The academic year at St Xavier’s College, Mapusa was inaugurated by Archbishop Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrão. 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.”
Administrator, Fr Zeferino D’Souza highlighted the college’s tradition of touching the lives of thousands of students over the years. While drawing upon the notion of dreaming big from APJ Kalam’s book ‘Ignited Minds’, D’Souza stressed that education provides the tools for achieving dreams and empowers one to be a good citizen.
In his address principal, Jeronimo D’Silva revealed that a new academic year poses new challenges while ensuring quality in higher education. 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 55 years and Spectrum, the college interdisciplinary research journal were released at the hands of the Archbishop. The department of Commerce released ComQuest and a framed an azulejo art piece to mark 25 years since its inception.
A Lectio Brevis titled ‘Be grounded in your roots’ was delivered by Sharmila Pais from the department of history. The cultural programme included an invocation prayer dance, an English duet, and a musical medley in English and Konkani.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Fr Dennis Fernandes, Elvis Gonsalves, Fr Tony Salema, Fr Herculano Correia and Fr Agnel Fernandes.