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Community Living

Campus Life

Although  academics  are  the  focus  of  seminary  life,  the  community  aspect  of  the seminary  experience  cannot  be  overlooked.  Living  together  as  a  community  of students and teachers is vital for the proper personal and pastoral formation that is required  for  the  ministry  of  the  church.  As  the  student  body  is  quite  diverse, students are exposed to different cultures and personalities that may be encountered in  the  future  while  serving  as  ministers.  Therefore,  learning  how  to  interact,  live and  function  together  meaningfully  is  the  aim  of  hostel  life.  Thus,  community  or hostel life is a very important and integral part of the lives of all seminarians.

Campus Structure

The seminary campus consists of three hostels that house the B. D. M.Th. students as well as quarters for faculty members and residential D. Th. students. The Main Hostel and the Annexe are the two hostels where the B.D. students reside, while female students reside in the Ladies Hostel. Several of the M. Th. & D.Th. students are also housed in the Annexe which is also known as the P. G. (Post­ Graduate) block.

Students Hostel

The Hostel Warden, a member of the faculty, is appointed to oversee the affairs of hostel  life.  Along  with  the  hostel  Warden,  the  Hostel  Secretary,  who  is  elected from  the  B.  D.  IV  batch,  also  provides  leadership  in  the  hostels.  The  Hostel Secretary represents the student body and voices its concerns as well as ensures that students follow the rules and regulations that are prescribed for life in the hostels. The  Hostel  Executive  Committee  which  consists  of  the  Principal,  Hostel  Warden, Hostel Secretary, Refectory Secretary, and representatives from each of the four B. D.  batches,  as  well  as  a  representative  from  the  Ladies'  Hostel  and  one  M.  Th. representative,  meet  twice  a  month  to  discuss  matters  related  to  hostel  life  and  to the  managing  of  the  refectory.  The  Hostel  General  body  meets  once  a  month mainly to discuss and approve the previous month's refectory accounts as well as to raise concerns and to make decisions regarding hostel life in general.

Weekdays Routine

Each  day  in  the  hostels  begins  with  the  rising  bell  at  5:30  AM  at  which  time  the  students  are  encouraged  to  take  part  in  personal devotions and to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the challenges of the new day. .Following this, students attend chapel at  6:45  AM,  proceed  to  the  Refectory  for  breakfast,  and  then  attend  classes  until  1:00  PM.  After  lunch  and  a  short  afternoon  break, students continue their academic pursuits and spend time in the library until 5:00 PM. At 6:30 PM, evening worship will begin and that is followed by dinner. After dinner, until 8:30 PM, students are encouraged to watch the latest news reports on the TV that is housed in the  Main  Hostel  Common  Room. At 8:30 PM,  the study bell rings, and  students resume their  studies until  compline (evening  prayer) which begins at 10:15 PM (on Monday­Saturday) or 9:15 PM (on Sundays). Usually compline is held in the respective hostels where the students reside and is led by the students themselves.

Weekends

Although  classes  do  not  take  place  on  Saturdays:  students  are  engaged  in  other activities  that  are  aimed  at  maintaining  the  cleanliness  of  the  hostels.  After breakfast on Saturdays, the morning hours are spent cleaning the .common areas of the  hostels  (i.e.  bathrooms)  and  cleaning  individual  rooms.  After  this  cleaning  is properly  completed,  students  are  free  to  utilize  the  library  until  12:30  PM. Following  this,  students  meet  as  small  groups  for  intercessory  prayer  until  1:00 PM.  Saturday  afternoons  are  usually  spent  preparing  for  Sunday  service  in  the respective parishes where students are assigned to.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Seminary life is not confined to the hostels themselves. Hostel life also involves the community  and  society  at  large.  The  seminary  community  or  family  comes together  at  various  instances  to  ensure  that  the  campus  is  kept  clean  and  beautiful by  taking  part  in  sramdhan  as  well  as  gardening  and  agricultural  activities.  The  members  of  the  community  also  are  able  to  use  their talents  in  the  various  programs  that  are  organized  by  the  Abraham  Malpan  Society,  the  Cultural  Programmes  Committee,  and  the Seminary  Choir.  Our  relationship  to  society  is  fostered  through  our  involvement  in  community  service  activities  as  organized  by  the Community Service Committee, Thus, seminary life and hostel life include responsibility to the community and to society. It is through such commitments that students are able to prepare effectively for the ministry of the church.

Community Picnic

Every  year,  during  the  second  semester,  the  entire  seminary  community  consisting  of  students  and  faculty  as  well  as  their  family members embark on a one­day outing that is known as the Community Picnic. These picnics are always a time of fellowship, fun, and relaxation. These trips are also designed to be educational and informative as well. These picnics are enjoyed by one and all and always seem to be one of the main highlights of any academic year.

Refectory

It  is  in  the  refectory  or  the  mess  as  it  is  popularly  known  that  we  receive  physical  nourishment.  It  is  a  place  for  sharing  meaningful experiences during the time of table fellowship. The time at the mess is one for informal interactions.

The refectory is under the supervision of the warden, but the day­to­day affairs are looked after by a student refectory secretary. Also, a  team  of  five  students  are  assigned  to  manage  the  mess  for  a  period  of  one  month  at  a  time.  The  students  are  given  opportunities  to manage the refectory three times during the course of the BD programme. They are responsible for preparing the menu and purchasing all  items  needed  to  effectively  run  the  refectory.  Students  are  also  divided  into  groups  of  six  and  are  assigned  specific  days  in  which they are to serve.