ST. ALOYSIUS GONZANGA

Aloysius Gonzanga was born on March 9, 1568. He was an Italian aristocrat who joined the Society of Jesus. Gonzanga was born the eldest of seven children at his family castle in Castiglione delle Stiviere, between Brescia and Mantova in northern Italy. Aloysius is the Latin name of Gonzanga’s given name Luigi.

As the first born son, he had to inherit his father’s title, Marquis. His father desired of him to become a soldier. His military training started at an early age. He also studied languages and arts. His father was very pleased to see him marching in the military camp that he had joined at the age of five. He grew up amid the violence and brutality of Renaissance Italy and witnessed the murder of two of his brothers. In 1576, at the age of 8, he was sent to Florence, along with his younger brother, Rodolfo, to serve at the court of the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici and to receive further education. While there, he fell ill with a disease of the kidneys, which was to trouble him throughout his life. While he was ill, he took the opportunity to read about the saints and to spend much of his time in prayer. He is said to have taken a private vow of chastity at the age of 9. He returned to Castiglione and there he met Cardinal Charles Borromeo. He received his first holy communion from the Cardinal in 1580. Strongly inspired by the book he read on the Jesuits missionaries in India, he became a missionary himself. His family was called to Spain to assist The Holy Roman Empress Maria of Austria in 1581. They arrived in Madrid in 1582. After that he thought of joining a religious order and considered joining Capuchins. But he had a Jesuit confessor in Madrid and decided to join that order. Aloysius’ mother agreed to this decision but his father prevented him from doing so.

In 1584, he still wanted to be a priest. But his family persuaded him to change his mind. All their efforts were in vain. In November 1585, he gave up all his rights of inheritance which was confirmed by the emperor. He joined the novitiate on 25 June 1585. His health continued to give him problems along with his kidney problem he developed a skin disease, chronic headaches and insomnia. On November 25, 1587 he took the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In 1591, a plague broke out in Rome. The Jesuits opened a hospital for the stricken, and Aloysius volunteered to work there. Aloysius showed the first symptoms of being infected. It seemed certain that he would die in a short time, and he was given Extreme Unction. To everyone’s surprise, however, he recovered, but his health was left worse than ever. While he was ill, he spoke several times with his confessor, the cardinal and later saint, Robert Bellarmine. Aloysius had another vision, and told Bellarmine that he would die on the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi. On that very day, which fell on June 21 that year, he seemed very well in the morning, but insisted that he would die before the day was over. As he began to grow weak, Bellarmine gave him the last rites, and recited the prayers for the dying. He died just before midnight.

In 1729, Pope Benedict declared Saint Aloysius as patron saints for young students. In 1926, he was named the patron saint to all Catholic youth by Pope Pius XI.

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

Leadership Training Program is the best thing that has happened in my life so far. The program started at 1:30 on 12th July 2014 with a small prayer. We were divided into 6 groups. There was an ice breaking session where we met a lot many new people from our own college. A bunch of activities were conducted to increase our knowledge of the Bible, like skit on parables, memorizing bible verses, and dancing.

Leadership Training

Leadership Training

On Saturday, we were given sessions on topics like “Love of God” and “Our relationship with God”. In these sessions we were taught how our relationship with our Lord should be: a relationship of complete surrender. We had a beautiful time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I saw a lot many participants with tears in their eyes and genuine love for God.
On Sunday, we all participated in a workshop where we learnt how to be good leaders in our classes, society, homes and churches. We learnt the 5 aspects of being a good leader:
• Sacrifice
• Humility
• Glorifying God
• Not being judgmental
• Love

Leadership Training

Leadership Training

Later we had a time of confession of our sins. What a beautiful experience! There was joy in everybody’s faces. We could see the grace of the Almighty in each of our lives. I felt as light as a feather as if all my burden and guilt was taken away. We all participated in the Holy mass. The sermon was on how we should spread the Kingdom of God intellectually. Then we had a meeting were we planned the activities for the whole year. We all dispersed after a time of praise and worship at 4:30 on 13th July.

