The new academic year 2018-2019 of St. Xavier’s College was inaugurated by Archbishop Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrão at a solemn Eucharist on 30 June 2018. Inspired by the theme “Compassion towards the poor- the heart of education”, Archbishop Ferrao urged the congregation to embark upon a journey “to become good human beings, caring persons, committed citizens ready to build a new society.”
Welcoming the academic year with joy, enthusiasm and hope, the newly appointed college administrator, Rev. Fr. Zeferino D’Souza highlighted the Xavier’s tradition of touching the lives of thousands of students over the years. While drawing upon the notion of dreaming big from Dr. A. P. J. Kalam’s book ‘Ignited Minds’, Fr. D’Souza stressed that ‘education provides the tools for achieving our biggest dreams and empowers us to be better people.”
Imploring God’s blessings, the Principal, Fr. (Dr.) Jeronimo D’Silva, in his address revealed that “a new academic year poses new challenges” while ensuring quality in higher education. Quoting Pope Francis on education playing a key role in building a more humane world, he further stated that excellence, equity and expansion are the three keys that constitute the challenges and opportunities of higher education.
Halcyon, the Annual College Magazine documenting St. Xavier’s celebrating 55 years and Spectrum, the college interdisciplinary research journal were released at the hands of the Archbishop Patriarch. Besides, the Department of Commerce released ComQuest and a framed azulejo art piece to mark 25 years since its inception.
A Lectio Brevis titled “Be grounded in your roots” was delivered by Dr. Sharmila Pais, Department of History. A cultural programme that included an invocation prayer dance, an English duet, a musical medley in English and Konkani was well appreciated by the audience. Setting the right tone for the programme were comperes, Roshiel Faria and Virginia de Melo.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion included Fr. Dennis Fernandes, Dr. Elvis Gonsalves, Fr. Tony Salema Fr. Herculano Correia and Fr. Agnel Fernandes