ABOUT DE PAUL
De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy is a centre for religious and priestly formation, run by the Vincentian Congregation. It aims at the human , intellectual, spiritual 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 Bengaluru. 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-Vincentian seminarians. Consequently, from the academic year 2004-05 onwards, the Institute has also anumber 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, Bengaluru. The students receive the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (B. Ph.) of the DVK. The students are also encouraged to have a simultaneous graduation in philosophy or any other subjects from Indira Gandhi National Open University or any other 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 theSuperior General, the General Finance Officer the Provincial Superiors and the resident staff of De Paul.
To inspire, challenge and equip those who are called to be evangelizers of the poor in this milieu according to the mind and heart of Jesus Christ the Saviour as understood and lived by St. Vincent De Paul keeping its Christian, Catholic and Vincentian identity. Hence De Paul is committed to following St. Vincent’s teachings, which emphasize respect for the individual, service to the needy, human solidarity and adherence to the belief that giving of one’s self helps make the world a better place.
To transform and mould women and men who could think and act together for the construction of a better society where there is more love, tolerance, compassion and mercy keeping in view the motto of the Institute : “Truth shall make you free”. (Jn. 8.32)
Very Rev.Fr.Thundaithikunnel-Sebstian (Superior General,Vincentian Congregation)
VERY REV.Fr.Kakkattupillil Mathew VC
(Provincial Superior,St.Joseph Province)
VERY REV.Fr.Puthussery Varghese VC (Provincial Superior,St.Thomas Province )
VERY REV.Fr.Kullumkal James VC
(Provincial Superior,Marymatha Province)
REV . FR . Moonnupeedikackal Antony VC
(General Councilor for Finance)