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Paul Goethals, (1832-1901)

Paul Goethals, (1832-1901) was a Belgian Jesuit Missionary in India and First Archbishop of Calcutta.

Early years and Formation
Born in an influential and politically active family (his father was a member of the foundational National Congress of Belgium in 1831) Goethals did his secondary studies at the Jesuit High school of Liege, Belgium. After joining the Society of Jesus, he did his philosophical studies in Namur (1856-57) and theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (1863-67).

Rector and Provincial
Goethals was the Rector of Saint Jean-Berchmans High School, Bruxelles (1868-69) and soon after Provincial of the Belgian Jesuits (1870-76). Then again Rector of the Notre-Dame de la Paix High School in Namur. Everything seemed to have destined him to progress in a successful administration career in Jesuit educational institutions. A turn came however when, because of his leadership qualities, he was chosen as Apostolic Vicar of Calcutta. The Bengal mission was at that time entrusted to the Belgian Jesuits.

Archbishop of Calcutta
Goethals arrived in Calcutta, as Vicar Apostolic, on the 4th November 1878. When the Catholic hierarchy was established in India (1 September 1886) he became the first Archbishop of Calcutta. The 23 years that Goethals was at the helm, were years of development and consolidation of the Catholic Church in East India, with the establishment of the Jesuit Theologate in Kurseong, near Darjeeling (1889), the arrival of numerous religious congregations who opened missions, schools and dispensaries. He is also the founder of the first indigenous religious congregation of women, the Daughters of St. Ann, in 1899.

Goethals actively encouraged evangelization and education in the Chota Nagpur plateau of Central India and was an effective help to Constant Lievens' work among the Mundas, Oraons and Kharias of Jharkhand. In and around Darjeeling too, in the first slopes of the Himalayas, he opened up new missionary centers and backed the Jesuits' foundation of the St Joseph High School (Darjeeling). A boarding school in Kurseong keeps his memory alive: the Goethals Memorial School.

In Calcutta he started a Catholic printing press, established several new parishes and gathered a collection of more than 6000 books on India (religions, geography, travels, culture and languages) that became the nucleus of what is known today as the Goethals Indian Library and Research Centre (attached to St. Xavier's College, Calcutta). Intellectually open and quite active in the cultural and social life of the city he was at one point the president of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. an association of scholars (started by William Jones) devoted to promoting a better knowledge and appreciation of Indian languages and civilizations.


SXC-Vision 2020 : Men and Women for others

St. Xavier's College, Kolkata would have completed 160 years by 2020 C.E. It is my belief that the college will continue to give expression in diverse ways to the teachings of Jesus Christ and remain inspired by the vision of St. Ignatius to produce men and women of strong conscience, compassion, commitment and competence. The words of St. Irenaeus, 'Man (and Woman) fully alive is the Glory of God' come to my mind as I reflect on the vision 2020 of our college. The young men and women of our college will be fully alive through their commitment and dedication to social consciousness, humanism and respect for the environment in thought, word and deed. They will therefore bring God's love to all and join together in the efforts to build the kingdom of justice and peace on earth.

The early Jesuits had made their distinctive contribution to the humanism of the sixteenth century through their innovations in education. Our vision 2020 inspired by them calls for creativity in every realm of thought, education and spirituality. Jesuit education in 2020 should be the product of an Ignition pedagogy that pursues excellence through reflective inquiry leaving no room for compromises and half measures. As members of the Jesuit family we should continue to excel in every field and make it a way of life and live with that passion for the greater glory of God just as our Jesuit forefathers had done.

This vision should be broadened to include men and women who have expertise in the use of modern technology. They should be able to think critically, eliminate the harmful effects of technology and at the same time use it as a tool for the development of values of equality, liberty and fraternity. These values are enshrined in the preamble of the Indian constitution and the Jesuit constitution too. In the words of Fr. G. Beckers, SJ, who was an ardent admirer of Gandhian philosophy, “the antajya or the marginalized should be at every point of time, the centre of all our educational plans, policies and implementation”.

It is my hope that as educators of the college we would form men and women who would wage a war against the harmful effects of globalization and the accompanying culture of consumerism. However an appreciation of the merits of globalization and an awareness of how we could be beneficiaries of the good things it brings with it such as greater access to modern technology, the computer and the internet as well as economic wellbeing and prosperity should be recognized.

