- On January 30, 2020
“May St.Thomas inspire you young people in your life journey”
So said the Most Rev.Dr. Maxwell Silva the Auxilary Bishop of Colombo at the festive mass of the patronal feast day of Aquinas College of Higher Studies. The day commenced with welcoming His Lordship Maxwell Silva by Rev.Fr.Dr.Susith Mark Lal Silva the vice-chancellor of Aquinas together with his team of priests, the members of academic and non-academic staff with the students.
The solemn Eucharistic concelebration started with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the respective members of the staff. The holy mass started with the singing by the sisters of the sister formation group. All the Fathers of the staff joined in the concelebration.
Bishop Maxwell Silva Addressing the congregation said, “Today you Celebrate the patronal feast of the college, St. Thomas Aquinas. He is known as Angelic Doctor and prince of catholic Theologians. He was a well-renowned teacher. He started to teach with such lucidity, Accuracy, and inspiration, that his young students were attracted by the thousands. In his relatively short life, he is known to have composed a huge amount of works. Far surpassing everything else his great achievement “Summa Theologica” a summary of Christian philosophy and theology stands to be a shining monument. He had a great affection for students. Further, he said you need to know that this college of higher studies is named after this great scholar. So that you will be inspired by his way of life. You are very fortunate to reserve a seat in this prestigious institution. So try your best to climb higher and higher in your pursuits. Always try to shine as a radiant personality wherever you are. May St.Thomas inspire you all in your life journey”.
After the holy mass, there was a colourfull procession carrying the statue of St.thomas Aquinas on the shoulders of a vibrant group of young people. After the procession, all who gathered were blessed by the holy relic of the saint. With that, the day’s programme was concluded by singing the college anthem and the national anthem. Thereafter distribution of refreshments to all who gathered was severed.