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De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy

De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy is an institute of religious and priestly formation, run by the Vincentian Congregation. It aims at the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation of seminarians.

The General Synaxis of the Vincentian Congregation held in 1988 decided that the philosophical formation of the seminarians of its different provinces should be done in common. As a result, on June 15, 1993, De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy was started, temporarily attached to the Vincentian Generalate at Edappally in Kerala. Two years later, on June 24, 1995, the Institute was shifted to its present location in Bangalore. Ever since its inception, the Institute has been steadily growing in the number of students and staff as well as in other facilities. In response to requests from various quarters, the Governing Body of the Institute decided in 2003 to make the facilities of the De Paul Institute available also to the non-Vincehtian seminarians. Consequently, from the academic year 2004-05 onwards, the Institute has also a number of non-Vincentian seminarians.

The three-year programme offered by the Institute integrates philosophical, linguistic, sociological, biblical, spiritual and Vincentian studies in the curriculum. The Institute is affiliated to the Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram: Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon law, Bangalore. The students receive the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (B. Ph.) of the DVK. The students are also encouraged to have a simultaneous grad4ation in philosophy and social sciences from Bangalore University.

The Governing Body under the Chairmanship of the Superior General of the Vincentian Congregation is in charge of the general administration of the Institute. It consists of the Superior General, the Provincial Superiors and the resident staff of De Paul.

The Crest

Humans, ordained to hold the consciousness of the universe, began asking questions about themselves and everything around them. Thus the perennial quest for truth began and it still continues as a struggle to liberate humans from the various fetters that bind them from the attainment of true Wisdom. De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy as a centre of learning aims at accompanying anyone with a daring and resolute mind, on this challenging and arduous endeavour of pursuing Truth. The motto of the Institute, satyena mukti, is inspired by the emphatic declaration of Jesus that "truth shall make you free" (John 8.32). In the emblem the lotus flower at the base points to the rootedness of the Institute in the rich cultural and religious traditions of India. The chained pair of hands which are raised represents humankind that struggles to attain total liberation and the broken chain reminds us that truth liberates from all kinds of fetters. The open hands are depicted as the wings of the dove - a symbolic representation of the opening words of the encyclical Fides et Ratio (1998) that "Faith and Reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth". The opened book, the cross and the dove symbolize the eternal Logos - God the Father, the cross of Jesus the wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit that gently and constantly inspires and challenges the humans to seek the fullness of Truth, God Himself.

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02 Aluva St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary Mangalapuzha Aluva 683 103, Kerala Tel : 0484-2606745
03. Bangalore De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy Kumbalagode P.O. Bangalore 560 074 Karnataka Tel : 080-28437318 , 28437715 080-28437104 , 28437105 Cell : 09880181811
04. Bangalore Dharmaram College Bangalore 560029 Karnataka Tel : 080 - 51116444, 51116402
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