In these two days, I have not only been drawn closer to God but also grew in my fellowship with my fellow participants. Now I can say that we are united in the name and love of God. I am so looking up to the annual retreat which would bring with it a load of beautiful experiences.

Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC

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Sedes Minerva – An overview

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

~Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist

Challenge, thinking and fun and the first thing that comes to your mind would be a quiz. Quizzing is a fun way of gaining knowledge where your grey cells are put to test. At Christ Junior College, we quizzers are given a great platform to showcase our talent through our very own quiz club, Sedes Minerva. Sedes Minerva is a fun filled knowledge based quiz club where one can take part in quizzes on a wide range of topics.

General Knowledge, IT, Indian heritage, Entertainment are some of the many quizzes which Sedes Minerva hosts as a part of its activities throughout the year. The club also holds training sessions regularly for its members which gives a basic idea on how to prepare for a quiz, topics to cover and ways to tackle challenging questions. Students who perform well and show active participation in the activities of the club will also be allowed to represent the college in quizzes held in other colleges as part of their intercollegiate fests.

Sedes Minerva also serves as a great platform to meet new people and make new friends who share the common passion for quizzing. Quizzing is not just a game of question and answers but its a game of minds. So, if you can crack those answers to those mind boggling questions then, Sedes Minerva is the place to be!

Nikhil Chandra R, Student Representative, Sedes Minerva

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IPL and Elections 2014 Quiz

Sedes Minerva recently conducted an IPL and Elections 2014 quiz for the students of 2nd PU. Since the Indian Premier League and the General elections 2014 concluded recently, students were quizzed on the history and various facts about both events. The quiz consisted of a written preliminary round with 17 questions and a final. 6 teams who top scored in the prelims made it to the final round.

The final consisted of 4 rounds where teams were quizzed on topics such as famous slogans of various parties in the previous elections, captains and coaches of all the IPL teams etc. It was a fun quiz which all the participating teams enjoyed as they learned more facts about these events. The following teams emerged as the winners in the quiz:

I Place – B.Sri Ram- II HEPP N                                                                                                                         Suhas KC- II PCMB E

II Place – Rakshit Reddy- II PCMB G                                                                                                                 Tanuj- II PCMB G

III Place –  Amogh Chakravarthy- II HEPP N                                                                                                   Nikhil Chandra R- II PCME H

Congratulations to all the winners!

                                                        Nikhil Chandra R, Student Representative, Sedes Minerva

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About PRERANA Club

Prerana, the language association is organizing multi-lingual inter-class competitions this month. These competitions start from 12th of this month and is conducted in Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit and French languages. This is a nice exposure for students to exhibit their skills in these languages. The details of the events, their rules and regulations, venue and other details may be enquired at the Language Department staffroom (Room 07) or can be cited at the Clubs and Association notice board.

Manish N Rao, Student Representative, Prerana

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PRERANA CLUB

Words express love, trust, fear, confidence. Words express emotions. Welcome to the world of literature. When a writer picks his pen, he has more power in his hand than a soldier’s sword!! Each of our minds think different creatively. So we present to PRERANA CLUB which leaves its doors open for the butterflies to fly out of the box. Prerana Club leaves its doors open for each of you to enjoy the freedom of expression and let your thoughts reach to others. It gives you a huge platform to utilize the power of language and explore and improve the hidden talents in you through various events.

Prerana club conducts competitions like singing, debating, creative writing, drama, story narration etc., which is open to all to participate. So keep calm and participate…..
WELCOME TO PRERANA

Manish N Rao, Student Representative, Prerana

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A visit to a Recyclin Plant

All the first PU students of eco club have to attend a CSA visit to the recycling plant which is within campus on 12th July at 11:45 a.m. All other interested students may join as well.

Nalini Achar, Student Representative, Eco club

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