Patna, July 31, 2019: Archbishop William D’Souza SJ of Patna on July 31 urged the students of the Bihar Capital’s only Jesuit College of Management and Technology to imbibe right moral values as they strive to do well and excel in life.
“All of us want to succeed in life. We want to be achievers. But the success does not come with wealth or by climbing the career ladder. It rests on certain values and principles,” said the Jesuit prelate, who was the chief guest at a function organized by St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology in Patna, to celebrate the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, who founded of the Society of Jesus in 1554.
His Grace William D’Souza said after 54 years as a Jesuit, he considered himself a successful person as he had put to practice the five principles he had learnt from the life of St Ignatius of Loyola.
“The five principles to become successful are unlimited faith in God, believing that every human being is a good person, learning to be good rather than evil, take challenges as opportunities and value preciousness of time,” the archbishop explained.
Patna Women’s College Principal Sister Rashmi, the guest of honor, said that the founder of the Society of Jesus was one of the greatest saints of all time “who is dear to Jesuits and all those who admire him.”
The Apostolic Carmel nun in her speech said that the students of schools and colleges run by Jesuits gain learning that is beyond the curriculum. She urged the students to work towards creating a world filled with compassion. “Reach out to all those who have been left out,” she added.
The Society of Jesus runs more than 4,000 education institutions across the world.
The program began with lamp lighting and garlanding of the statue of St Ignatius of Loyola amidst a welcome song by the college choir and a prayer dance.
Members of the college theater and dance clubs presented a play based on the life of St Ignatius of Loyola.
A book, ‘Dalits’ Social Capital and Participation in Rural Governance: A study of Bihar,’ written by Jesuit Father Martin Poras, was released on the occasion.
Welcoming the guests, college principal Jesuit Father T Nishaant said the feast day life of St Ignatius of Loyola was a significant day in the life of Jesuits.