Mangaluru: June 21, St Aloysius PU College in Mangalore was filled with a vibrant spirit as students and faculty came together to celebrate the Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of Aloysius Institutions. Under the theme of “Awakening Young Souls to Forge a Better Tomorrow,” the event aimed to inspire the younger generation to embrace love and make a positive impact on the world.
The day commenced with a grand Eucharistic Celebration held in the renowned Loyola Hall. Msgr. Lawrence Maxim Noronha, Vicar General of the Diocese of Mangalore, delivered a thought-provoking homily, shedding light on the life of St Aloysius Gonzaga. He emphasized the universal desire for love and acceptance, noting that people of all ages yearn for understanding and companionship. Msgr. Noronha encouraged the students to find strength and inspiration in their relationships as they navigate life’s challenges.
As the Chief Guest, Msgr. Maxim Noronha shared the motto of St Aloysius Gonzaga – “I was born for greater things” – urging the students to adopt it as their own. He emphasized the importance of standing up for values, truth, and one’s responsibilities. He also motivated the students to draw inspiration from their patron saint, who embodied a life of love and service.
The Eucharistic Celebration was con-celebrated by esteemed individuals, including Fr Melwin Pinto SJ, the Rector of St Aloysius Institutions, Fr Clifford Sequeira SJ, the Principal of St Aloysius PU College, Fr Melwyn Lobo SJ, the Principal of St Aloysius Gonzaga School, and Fr John D’Souza SJ, the Director of St Aloysius ITI.
Throughout the event, various highlights captivated the audience. A captivating video presentation showcased the life of St Aloysius Gonzaga, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in his inspiring journey. Students dressed in traditional attire participated in the ceremonial offertory, presenting symbolic gifts. The choir’s melodious rendition filled the hall with joy and renewed spirit, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.
Fr Melwin Pinto SJ , in his closing remarks, conveyed feast greetings and addressed the students, emphasizing the happiness that comes from a deep connection with God rather than pursuing worldly success. He urged the students to follow in the footsteps of St Aloysius Gonzaga, striving to bring out the best in themselves and spread happiness to others. Fr Clifford Sequeira SJ expressed gratitude to all those who dedicated their time and efforts to making the celebration a success.
In conjunction with the feast, the Campus Ministry of St Aloysius PU College organized a series of competitions, fostering a sense of camaraderie and creative expression among the students. These included painting, short story writing, photography, notice board decoration, and elocution. Additionally, a triduum prayer was held over three consecutive days during the college assembly, allowing students and faculty to reflect on the life and teachings of St Aloysius Gonzaga.
To further promote the values of service, humility, and devotion exemplified by St Aloysius Gonzaga, a photo booth was set up. This booth served as a reminder for students to emulate his example and lead lives filled with faith and service. The students also showcased their creativity by composing a rap song dedicated to St Aloysius Gonzaga, which garnered positive feedback and appreciation on social media platforms.
The Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga provided an opportunity for spiritual reflection, fostering a strong sense of community and shared purpose among students.