HISTORY OF THE SCHOLASTICATE IN PUNE
The history of the Scholasticate dates back to 2009 June 1, when all the students of theology and Philosophy were shifted to Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth- Pune from St. Pius X Seminary-Mumbai. The piece of land together with the building known as “bharakholi-12 rooms” purchased from Jesuit fathers by then Provincial Fr. Erasto Fernandez SSS and his team made it possible to have the Scholasticate in their own land unlike in Mumbai where it was on rented-building. Thus the dream of having our Scholasticate in the historical land of Pune and in the institute came true. The Scholasticate was officially blessed and inaugurated by then Provincial Fr. Erasto Fernandez SSS in the presence of Rev. Fr. Oscar Rosario SJ, the rector of Jesuit Community (DNC-De Nobili College) and Rev. Fr. Job Kozhdhadem, the president of JDV on 2nd of August 2009- the feast day of St. Peter Julian Eymard. The new community consisted of Fr. Gnanasekhar SSS as the superior and director of scholastics, Rev. Fr. Julian SSS as the community treasurer and Bros. Joel (3rd Year of Theology) Sesu (2nd Year of Theology), Bharathi, Devan, Dhanam, Metha, and Ramesh (1st Year of Theology) and Christopher (1st year of Philosophy).
When Fr. Gnanasekhar SSS became the Provincial in November 2009, Rev. Fr. Erasto Fernandez SSS took over as the superior and director of scholastics and Fr. Julian SSS was transferred to Colaba. On the following academic year 2010-2011, due to the increase in the number of scholastics and lack of space in the bharakholi some of the scholastics were accommodated in the Jesuit building known as Dhobicot- Laundry. The necessary modifications in the building made it as a formation house with all the facilities. Due to constant increase in the number of scholastics the proposal for new Scholasticate building was made by then the provincial Fr. Gnanasekhar SSS. So the old structure was pulled down in the beginning of the academic year 2012-2013. By this time Rev. Fr. Sebastian SSS took over as the superior and treasurer of the community and Rev. Fr. Erasto Fernandez SSS as the director of scholastics. The Scholasticate was then shifted to Dhobicot-Laundry. All the necessary arrangements were made to run the Scholasticate smoothly without any interruption. The permission to begin the project of New Scholasticate Building from Pune Municipal Corporation was delaying due to various factors.
However, major shift was made in the beginning of the academic year 2013-2014 to Papal Seminary where two buildings adjacent to the Papal Seminary were given for the scholastics due to the increase of the number of the scholastics thus leading to lack of space and facilities in the Dhobicot-Laundry. This arrangement lasted only one year: 2013-2014. For the same reason of increase of students in the Papal Seminary, the fathers in the Seminary asked to find another place for the SSS Scholasticate. Thus the Scholasticate was moved from there. It was back again to the Dhobicot-Laundry at the end of March 2014.
Realizing that the permission to begin the new building delayed and enormous difficulties in shifting the Scholasticate Jesuit fathers in consultation with SSS province came forward to pull down the Dhobicot-Laundry and put up new structure in the same venue for the Scholasticate. Thus today the Scholasticate runs in the Jesuit building with total number of 20 scholastics studying both Philosophy and Theology. It has given 7 priests ( Frs. Joel, Sesu, Bharathi, Devan, Dhanam, Metha, and Ramesh to the province from the land of Pune.
Indeed the joy of having new Scholasticate came true in 9th December 2014, when Rev. Fr. Jegaraj the New Provincial along with his new team officially blessed the land and inaugurated the ground breaking ceremony in the presence of Rev. Fr. Keith SJ the Rector of Jesuit Community and Rev. Fr. Vincent Crasta SJ the Registrar of JDV and campus fathers and sisters. The present Scholasticate Community consists of Rev. Fr. Sebastian SSS as the superior and treasurer and Rev. Fr. Joseph SSS as the new director of Scholastics in the place of Fr. Erasto who was transferred to Mumbai in November 2014. The total strength of community is 20: 17 scholastics and 3 fathers.
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