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Mandalay seminary celebrates 25 years
Poor attitude is biggest challenge, says St. Thomas Intermediate Seminary rectorSeminarians from St. Thomas Intermediate Seminary sing hymns at the anniversary Mass
- ucanews.com reporter, Mandalay
- January 24, 2011
Many seminarians are not growing up the way those in charge would like them to and their response to teaching is unsatisfactory, Father Dominic Jyo Du said during recent celebrations marking the institutionâ€™s silver jubilee.
â€śWe canâ€™t expect all young seminarians to become priests but we want them to become good Christians,â€ť he told ucanews.com.
Yes, they have financial problems, but generous contributions at home and from overseas help them survive, Father Jyo Du said.
The seminary currently has 57 seminarians who attend the University of Distance Education program.
U Joseph Ahkee, a layman who has been teaching Latin at St. Thomas since it opened, agreed with Father Jyo Duâ€™s assessment.
Seminarians who attended the seminary 20 years ago were mature and enthusiastic about getting an education, he said.
Todayâ€™s seminarians lack Â a learning ability, commitment and are not mature, U Ahkee said.
Spiritual formation is a basic foundation and if seminarians grow in spirituality, their moral and intellectual formation will also develop, he said.
Earlier, Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng of Mandalay and Father George Khin Mg Htwe, St. Thomasâ€™ first rector concelebrated a â€śthanksgiving Massâ€ť to mark the seminaryâ€™s silver jubilee.
â€śSetting a good example is more important than our preaching in serving the people,â€ť Father Khin Mg Htwe said in his homily.
About 400 seminarians, nuns and lay Catholics attended the Mass.
There are many opportunities at the seminary, but seminarians need to concentrate more on learning, prayers and community life, said final year student John Bosco.
â€śI want to sacrifice myself for the people and become a good priest,â€ť he told ucanews.com.
During its 25 years, the seminary has educated 655 seminarians, producing 91 priests and four deacons.
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