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Sep 9 : The Monthi fest celebration at St Joseph's Seminary, Jeppu was held on 7 September 2017. We celebrated the birth of our heavenly mother with overwhelming joy. the day was also marked the inauguration of the silver jubile year of the Konkani Bhinghari (Konkani Academy).

The day began with the holy Eucharistic celebration in Konkani language. Fr James D’Souza was the main celebrant of the day. Very Rev. Fr Ronald Serrao, the rector, Fr Francis D’Souza, the director of Konkan Bhinghari, Fr Boniface Pinto, Fr Milton Jacob were present for the Eucharistic celebration.

Soon after the liturgical ceremony there was an inauguration ceremony of the silver jubilee year of Konkani Bhinghari and the releasing of “Nadar” (Konkani Bhinghari annual magazine) thereafter.

History takes us back to 1918-19 when the Seminary first opened up itself for the academies in vernacular languages, there began Konkani Academy too (Unitas ’23). But the amalgamation of the academies in the middle of 1930s interrupted the academy’s life. Later with the drastic efforts of Rev. Fr John Femandes, then professor and a few brothers, the revival of Konkani Academy took place in the year 1995-1996. With new vigour and better motives, it was named “Konknni Bhingari”

This year we celebrate the silver year of ‘Konknni Bhingari' and thank God for the continuous journey in educating about the culture and the language, and for the real good that has taken place.

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