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President's Message


Dear Staff and Students,
Ratio Fundamentalis…(2017) puts the emphasis in the Seminary Formation on Integral Formation which envelops specially of four dimensions: spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral. Although at JDV we put emphasis on academics we consciously integrate it with other dimensions, so as not to “overemphasize academics” which would leave seminarians lesser formed emotionally and personally. Our focus is on forming priests and religious who are ready to effectively serve the people with well behavior. When the vacuum within the head, heart and hand (behavior) is not addressed and filled up, space opens for disordered living that has made headlines in our hierarchical Church in recent months. Examination of our individual and collective ways of life especially during this Lent 2019 is paramount importance for better formation and mission. On January 26, 2019, Pope Francis met 30 Jesuits including the novices at the Nunciature in Panama. At that time, highlighting the importance of transparency, he said to the novices: “look, if you don’t get used to being transparent now, it’d be best you leave, because things will go badly. Falling short of transparency, even for something small, is something that can happen in every process of growth. But be careful, for if you do not recover quickly, there will come a time when the Society won’t know what to do with that person, because the bond of fraternity is broken, our being companions in the Lord. At that point the person will go on by deceit, by excuses, by sickness. Anything that will let him do what he wants.”Read More

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History of JDV

JNANA-DEEPA VIDYAPEETH (JDV) is the name given to the Pontifical Athenaeum in Pune in its Revised Statutes of 1972. The Pontifical Athenaeum has a history going back to 1893 when Pope Leo XIII founded the Papal Seminary in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and entrusted its direction and administration to the Society of Jesus. The charter of 27 July 1926, issued by the Holy See, elevated the Papal Seminary to the status of a Pontifical College with the rights and privilege of conferring the Baccalaureate, Licentiate and Doctorate in both Philosophy and Theology. In the Statutes of 1940, approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Athenaeum, comprising the Faculties of Philosophy and Theology, was given an autonomous status with its own academic and administrative setup. In 1955 the Papal Seminary-and, with it, the Papal Athenaeum-was transferred from Sri Lanka to Pune, in close proximity to De Nobili College, the Jesuit Read More

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