Vision 2020 should include men and women for others and the environment. As educators of a Jesuit institution we should contribute to a growing awareness of the need to restore the ecological balance. We have an obligation to care for our planet earth and should be responsible and accountable for the intelligent use of the available resources. From an ecofeminist perspective, we need to celebrate men, women and nature. We must develop an ecological paradigm that presupposes the fact that ultimately all the ecosystems of the planet interconnect in the living whole we call earth. Education must make this interconnectedness explicit. The ecological paradigm demands that we cultivate a sense of belonging to a system that functions as a whole and that we extend our awareness to the other systems with which we interact. Our problems are inter-connected and so also are our solutions. This extension of awareness will lead to constructive solutions for environmental problems.

Our students must grow in the wisdom that we are part of a web of life and that any part which is weak will systematically weaken the rest of the system. We need to grow in taking responsibility directly and indirectly for the ecological crisis which is looming like the sword of Damocles over us.

Resources are depleting at an alarming rate and unless we change our lifestyle and bring a reversal in the way we live there would be an ecological disaster. It is my dream that St. Xavier's college will be a model for other educational institutions to emulate in environmental conservation and protection through various available means. These could include rainwater harvesting, solar heating, solar lighting, generating electricity through windmills, waste recycling and management, etc. This can be promoted through our outreach programmes thus conscientising others through our example.

Thus St. Xavier's will not only be committed to the intellectual apostolate providing quality education to students but it will also promote respect for the dignity of the human person. This calls for the preservation of a safe environment where people can live happy and healthy lives free from dangers caused by toxic waste, polluted air, water and soil and accompanying diseases. All forms of activity in and through St. Xaviers should take into consideration the health and well being of people. We owe a debt to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the instructions of his follower St. Ignatius and to the Church in India and Bengal to keep up the tradition of the old Jesuit fathers and encourage more lay participation against the background of men and women for others and the environment.

Sr. Lecturer, SXC


Epitome of Academic World

The Preamble to The Constitution of India enshrines the principle of liberty, equality, and fraternity to Her citizens. The St. Xavier's College which emerged from the ruins of Sans Souci Theatre at Park Street too echoes the 'mantra' of liberty of thought and expression, equality of opportunity and fraternity amongst its students and staff.

St. Xavier's College, which was founded in the year 1860 by a group of Jesuit Fathers has reached the age of 150 years. But far from being considered as old, it is still full of its youthful energy and vigour. It has to stead forward to the future, as it has the responsibility of shaping the future generation, as it has been done for the previous and present generation. Over this span of one and a half century, the Institution has gradually grown from a simple 'shade-providing tree' to a 'giant banyan' spreading its branches to all spheres of society.

St. Xavier's College is expected to be at the epitome of the academic world. I would like to see the end of an era, by watching the SXC getting converted to the SXU – St. Xavier's University.

I would like to visualize all the class rooms fully digitized, and the Professors addressing his/ her students using the audio-visual facilities in addition to the 'chalk-and-talk' mode of delivering lectures. The class-rooms will be full of students sitting with their palm-tops and laptops, instead of the traditional exercise books carried by them.

The Research wing is expected to be in its full flow, granting Ph.D degree to its students from different disciplines.

Student exchange programmes should be organised with other recognised educational institutions of the world on a regular basis, thus providing enough opportunity to the students towards higher education.

Apart from the regular subjects offered to the various categories of students, other foreign languages, which will be adding values to the students in the 'globalised world' should be taught.

Various study tours and excursions should be organised for the students and faculties having interest in various fields.

In this fast paced competitive world, along with adding academic values to the students, their moral and ethical values should also be uplifted by incorporating Art of Living sessions. Moreover, personality development, stress handling, soft skills, time management may be some of the areas which could be taken care of.

The SXU Guest House is expected to be developed, to host the foreign and out-station dignitaries and delegates, who come to the campus to share their knowledge and vision with this Institution during the regular Seminars and Conferences organised by the different departments of the Institution.

I would like to see 'SXU Bus' plying across the city, and thereby enhancing the connectivity between the College campuses and important city centers.

There should be a University Museum which will be acting as a forum for displaying the rare artifacts, books and other valuables collected by and gifted to the Institution over the years.

The College can tie up with a radio channel and thereby host community development programmes, debates and discussions, involving not only its students but also the public.

Last but not the least, the Fathers, who have held the Institution as it is for the past fifteen decades should continue to be focused, dedicated, loving, caring, yet firm.

