No. 295  *  An Online Newsletter of the Apostolic Sector  * 17 MARCH  2018

Alberione Speaks...

“A man of character is one who, having the courage of convictions, strives resolutely and perseveringly to live up to them” (UPS II, 78).


By all standards, the maiden International Book Fair at Marine Drive grounds, Kochi, held from 1-11 March 2018 was a grand success both for the organizers and for over 60 national and local exhibitors. The fair brought together many prominent Malayalam Literary figures and a sea of book lovers—students, teachers, academia and professionals—who generously patronized different publishers and their books and services.

Seizing the available opportunity, ST PAULS and BETTER YOURSELF BOOKS participated in the fair under the able leadership of Brother Richard Vallikattuparambil, Director, ST PAULS Book and Art Centre, Kochi. He was generously supported by Fathers Sebastian K.V, Joby Mathew and Michael Raj.

Brother Richard reported that the final outcome of the fair was much above our expectations. Visitors to our stall found our books, both English and Malayalam, not only different in style and presentation but in content as well. Some of our titles in Malayalam were sold out completely by the end of the fair.

Interestingly, we were the only publishers that distributed a standard catalogue, both in Malayalam and English. In fact, it was for the first time that Malayalam Publications brought out a multi-colour catalogue of our books. Congratulations to Father Sebastian K.V, Editor of ST PAULS Malayalam, for skilfully designing the catalogue and making it available at the fair.

Truly, the fair not only offered us great sales, but also much exposure in terms of visibility and publicity for our books. This proves the significance of regular participation in such fairs across the country.


26 February 2018 - Today, SPICE Mumbai officially launched the Institute’s app ‘STPAULSICE’, giving students and their parents easy access to all information regarding media and communication programmes. The app includes news and event updates, programme details with course syllabus, amongst other information, to enhance Institute’s outreach to student community.

Father Joby Mathew, SSP, General Editor, BYB/Saint Paul’s India, the Guest of Honour, inaugurated the programme and officially released the APP. He spoke to the student and staff groups in attendance, advising them on the critical aspects of building personal connections and communication with audiences, and at the same time, how to make use of technological advances to help reach out to many. Case in point - the app released today.

Father Sebastian Thomas, SSP, Director General of Apostolate, spoke to the audience about the upcoming exclusive STUDENTS LOGIN SECTION, which will give SPICE students more specific performance related information, to help them during their time at St Pauls. This login will provide students course material, classroom updates, attendance, timetables and other notices, working like a notice board in the palms of students.

Father Dominic D’Silva, SSP, Director, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, said, “I am so pleased we can now offer this APP to our students. For SPICE Communication is life and it is our mission, as we want to enrich human values in areas of communication and technology,  the new APP is an example of how we want to extend our outreach with the student community, through modern technology and the latest means of communication.”

Father Francis Xavier, SSP, Assistant Director, SPICE, Mumbai, led the launch programme.  A big thank you to the management team for expediting this APP for the institute, Prasanna and his team from the technology partners who worked at creating this app, our staff for their insights, reviews and incorporating suggestions, while creating the APP and the content.


Father Dominic Savio D’Silva, Director of St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai, presented two research papers: Organizational Communication and Approaches to Research Methodology at the University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari campus, on Tuesday, 27 February 2018.

He delivered lectures at a workshop on ‘Research Methodology for Mass Media Researchers’ organized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (WRC) in association with the Department of Communication & Journalism, University of Mumbai.

As many as thirty-five PhD research students from across Maharashtra took part in the week-long workshop which was held from 23 February to 1 March 2018.


“It’s a milestone for SPICE and an affiliation for BMM with Mumbai University is a dream come true.  It may not be too long before SPICE becomes the best college for BMM in Mumbai,” exclaimed Father Shaiju Joseph, the Founding Director of SPICE, Mumbai, on being informed of the good news.

On Wednesday 28 February 2018, Government of Maharashtra gave the first nod to SPICE Mumbai to be affiliated to the University of Mumbai to offer Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) for Women. The declaration was published by Higher and Technical Education Department through its letter of intent for New College in the academic year 2018-19. 

