SHILLONG, (C.M. Paul)– Archbishop Dominic Jala SDB of Shillong released a book, entitled Grace and Competence in Pastoral Ministry – Essays to mark the platinum jubilee of Sacred Heart Theological College Shillong (1938 – 2013), on 6th August at the inauguration of SHTC academic year (2012-2013).
The event also marked the start of the Platinum Jubilee of the Theologate which came to Mawlai in 1938 after the Salesian study house of Philosophy and Theology, known as Our Lady’s House Shillong, went up in flames in 1936.
Among the 31 contributing authors listed in the book are an Archbishop, a mother general and a general councilor, a member of the International Theological Commission and a lay brother, two provincials, and several outstanding professors from various disciplines related to priestly formation.
The 479 page book starts with a forward by the former SHTC Rector and provincial of the newly erected Silchar province of the Salesians. He reminds readers about the context of theological reflection and studies which should be done “within the living and life-giving milieu of the liturgia, martyria and diakonia of the Church (p.ix).
He further explains that “the volume emphasises the Salesian way of being apostles of Christ by tracing the salient features of the spirituality lived by Don Bosco (p. xi) whose birth bi-centenary is scheduled to be celebrated in 2015.
The editors of the book Dr. Paul Vadakumadan (editor of Mission Today Review) and Dr Jose Varickasseril (professor and pastor), both members of the SHTC faculty, give a brief introduction to the compilation of scholarly articles divided between topics of priestly formation such as: Liturgy (3 articles), Moral & Canonical (2), Theology and Formation, (13), Media (4), Salesianity (3), Scripture and Catechetics (6).
They hope that “these writings enhance the pastoral effectiveness of the laity, religious and priests,’ who attend SHTC training program.
The book published by the Vendrame Institute Publication, SHTC Shillong, costs Rs. 300.00, USD 30 or Euro 25. For orders write to: email@example.com