Abhik Kr. Mukherjee
Lecturer, SXC


St. Xavier's College - 10 years later

I was really honoured to be invited to share my vision of St. Xavier's College 10 years later.
I will confess that I already have an impaired cylindrical vision – it may be an idea or some wishful thinking …. Which I will never be able to feel, experience or visualize …. My tryst with St. Xavier's College began 50 years ago when my father, a Chemistry alumnus initiated a groupie in dramatics. !! From those days till now I feel spellbinding haunting stir in my blood. May be it's the grand architecture, the cool ambience, love and nostalgia from my childhood days with my dear father … can't just identify, its eerie definitely. Fifteen years ago my daughter chose to be here because she was quite fed up of her parents “Coffee house cum College street traits! She embraced more the green benches and Arunda's Canteen than her honours. I do have a lot of wishes which I am penning now

  1. If possible let the premises be architecturally as it is ….

  2. It would be great if the Senior School tie up with the NSS and AICUF

  3. Qualitative refreshers' courses for all Staff members teaching and non-teaching for a holistic approach towards life in general

  4. Exchange programmes of Students and professors for an honest universality

  5. Community service for all

  6. Celebrate being a XAVERIAN every day with out being ceremonial about it

I have really no idea where on earth cars should be parked 10 years later…. as I mentioned earlier that I won't be here after all …
How disappointing is that?

Mrs. Ujjani Ray
Councilor, SXC


St. Xavier's 2020

I feel proud to know that at present St. Xavier's college (autonomous) is the best college in West Bengal and the second best college in India.

As a student I fulfilled my dream during 1988 when I finished graduation with honours from this institute; and since 1st August 1992 being part of teaching faculty, I really feel proud of its academic excellence.

During the next few years, I hope this institution will become the best in India with its full-fledged deemed University status. This will be my another dream which I must fulfill during my stay with this institution.

Prof. Samir Lobwo
Lecturer, SXC


Essay Competition 

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata this year, the Goethals Research Society and the Alumni Association of the College have jointly organized an essay competition on the theme: SXC 2020. The competition aims to bring out a vision for Xavier's for the next ten years.

The competition is open to all Xaverians between the age group 18 and 35. The last date is postponed to November 30, 2009.


Looking back: The buildings housing SXC over 150 years
By Udayan Namboodiri

In terms of physical appearance, how has St. Xavier's College changed over the past 150 years? On January 16, 2010 many Xaverians past and present may find themselves pondering on this. I suspect a great many could be persuaded that since SXC has thrived on the same spot for 150 years, at least a small part of the original has survived as the nucleus to the present pile of buildings that make up this outstanding institution.

Actually, if Fathers Depelchin or Lafont or even the first 'old boy' Rector, E. O'Neil were to return today, they'd actually be entitled to think that SXC has moved to some other venue. Or, they might as well have lost their way. SXC has been built and rebuilt on the same seven acres so many times that nothing today remains from even the 19th century. This picture essay attempts to tell the story of the landmarks in the physical history of SXC; in other words, how the College came to acquire its present shape.

Picture 1 shows Park Street circa 1860; a lonesome ekka gharry trots up from the east side, bang in front of the property on which the Archbishop's residence stands today. The spire of the Protestant St. Paul's Cathedral is visible in the distance. The adjacent building is a part of today's SXC, but in the earliest days of the College it was a private house occupied by some very noisy people. That was No. 11 Park Street, whose inmates used to sing, drink and make merry till the small hours, causing considerable disturbance to the boarders of the College on No. 10, which was the first address of SXC in 1860. In Picture 2, a daguerreotype from 1840, we get a close look of that charming building with Doric pillars. It was one of most showy buildings of Calcutta of the time as it once housed the famous Sans Soucci theatre, which was burnt down in 1843 causing the death of its proprietress, the actress Esther Leach.

