WELCOME TO
'DAHAM SEVANA'
PROPAEDEUTIC SEMINARY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
(MONT EDEN)

– Since 1980 –

41 years ago Mont Eden was placed under the affectionate love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as the intermediate seminary.

For the past four decades, God has planned and guided generations of young men to discern will of God. We give praise and honour to our Lord, Master of the Harvest for this holy ground ‘Daham Sevana’

Cessate et cognoscite

OUR MISSION

"To facilitate a serious, genuine and contemplative pause in the journey of life, to be still and to know(Ps. 46,10), …whether the initial call of God once heard is actually taking root, in order to commit oneself to be configured to the Lord in earnest discipleship, in view of Priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church."

MESSAGE BY FR. RECTOR

Greetings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, to whose Most Sacred Heart our Seminary is consecrated! ‘Daham Sevana’(which literally means the Shade/House of Doctrine) is the only Diocesan Propaedeutic Seminary in Sri Lanka. This was established in 1980 when His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando of revered memory, was the Archbishop of Colombo.

Our motto is Cessate et Cognoscite (Be Still and Know…) from Psalm 46,10 because the seminarians who come here after their minor seminary formation spend quality time in a salubrious environment to discern seriously their calling to the priesthood. Our Anthem has this as its chorus and our crest mentions this line at the bottom. Our main door has this very clearly carved in timber, so that each time they pass through the door they are reminded about the purpose of their stay here.

We give priority to Spiritual and Human Formation, while laying solid foundations for the Intellectual and Pastoral aspects as well. Our program makes use of group dynamics; compelling the students to vibrantly interact with one another constantly, so that these activities help them to come truly face to face with the reality of their true selves. We dedicate a major part of our time table for well-planned spiritual inputs and activities, while allowing plenty of solitude and free time for them to pray personally and to reflect about the meaning of their vocation. Challenging their youthfulness and constantly evaluating what we do here, are key factors we adopt in our strategy of formation. The seminarians respond joyfully and are eager to await many surprising activities we plan.

Formation today needs to take into consideration the new reality of uncertainty. Not much can be planned due to pandemics and environmental crises, together with the deteriorating economies and cultural values in many parts of the world. The new normal will be the new pastoral context within which the shepherds will have to go in search of the lost sheep.

At a time when sons and daughters are but scarce in families, the Lord is inviting young people to respond despite the dearth. Like the widow of Zarephath and the widow who put all she had in the Temple till, we are now challenged to give whatever we have been preserving for our sustenance and existence. Through Elijah the Lord ensures that the jar of meal will never see its bottom and the cruse of oil will never ran dry. The Lord Jesus promised Peter and the disciples rich rewards for having renounced everything; their homes and families and property. Now is the time to renounce much so that the harvest may have sufficient labourers. Welcome to be a part of our life and mission!

Rev. Fr. P. Cecil Joy Evangelist Perera
Rector
Daham Sevana, Propaedeutic Seminary of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

PRAYER REQUESTS

WE ARE READY TO ACCOMPANY YOU IN PRAYER TO HELP YOU EXPERIENCE THE LOVE, CARE & PROTECTION OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY DURING DIFFICULT TIMES IN LIFE.

THE STORY OF DAHAM SEVANA


“Daham Sevana” Propaedeutic Seminary of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a place that captures the essence of God’s beauty, serenity and Divinity. Surrounded by luscious green, situated on a hillock beside the beautiful and calm waters of river Kalu, it has been the haven for many seminarians, over the past two decades, who earnestly sought to comprehend the will of God for them, through a serious process of guided discernment and spiritual growth.

SEMINARY ANTHEM

Chorus:

            Cessate, Cognoscite // Be ye still, and know I’m God

            Cessate, Cognoscite

Verses:

  1. The world is like a busy bee hive, where where rest is hardly found

            Come with me to solitude

            Come, rest, be refreshed, know the path, which I have planned for you                                                                                                                     

       2. The Sacred Heart what bids the weary come, and the burdened ones alike

           My yoke is easy burden light

           Come, rest, be refreshed, know the path, which I have planned for you

       3. Joseph Vaz the hero saint; Apostle of this land

           Sets a model for your future

           Come, rest, be refreshed, know the path, which I have planned for you

       4. Daham Sevana is our hallowed home, we left our boats behind

          Discern we here the will of God

          Pray and work to step beyond with Mary at her school of Calvary