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Prayer life forms an essential part of a Seminarians life. Through prayer the students learn to live in intimate and unceasing union with God the Father through his son Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. The students are encouraged to live the Paschal Mystery in such a way that they know how to initiate into it the people committed to their charge. They learn to seek Christ in faithful meditation on the Word of God and in active participation in the Sacred Mysteries of the Church, especially the Eucharist and the Divine Office.

Silence is maintained in the house at most of the times except during recreation. At other times all speak in low voice. To cultivate a spirit of silence and contemplation on Tuesdays evening Prayer (Vespers) will be in private for all. On Sundays during the Holy Hour (Adoration) maximum time will be spent in silence. Some inputs are given on contemplation and various methods of prayer through classes and directed prayer in groups. Eucharist being the centre of a Christian’s life and more so of every Priest every seminarian participates in the Eucharist and receive communion every morning.

PRAYER LIFE THE FOUNDATION OF A PRIEST'S LIFE Every day at noon and before supper the Angelus bell is rung to remind us that God is ever present amidst us and that we draw our strength from God by surrendering ourselves to him as Mary did at the annunciation. Every month the recollection day is kept so as to enable one to grow in deeper intimacy with the Lord. The students of Theology have their Recollection days beginning on the second Friday of the month and ending on the following Saturday afternoons. In order to grow in the SCC way of living in the seminary, the animators guide their groups in conducting SCC method of Gospel sharing on every Tuesday.

Due to the diverse apostolate in which a Diocesan Priest is involved, different forms of prayers are initiated here at MRS+C. In one's prayer life one is called to draw strenght to be enabled to fulfill God's will.A Diocesan Priest's prayer life empowers him to work for the transformation of the local church by getting involved in, diverse apostolic ministries and charitable works (primary attention to education, health care, or service to the poor, etc.).

PRAYER EMPOWERS THE DIOCESAN PRIEST TO LIVE AND TRANSFORM THE WORLD AROUND HIM...
In theory, Diocesan priests are secular in contrast to Religious. However in practice, both groups live the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience and both groups participate in the common life of the presbyterium. The religious take the three vows, and the diocesan priests make public commitments to obedience and chastity during the ordination and they are to live these commitments. With regards to poverty, though the diocesan priesthood does not oblige this vow, nevertheless, they are strongly encouraged to live a simple life-style, to be faithful stewards of church wealth, and to use their personal material resources with great pastoral charity.

The diocesan priests live in the midst of the world, to sanctify it, though they are also out of the world by not being attached to it, and to witness to the Kingdom of God by not conforming to worldliness. When a religious group is not contemplative, they live also such a relation with the world. Whether diocesan or religious, the identity and fundamental mission of all priests are the same. They differ mainly in the apostolic ministry which they undertake. Diocesan priests usually render pastoral care in parishes, but in case of necessity, religious priests may also be entrusted the care of parishes. In comparison, religious usually takes on specialized care of the migrants, the prisoners, the schools, the hospitals, the orphans, and the like, in responding to their charism and local needs. However, such distinction is not absolute and fixed.

The central role of the diocesan priests is therefore parish pastoral care. As a general rule, a parish is an embrace of the Christian faithful within a certain territorial. A parish priest renders pastoral care to the parishioners from cradle to grave, by administering of sacraments, leading in prayer and worship, giving faith and moral formation, and doing work of charity.

A young man who wishes to know the life and mission of a diocesan priest is encouraged to approach his parish priests or the seminary formators, who will further guide him. A Brief picture of the process towards priesthood can be found
here.


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