Picture 3a was taken in the 1920s from the west of the rather theatrical portals of SXC as it had been on the morning of 1860. However, it has to be pointed out that the two-storey building at right angles to the building in the foreground was a later addition. So, on January 16. 1860, SXC was only about a theatre house with a grand entrance surrounded by an acre of land. The south view of the theatre house, in which was housed the first students, masters, servants, horses, etc. is seen in Picture 3b. Many years later, one of the first Jesuit professors of SXC recalled his first impression when he went to inspect the college before its inauguration:

A showy building, with all sorts of what in theatrical language are called 'properties', and something like an acre of ground. The building is oblong, and a good deal of it is devoted to a very fine portico and entrance hall. The house is in a bad state of repair, the furniture is poor and insufficient, the library of the scantiest, and half destroyed by worms, the playground is a veritable jungle. Some years back Bishop Carew had done his best to convert the former theatre into a house imparting education, where the boys and masters could live and learn in somewhat ideal Christian surroundings. But schoolrooms, lavatories, dormitories, masters' rooms and the Chapel are so cramped together with just deal boards as partitions, that the very sight of the place was depressing.

However, within a few months, the Fathers began negotiating with the owners of No. 11 an outright sale. A deal was soon clinched and by 1864 it was formalised. So, SXC's address became 10 & 11 Park Street. It was not before 1910, the golden jubilee, that the houses on Park Street were renumbered by the civic authorities and SXC had its composite address, 30 Park Street, which remains unchanged to this day.

However, before that, quite a few additions had happened. Picture 4 was clicked in 1868 from the south side and it shows that No. 10 has grown into a three-storey building and the old private house are side by side with a fairly grassy playfield as common area. Fronting the former private house there stands a low, thatched roof structure, which from Father Hosten's diaries we learn housed the workers and carpenter's shop. The fact that the founding fathers of SXC could manage to build such an impressive structure within the first decade speaks volumes for their organisational abilities. Incidentally, if we return to Picture 3b, we will notice that No.10 looks pretty bashed up. That's because the picture was clicked after a devastating cyclone. To Father Depelchin, the first Rector, that cyclone was the turning point in the early struggle for the college's survival. He raised a great deal of finance to rebuild not only No. 10 and extend it vertically, but also closed the deal on No. 11.

Next, from Picture 5, again a south view snapped in 1875, we see that a great deal of expansion has taken place in the previous seven years. Now we see No. 11 has become a fairly large mansion. On the roof, is the first of the observatories which had made SXC a world famous institution. Another new thing is the low structure meeting the left corner of No. 10 at a right angle. This means that the foundation to the future B.Ed building (1940s) with the canteen on the ground floor had already been laid. The playground was getting bigger meanwhile, thanks to phased purchases. In the 1940s, the Archbishop's residence yielded a bit of land to SXC to help the school building extend a bit.

Picture 6, taken in 1907, No. 11 had changed substantively. Not only is it bigger than No. 10, it also has several annexes. The observatory is now on its independent building running north to south. While all this was happening in the south, how was the Park Street frontage doing? We have Picture 7 taken around the same time. Here No. 11, which stands where today's Chapel and Goethal's library is now housed. It is a curious structure with neither airy verandahs nor flat terrace which typify Bengal architecture. This was actually the result of some recent modifications because Calcutta University had encouraged Father Lafont during his second term as Rector, to add a new storey to No. 11 to house the largest science laboratories then known in any Indian college (Picture 7b taken in 1905). The ground floor also has porthole-like cavities. No. 10, the reminder of Sans Soucci, is unchanged since 1860. The two addresses have the same gates, however.

The Sans Soucci entrance to No. 10 was torn down in the 1930s. With it vanished SXC's last link to its pre-1860 past. Picture 7c is reproduced from SXC Magazine of 1932 which mourned the passing of a great era.

Now, in Picture 8, taken in 1912 showing Father E. O'Neil receiving the Governor of Bengal, Lord Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael, is also the first close up of the playground with the low structures which we had first noticed in Picture 5 distinct in the background. The Survey of India's office is the dominant building. On the left corner is the cricket pavilion which was constructed with the help of funds raised by the Old Boys Association and closer to us is the row of huts housing the workers of the college. This scene survived till 2006 when a grand reorganisation was carried out leading to the construction of a new wing of the college. Now the Survey of India building is no longer visible.

Father O'Neil had his back to the school building which looked like this (Picture 9) at the time. In 1915 that view changed forever, with the construction of the Crohan Building (Picture 10), named after Father Crohan, the second 'old boy Rector' of SXC. Bang in the middle of the ground floor, under the arched entrance, was a flight of stairs that led the boys of the school up to their classrooms. This cavity was filled up in 1938. Notice the domed roof of the observatory on the terrace. Picture 10b gives the north to south look of the Crohan building (curious flag fluttering at half mast – reason unknown) and in the distance we see a part of the gymnasium which vanished in 1975.