SPICE has already submitted relevant documents to the varsity to complete the second phase of the affiliation process, and it is all set to get the final document by the end of May 2018.


Father Plavendran conducted a week-long journalism course for the students of Philosophy belonging to the SVD congregation in Bhopal. This course was held from 23 February to 3 March. In this course he taught them about the history of print journalism in India, the powers and functions of the Press Council of India and different aspects of media ethics to be kept in mind in writing news items. Students gladly received the ideas shared by Father Plavendran on various aspects of print journalism. The highlight of the course was that students were asked to cover the local events and get them edited by the lecturer and print it in the form of a newspaper. The students worked tirelessly to bring out the maiden issue of Vidya Bhavan Patrika. Together with this, all the students also got the glimpse of the newsroom of Dainik Bhaskar, the second largest Hindi daily in India. They thus got practical knowledge of how a newspaper is edited in the newsroom.


Father John Gilbert was invited to give a two-day Health seminar for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne; one at Pillar Health Centre in Andaman Nicobar Islands and another at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Shrirampur, Ahmednagar. Doctors, nurses and all the sisters involved in the health ministry, from different states of India, which formed two provinces, attended the Health Seminar. There were 51 participants in the seminar held at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Shrirampur, Ahmednagar, on 10 and 11 March 2018. The topics dealt with in the seminar include: Compassionate Care, Affordable Care, Rational and Quality Care, Caring for the Care Giver, End of Life Care and Life in its fullness. Spiritual aspects were incorporated into the topics to make it more reflective and help the participants to introspect the care they provided for their patients. Group discussions and sharing enriched the proceedings. In their feedback the participants shared that the seminar equipped them with due insight as to the kind of care to be given to their patients and to a sense of commitment to their mission.


ST PAULS COLLEGE and SPICE, Bangalore celebrated International women’s Day on 8 March. The committed faculty and students came together in front of the college campus and shared warm greetings for the day. In a short message the Principal, Father Prithviraj highlighted the importance of being a woman in the modern world. The senior-most field-worker on the campus distributed flowers to our female faculty. The celebration ended with cake cutting and wishes.

Seminar at SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE, Bangalore

Father Plavendran, conducted a seminar on Understanding the new digital age: Eight elements of digital communication in ST JOSEPH’S EVENING COLLEGE in Bangalore on 6 March 2018. The seminar consisted of two sessions and about hundred and fifty students participated in which he explained to them the elements of media in the new digital age. He did this by emphasizing eight elements that make up digital communication. Students listened to the lectures attentively, question and answer sessions deepening the interest.

BAT’ 18 (Bl. Alberione Talentia’ 18)

The students of ST PAULS COLLEGE took a break from their academic routine to take part in the Three-day event, “Blessed Alberione Talentia-2018 (BAT’ 18)” organized by the management and the faculty. This event was held to build team spirit, discover individual and group talent and ignite the fire of competition and festivity. The event began on 1 March 2018, with Father Prithvi Raj Philip, Principal of ST PAULS COLLEGE inaugurating it in the presence of Father Plavendran Irudayasamy, Vice Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, and students.

On day one sporting competitions like Cricket and Football were held at the field of Kentenich Vidhyaniketan. The Judges/referees of the Sporting competitions were Fathers Thomas and Aneesh, who judged the players fair and square. Day two contained multiple sports events like Throwball for girls and Volleyball for boys, Singles and mixed doubles Badminton, Kabaddi for both boys and girls, Indoor games such as Chess and Carom. Day three was cultural events day, with Mr Michael and Mr Shijo as the judges. The teams showcased their cultural talents in On-stage events like Solo and group singing and dancing, One-minute to fame, Mad-Ads, Fashion Show and Off-stage events like Rangoli and Street Plays. The participants were celebrating the event with such a merry and dynamic spirit that the audience also started dancing to the beat. The final competition, ‘Tug of war’ had the competing teams tug at the rope with all their energy, one last time! The event ended with the Prize Distribution for each competition and an Overall Trophy that was won by ST PAULS SUNRISERS (GREEN). Both the Principal and the Vice Principal took the stage to thank and remind everyone the true spirit of the events that is to let the students come together, test and break their limits and helped them recognize that the only competitor with whom we need to compete is our own self!

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