Regular Holy Qurbana, Holy confession, prayer meetings, counselling and one day conference are the general activities of the ministry. The ministry has extended its presence in 4 more colleges to the existing ones. More students are getting involved in the ministry and making use of the ministry for their spiritual needs.
Under the leadership of our beloved Metropolitan the core group (senior MGOCSM friends) work as an executive committee for the students’ ministry. The Metropolitan, chaplain and the core group decide, plan and execute the activities of the students’ ministry.
ONE DAY CONFERENCE
th The students’ ministry had conducted a one day conference “En-Christo” on 8 January 2017 at Dharmaram campus with the support of the Christ University students. 200 students participated in the conference and it was a blessed conference. Rev. Fr. Basil Thomas (Diocese of Ahmedabad ) and our Diocesan Metropolitan were the speakers for the conference. The theme for the conference was “Keep your roots deep in Him, build your lives on Him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught, and be filled with thanksgiving” Col. 2:7. The Conference started with Morning prayers and Holy Qurbana followed by the different sessions and activities. During the valedictory function the students’ diary was released by the Metropolitan. I thank the core group members for the financial support for the success of the conference.
This year we were able to help a few students with fees assistance. Total amount of Rs. 3,70,000 was used for fees assistance of which Rs.1,28,500 was transferred from the Students ministry account which was donated by the core group members and the remaining amount was directly transferred by the well wishers to the college in order to have an update on the performance of the students. We thank the core group members and all the well wishers for the whole hearted support to help the students to continue their education and pursue their dreams.
th The Students ministry had published a students’ diary this year. It was released on 8 January 2017 during the one day conference. The diaries have reached all the students. We thank the Muthoot Finance Ltd. group the main sponsor, for the support in publishing the diaries. We also thank GMG tours and travels, Mr. Thomas Pallat Avira and Mr. Thomas A. Tharakan for their support in publishing the diaries.
Lenten prayers were conducted this year in 4 colleges and our diocesan metropolitan had visited the th Christ University on March 7 2017 and led the Lenten prayers followed by Lenten message.
ST. GREGORIOS CANCER CENTRE PARUMALA
As a part of charity program of the ministry the students contributed an amount of Rs. 5000 towards the Parumala Cancer centre.
The final year students of all colleges were given a farewell during the year. The students were felicitated with a gift and wishes from the ministry. The students shared their experience and how the ministry helped them in their spiritual enrichment.