On 22 May, even the scorching heat of summer could not stop our enthusiastic scholastics from going to Sevasi for the Scholastic Sammelan. By evening the campus came alive. The second day was devoted for personal sharing. This marathon session lasted for five hours. We immensely got enriched by sharing and listening to each other’s experiences. In the evening there was GPPL (Gujarat Province Premier League) 10th edition. The two teams locked horns for a victory but it ended in a tie. But many long-standing records were broken in the match:
The first batsman in history to be out on a trial ball was Johnson.
Highest no. of balls bowled in an over: Alpesh - 16 balls.
Highest no. of runs given away in an over: Navneet - 20 runs.
Well done mara wala ramatviro!!
On the 24th we went for a picnic to Kabir Vad, Bharuch. We spent some time in the water cooling ourselves in the river Narmada. Fr PCF was patiently sitting on the bank of the river and kept counting our heads every now and then while we were frolicking in the cool waters of the Narmada. Later, we were provided a sumptuous meal by Sch Nilesh’s brother. On the last day of the Sammelan Fr Sudhir Chettiar spoke on the value of Jesuit vocation and encouraged us to engage in the work of vocation promotion in every way possible during our formation. The new PCF Fr Richard Lopez was welcomed warmly and the outgoing PCF Fr Lawrence Dharmaraj and Deacon Kamlesh Raval were given a farewell.
Fr Provincial in his address drew our attention towards the ‘Goal of Formation’: To grow in ones sense of belonging to the Province – the Society and Mission. He also emphasized that the goal of Jesuit formation is not to do many things but to become an authentic Jesuit. The Sammelan came to an end with a Eucharistic celebration. The gathering was organized very well. Hats off to Schs David and Suresh who left no stone unturned to make it a success. All left Sevasi looking forward to next year’s gathering. (Sanjay Horo & Jobin)