The celebration of 163rd year of Foundation of the SMA Society and the feast of the Immaculate Conception of mother Mary was an auspicious occasion for SMA Illam community, Karumathur. 

The Community was magnetically drawn to celebrate this memorable event. As preparation for it, the members were spiritually prepared by having Triduum (three days of prayer services) of our Founder, Melchior de Marion Bresillac.  During these days, the members meditated each day on the last precious words of our Founder: Faith, Hope and Charity. 

As the external preparation for this celebration, the seminarians decorated the chapel, corridor, refectory and the surrounding of our house.

On 8th December, Sunday, there was a solemn Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. Thiagu Rosario SMA was the chief celebrant for the Holy Mass. Fr. Adam Fernandez SMA came as a guest to witness this celebration. 

Fr. Robert, the Rector of our community delivered an inspiring homily which was based on the life and works of our Founder. He emphasized on ‘Incarnation and Mission’ and encouraged the members of the community to follow his footsteps.

After the celebration of the holy Eucharist, Fr. Adam had brought the second class relic of our Founder ( Ex-indumentis de Bresillac) which was given by the provincial of the Indian province Rev. Fr. Trinkson SMA. It was handed over to Fr. Ashok the administrator of the house. The relic was venerated by kissing it. Everyone was filled with joy because it was for the first time that the relic of the venerable Founder is received in our SMA Illam community.

Fr. Robert expressed his cordial gratitude to the priests for their benign presence and to us all for our efforts to bring this programme to success. Fr. Ashok also expressed thankfulness for the relic. 

We all joined for the festal lunch at 1:00 pm. We had basketball match among ourselves at 4:30 pm to mark this event. Hence, this celebration came to an end.