The Primary Department of the school was shifted from corner to corner of No. 11 throughout the history of SXC. After World War II, the pressure on admissions became too acute and the Fathers were glad when the property, No. 6 Short Street, formerly housing the British Council, was up for sale. From 1949, classes were held in the original building (Picture Primary-A), but in 1957, the new building (Picture Primary-B) became operational.

By the late 1920s, SXC was a gorgeous campus surrounded by a residential district right out of a fairy tale. An aerial picture taken in 1932 –Picture 11 – conveys to us the high level of self-contentment that filled the lives of the people inside those gorgeous villas, sunny bungalows and balustrated mansions. Short Street, Wood Street, Theatre Road, Middleton Street, Middleton Road, Hungerford Street, Loudon Street, Rawdon Street and Park Street all the way up to New Market – were noted for their neatness and gentile ambience. It all added up to resemble a piece of Europe in the heart of Asia.

That Kolkata has vanished, but St. Xavier's still flourishes right on the place it has always stood.

(Udayan Namboodiri's St. Xavier's: The Making of a Calcutta Institution, Penguin-Viking, 1995, is the only people's history of SXC and is available from Amazon.com)


SXC 2020

Academic standards to be continuously evaluated.
Out reach programmes to encourage students from the rural sector
More P.G. courses compatible with the job market.
Augmenting the Library infrastructure
The common student needs to be induced into the habit of making use of the library.

Partha Mukherjee
Lecturer, SXC


New Book

WTO completed its first decade of existence in 2005. It was high time to have a look at the world economies and specially the developing ones to assess the gains and losses obtained due to the operations of WTO.

Edited by Prof. Raj Kumar Sen and Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, the book, in two parts deals mainly with the topics like “Ten Years of WTO” and “WTO and Bilateral Relations”. Altogether 59 articles authored by renowned scholars are included in it. The volume is an outcome of selected papers presented at the 4thh IIDS International Seminar held at St. Aquinas College, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2004.

Mr. Udayan Namboodiri, a well-known writer and an environmental activist, released the book on September 6, Sunday at the end of a one-day seminar organized by St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) in collaboration with the Bengal Economic Association.

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Researchers at the Goethals

Fr. Babu Joseph, Darjeeling, on Heritage Buildings of Darjeeling.
Mr. Joppan George, Kerala, on Colonial Visual Cultures.
Mr. Nilanjan Das, Kolkata, on Christian Philosophy.
Mr. Ranjan Chakrabarti, Hooghly, on Ancient History.
Ms. Indrani Dasgupta, Kolkata, on Christmas during the British period.
Sr. M. Lynn. (M.C), Kolkata, on History-Mother Teresa.
Sr. Shaini P. Joseph (F.C), Kidderpore on History of the Church in Bengal.


Donation of Book

The Library thanks Mr. Madan Lal Gupta for the Donation of the book entitled “Divine Knowledge & Yoga” Written by Shri Madan Lal Gupta to our library.

We are grateful to Dr. Mal Nolan, Australia for the gift of the book “The Enterprising Life of Dr Henry Backhaus” which was written by Dr. Nolan himself.


New Arrivals

Christian Thinkers in India, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2007.
Crossing the Borders by Anand Amaladass and Rosario Rocha, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2001.
Essays on Intercultural Philosophy, by Franz Martin Wimmer, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai 2002.
Essays on Leibniz – 350th Anniversary Commemorative Volume by Anand Amaladass Satya Nilayam, Research Institute, Madras
Indian Christian Thinkers, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2005.
Indian Exegesis, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2003.
Introduction to Aesthetics, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2000.
Introduction to Philosophy, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2001.
Materials on the History of the Ramanuja School, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2005.
Musical Spring, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2007.
Philosophical Implications of Dhvani, by Anand Amaladass, VIENNA 1984.
Philosophy of Education, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2008
Philosophy of History, Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2008.
Pilgrim Without Boundaries, by Ravi Ravindra, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2002.
Political Thinkers of India, by Dr. Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications 1998.
Preaching Wisdom to the wise,Anand Amaladass, SJ. And Francis X. Clooney, SJ. Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2005.
Profiles of Poverty and Networks of Power, by Anand Amaladass, DACA Publications, Madurai, 2001.
Rene Descartes by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 1997.
Select Writings of Herbert Herring, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2005.
Tattvatrayavyakhyanam, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, 1995.
The Problem of Evil, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2007.
Thinking Aesthetically years of Sahrdaya, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2002.
Towards National Integration, by Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2001.
Traces of the Other, by Michael Barnes, Satya Nilayam, Publications, Chennai, 2000.


World Congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae Held in Burundi

The World Congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae was held at Bujumbura, Burundi in East Africa. The theme of the congress was “For a better Africa – what have we done, what are we doing and what we ought to do.” The place was chosen specially to focus on the needs of Africa. Burundi is a country of only 8 million and the capital – Bujumbura is situated on the lake Tanganyka.

Mr. Yves Sahinguvu, the Vice-President of Burundi, inaugurated the congress. In his inaugural address, he expressed that he was proud and happy that Jesuit Alumni/ae organized such a program in Burundi and promised his cooperation for the same.

Out of the total attendance of 173 delegates from 31 countries, 19 were from India. (Africa 85, Latin America 10, North America 4, South Asia 2, Indonesia 2, Europe 50 and Australia 1).

The Indian group, which was the largest, consisted of equal number of heads of institutions and alumni/ae. Institutions represented were St. Xavier's College – Kolkata, St. Xavier's Loyola Hall – Ahmedabad, Loyola School – Jamshedpur, St. Stanislaus School – Mumbai, St. Joseph's College – Darjeeling, and St. Xavier's School – Gayaganga.

St. Xavier's College, Kolkata was represented by a six-member delegation (Firdausul Hasan, Naresh Gupta, P.K. Mathur, Chamdan Roy Chowdhury and Debashish Moitra) led by Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, the president of the Alumni Association.

In keeping with the spirit of Nihil Ultra they actively took part in all the deliberations and activities at the Congress. The delegates from all over the globe noticed their presence. Our contribution and Father's address were greatly appreciated by all. It was indeed a matter of pride for us that the past secretary of the SXCCAA and the current Secretary of JAAI, Sri Naresh Gupta was elected as a member of the Governing Body of WUJA.

We were privileged to have the Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicholas for 2 days. His message to the participants was inspiring and thought provoking. He invited the associations to be more relevant in the world and sensitive to the needs of the people.
The Indian group has decided to be of assistance to the African associations in the following areas:

  1. Teaching English to students in Rwanda, Congo and Burundi.

  2. Exchange of students between two countries.

  3. Offer to upgrade teaching skills by making available seats in B.Ed. colleges.

  4. Offer a short-term medical team to diagnose and treat patients in countries like Rwanda and Burundi.

This calls for more support and cooperation from alumni members to reach out to the poor and the marginalized ones.
F. Hasan

Gen. Secretary, SXCCAA


Mails & Emails

Thank you very much for sharing the precious history of 150 years of St. Xavier's. I am so proud of being an ex-student of St. Xavier's College (passed out in 1995). A student like me from a small village of Purulia district of West Bengal had an opportunity to be part of such a rich history. I must acknowledge that one of the most important contributions of St Xavier's college is to provide opportunity to the rural poor and tribal students for their education.

I extend my whole hearted gratitude to the JESUITS for their commitment in establishing such a leading educational institution in India. Mahadev Hansda.

I have just received the Goethals News Bulletin for the January to March quarter 2009 in my capacity as the Hony. Consul of Finland in Eastern India. I would like to compliment the Editorial Board and all those who are involved in bringing out this bulletin. I have been a Xaverian from 1954 to 1966 right from Standard I till Graduation and did not know so many facts about this great Institution. I very clearly remember the centenary celebrations in 1960 but could not attend the functions relating to 150 years as I was unwell during those days.

SATISH KAPUR, Hony. Consul of Finland in Eastern India

The Goethals News, Jan-Mar 2009 issue is like dynamite, small in looks but large in contents. It is an encyclopedia of information on St. Xavier's 150 years. Great research and good compilation of facts and photos. Father, my opinion for you is - Seemar Majhe Ashim Tumi.

Naresh Gupta, Secretary, JAAI

It is a great relief to know that there is still hope to find the past in the Goethals Library for those searching for it. Thanks for this great service. God bless you.

Sr. Shaini P. Joseph (F.C.)

I enclose a copy of the book “The Enterprising Life of Dr Henry Backhaus” which was published recently.
You all did a lot of research for me in your library a few years ago and obtained much information for me on Dr Backhaus' period in Bengal. I hope that this book is of interest for your library.
Mal Nolan, Historian, Bendigo, Australia


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