De Paul Institute Bengaluru
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||De Paul Institute of Religion & Philosophy, Kumbalagode P.O., 560074, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.|
|Phone||080 28437318, 28437715|
01. Fr. Kanjirakonam Abraham - Spiritual Director
02. Fr. Karikilamattathil Antony - Finance Officer & Teacher
03. Fr. Kottackal Joshy - Dean of Studies
04. Fr. Puthussery Varghese - Superior & Rector
05. Fr. Vallayil John - Professor
06. Fr. Vallooran Augustine Sr. - Spiritual Director
07. Fr. Varakath John - Vice Rector & Professor
08. Fr. Vezhaparambil Rafy - Professor
01. De Paul Farm (1992)
02. De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy (1993 at Edappally)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
The division of the Vincentian Congregation into independent regions took place in 1987. Later the Regions were erected as Provinces. This division was a decisive step in the growth and expansion of the Congregation in its membership, ministries and houses. It necessitated a stage of common formation for the young seminarians of the whole congregation so that the interaction, communion and co-operation between the provinces and members could be nurtured and fostered and to foster the unity and integrity of the entire Congregation. Moreover availability of seats for the seminarians in different major seminaries in India could not cope with our growing demand. This propelled the General Synaxis 1992 to look into the possibility of opening a common Philosophate for the entire Congregation under the auspices of the Generalate with the total co-operation of all the provinces in providing necessary personnel and resources. The mandate was to start it outside Kerala. The succeeding General Administrations acted promptly to execute this project.
The Superior General Very Rev. Fr. Paul Kariamadam and his team worked to find an appropriate location and finally decided to purchase the present land - a lush coconut grove of 12 acres of land in Bheemanakuppa Village, by the side of Hosapalaya road in the periphery of Bengaluru city. Availability of a well-built farm house, 3 phase electricity with a transformer right in the midst of the well-fenced property with plenty of ground water from a single tube-well were the main attractions in finalizing this land.
After consulting the Archdiocesan authorities it was decided to lay the foundation for the Philosophate on 27th September 1992, feast day of our Heavenly Patron, St. Vincent de Paul. In view of the hardships in getting permission to construct large buildings in the green-belt (agricultural land), a tentative plan of constructing 3 or 4 large farm houses was thought of. Moreover, changing the land-use meant a prolonged and expensive procedure. Meantime there came a proposal to sell a couple of acres of uncultivated land touching our farm. The sale deed for this plot of land, measuring about 3 acres, was made on 6th October 1992. It was decided to pursue vigorously to get the required permission to build convenient structures for the seminary in the newly purchased vacant plot.
The new General Administration under the leadership of Very Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal took the plans forward. After a prolonged effort and with the help of some influential people in Bangalore, the permission for the construction was obtained on 17th March 1994. Soon a detailed plan was drawn, got it approved by the local Panchayath and the construction was started from the first week of April 1994. Initially it was planned for accommodating 50 seminarians but of course keeping in mind the possibility for future expansion. Fr. Jacob Athickal, the General Councilor at that time, skillfully, efficiently and meticulously oversaw the construction from our part. The shape of the present De Paul is the fruit of his sweat and hard work. No one can adequately thank him for the enormous sacrifices he had undertaken for the realization of this grand project of the Congregation.
Awaiting the constructions at Bangalore, the General Administration opened the Philosophate, De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy, temporarily for the academic year 1993-94 attached to the newly constructed Vincentian Generalate at Edappally. Fr. John Vallayil was appointed officially as the Rector of our Philosophate on 5th June 1993. On 13th June 1993, the feast day of St. Antony of Padua, the first batch of 12 seminarians arrived at the Generalate, Edappally. Regular spiritual exercises, philosophy and language classes and all the other co-curricular activities of the seminary were introduced in the Institute from the very beginning. Many staff members of St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva helped us very generously during the two years of De Paul Institute’s existence at Edappally.
The second batch of 19 students arrived in Bangalore on 5th April 1995 to attend the contact classes and to appear for the university exams. They had to be accommodated in the farm house with limited facilities. The first phase of the building project was completed by the end of May 1995. The inauguration and blessing of De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy took place on the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 24th June 1995 by His Grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Alphonsus Mathias, the Archbishop of Bangalore. Superior General, Very Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal, opened the main door by cutting the ribbon. The regular classes were started by the first week of July 1995. The construction of the second phase of the building, the whole of the top floor, continued after a short break. There was the need for a small auditorium too. It was blessed by Rev. Fr. Antony Plackal, the Superior General in very simple ceremony. A milestone in the growth and development of De Paul Institute was its affiliation to Dharmaram Vidyakshetram, Bangalore to provide B.Ph degree to our students. De Paul is given the freedom to arrange the courses and conduct examinations according to the general norms prescribed by Rome. On 14th February 2001, the necessary official papers were signed between both the Institutes.
The long cherished dream of having a separate chapel for De Paul was approved in June 2006 by the General Administration and Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery, the Superior General laid the foundation stone on 17th August 2006. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, the Archbishop of Bangalore blessed the new chapel and offered the first Holy Eucharist on 3rd November 2007. The garden around the chapel and the pond beside and the grotto of St. Vincent de Paul were made later and got blessed on 8th April 2009. The modification works that started on 16th November 2009 on the old chapel were completed and was blessed on 13th June 2010. The lecture halls and Dean’s Office got shifted to those facilities. The newly constructed Marian Grotto was blessed on 15th July 2014.
In the academic year 2009-10, De Paul began to admit non Vincentians as day-scholars. The first one to be admitted was a Rosminian (Institute of Charity). They have a study house (Rosmini Nikethan) near Asirvanam Benedictine Monstery. In the years following De Paul regulary admitted B. Ph. candidates coming from outside. They included besides Rosminians, the Benedictines of Asirvanam (2010) and the Order of the Servites of Mary (2014).