jayakody
    (3rd May 2003 - 10th March 2005)

4. Rev. Fr. Raveen Perera (10th March 2005 - 15th July 2009)

5. Rev. Fr. Noel Emmanuel (Most Rev. Dr. Noel Emmanuel)
    (15th July 2009 - 15th July 2010) 

5. Rev. Fr. Raveen Perera
    ( July 2010 - September 2014) 

6. Rev. Fr. Ajith Prasanna
   (2014 - 2017)

  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) founded the National Seminary Philosophate in the year 2000. It was one of the main projects of the CBCSL in the new millennium. Until the opening of the new Philosophate the students of philosophy were in the original National Seminary Building. 

The idea of a separate Philosophate was introduced to bring about a more gradual and sound formation to the entire National Seminary. 17 years have passed since the inception and the Philosophate has come a long way providing a sound function to the candidates and preparing them for theological studies. 

My prayerful best wishes to you as the new website is launched. I wish to congratulate the Rector of the National Seminary, the Director of the Philosophate, the staff and the students on this initiative. May God Bless you all. Today, the Media plays a significant role in human existence. Whether one likes or not one's whole life is controlled to a certain extent by the media. No doubt, it leaves behind many challenges to the Christian world. In accordance with the words of the Holy Father we stand at the threshold of a new digital era and the urgent need arises to use the new means of communication to spread the Word of God.

The Holy Father insisted on the fact that the Internet plays a major role as a network for communication. It influences totally on the social behaviour, culture and economy of the people of the society. No doubt, we live in a period of vast cultural transformation. It gives birth to a new way of thinking and learning which ultimately helps to establish relationships. If the whole world is one village, the Internet broadens new horizons creating opportunities in the digital global village.

We Priests, Religious and Brothers tend to admire the wonders that the Internet has created. Certainty it should increase our interest in making use the new means of communication in our pastoral endeavours, in spiritual growth of the people. The young people are eagerly waiting to see how we can contact them in this memorable age of Media. True enough to say, that we begin to share something with them. As the Holy Father mentions, it is not only an exchange of information, but sharing every persons themselves, their hopes their aspirations and ideals.

Let us be creative in building relationships and coming into contact with various categories of people in the society. The seminary would provide opportunities to widen this dimension in the transmission of faith in this year of faith so that; we might not be distant from the thinking patterns and ideals of the world. The world is yearning for truth and we are the stewards of the truth. Everyday we are called to renew ourselves and be authentic believers of salvific mysteries of Jesus and make the world more meaningful and beautiful to live with integrity and honesty.

The Papal message of Pope Benedict XVI on the world communication day in 2010 during the year of priests, the Holy Father said that priests stand at the threshold of a new era and urged Roman Catholic priests to use the internet to spread the Word of God and encouraged priests to embrace the new digital media to create deeper forms of relationship with the faithful across greater distances. The Holy Father further said that priests are challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, and websites) alongside with traditional means to open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis. I believe that to form our seminarians or future priests on the correct and proper use of modern media is also one of our responsibilities as formators. 

May God Bless You!