Rev. Fr. Stephen Lourdu Pragasam, SJ,
St.Mary's Hr.Sec.School, Madurai.
St. Mary's Alumni Association, Madurai.
Placing the noble motto,” All for the greater glory of God”, the School has been striving for the student community of the marginalized and the downtrodden who are in the last rung of the society. Besides formal education the students here are taught multi-skills and life - coping skills to lead a meaningful life with ideal citizenship.
With the selfless service and the universal mission of the Jesuit Priests, The school was founded as an Informal school in 1854 with the motto, 'By light to life'. In 1904, it was upgraded with sixth standard and in 1908, it attained the status of High School with Government recognition.
In this context, beginning from this year 2017, The Alumni Association of St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Madurai, is proudly celebrating its PLATINUM JUBILEE Year of its inception in 1942.
It all began in 1942! Ever since, The Alumni Association has brought back many of the former students to their alma mater under the ambit of this association. More over it's always been an overwhelming experience to facilitate a- coming-back for the former students and help them meet their respective batches after decades. Interestingly, what began in 1942 continues to exist even today as we cross this 75th year in this 2017 and march towards future.
In Madurai city, during the Thirumalai Nayakar rule the Educational institution was founded by our great Jesuit Stalwart Robert De Nobili and it spread all over south Tamilnadu.
We are proud to say the St.Mary's Hr.sec.school has got an existence of 109 Years in 2018.
Our Education helps the people to create a new earth and new heaven in the midst of multi-cultural and multi-lingual atmosphere of Madurai city.
Jesuit education leads people to come together in its equality of today's context. Our Service is towards the greater glory of God.(A MDG-Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
We have been in our school, imparting not merely marks but more on human values in the young minds to create the students,'men and women for others' and mould them as creative citizens with the noble ideals of human dignity, universal brotherhood and Social equality.
Origin of the Alumni Association:
ST. MARY'S ALUMNI ASSOCIATION was founded in 1942 by Rev. Fr. X. M. Adaikalam SJ., who was the Headmaster-then, shaped and led under his able guidance. Now in 2017, this Alumni Association is Celebrating its 75th Year PLATINUM JUBILEE. To Link all the alumni of the school who have spread all over the globe with their elevated life of discipline shine in all walks of life make its alma mater proud and march ahead.
This alumni association is the brain-child and sister concern of St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Madurai, the rich land of cultural Heritage and of literary lineage bearing the mark of the Jesuit Charisma.
Vision and Mission :
Our Alumni Association is actively involved in functioning with the following Visions and mission:
To enhance the institution to the better phase and to lend the helping hand.
To facilitate the alma mater in infrastructure so as to create conducive climate for educational outcomes.
To cater to the needs of the poor students in helping them academically and offer guidance and counselling for the students in need.
To support the Students in shining in their own skills, shape and make them helping others.
To network and collaborate with other units like World Union of Jesuit Alumni Association (WUJAA),
Jesuit Alumni Association of India (JAAI), Jesuit Alumni Association of Tamil Nadu (JAAT).
Motto and logo:
“Let us blossom with relationships” as the motto, the platinum jubilee of the association is being celebrated this academic year with pomp and gaiety. To commemorate the platinum jubilee, these logo and motto were released which depict the spirit of the association.
The Directors who guided......
The Jesuits who have guided the alumni association with their able guidance and creative leadership:
Rev.Fr. X.M. Adaikalam.s.j
Rev.Fr. Antony Arockiam. s.j
Rev.Fr. S.M. John Kennedy. s.j
Rev.Fr. Kulandai. s.j
Rev.Fr. Arul Jeevan. s.j
Rev.Fr. Stephen Kulandai. s.j
Rev.Fr. K.S. Arulanantham. s.j
Rev.Fr. Kulandai Samy. s.j
Rev.Fr. Loyola. s.j
Rev.Fr. Henry Amirtharaj. s.j
Rev.Fr. Arockiaraj. s.j
Rev.Fr. P.Arockiasamy. s.j
Rev.Fr. Thomas Srinivasan. s.j
Rev.Fr. Stanislaus. s.j
Rev.Fr. S.Albert Joseph. s.j
Rev.Fr. Joe Lawrence. s.j
Rev.Fr. Yagoo. s.j
Rev.Fr. V.George. s.j
Rev.Fr. Stephen L Pragasam, s.j - Director Now
The Prestigious presidents:
The presidents who have led the alumni association since its inception to a newer heights.
Mr. Shanmuga Sundaram
Mr. Poorna Chandran
Mr. Joseph Fernando
Mr. L. Regis (Rtd. English Teacher)
Mr. N. Jegatheesan
Mr. N. Jegatheesan
The Alumni Association meticulously planned many programmes and executed many events meaningfully and successfully.
★ Ecumenical Prayer Centre.
★ Modern Computer class rooms.
★ Career Guidance for the 12th Students and their parents.
★ Closed circuit television Cameras.
★ Offering colour dresses for the poor students during Deepavali, Ramzan and Christmas Celebrations.
★ Subject-wise honouring the toppers with gold medals in 10th, 12th public exam. Till now 5 Medals have been given away to the students.
★ Free medical camps.
★ Organizing get-together of the 1964, 1974, 1996, 2000-2010 year batches in the campus.
★ Teachers' Day celebrations.
★ The State-level Basketball-cum-Volleyball, Football Tournaments.
Pageantry of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations:
To celebrate the platinum jubilee of the alumni association during 2017-18 various constructive programmes were organized. Rev.Fr.V.George s.j, the Director of the alumni association with his motivating spirit, strenuous efforts, ceaseless steps made elaborate arrangements and executed meticulously all the plans with his initiatives. So many alumni enrolled, took part and shared all their memories. Moreover, for the first time in the history of our association Rev.Fr.V.George, s.j collected a lot number of our alumni's addresses, documented and enlisted them through Email and internet.
Special programmes executed as part of the Platinum Jubilee:
★ Inagural Day (28-07-2017)
★ State level Floodlight– basket ball, volley ball and football tournaments (1,2,3-10-2017)
★ Fellowship Day (Food Festival - 28-10-2017)
★ Awareness rally on organ donation and Dengu fever (10-11-2017)
★ Union and concelebrated mass of the former students who are Priests and Brothers at present (Morning 20-01-2017)
★ Valedictory function and Release of the Platinum Jubilee Souvenir.(Evening 20-01-2017)
We envisage a newer heights in the years to come with some of the future plans:
★ Creating a Documentation Centre and an archive to house the electronic documents of the alumni.
★ Strengthening the alumni by organising the get -together batch-wise and cadre-wise.
★ Updating all the data containing the detailed info of the alumni.
★ Networking with WUJA – World Union of Jesuit Alumni, JAAI-Jesuit Alumni Association of India, JAAT-Jesuit Alumni Association of Tamilnadu and other like-minded alumni associations.
★ Organizing more meaningful programmes for the alma mater and for the students at present
★ Establishing and constituting a corpus fund for the poor and top scorers in school.
★ Career guidance to the parents and the students for the higher studies.
★ Long live the Alma Mater! The Successful journey will Continue!
Mr. N. Jegatheesan
St. Mary's Alumni Association, Madurai.
Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce, Madurai.
Yearly Programs of Our Alumni Association
Invitation to All of Our Alumni Association
TO HELP OUR STUDENTS ATTAIN THE PARAMOUNT IN -BEYOND QUALITY EDUCATION- PRECISION IN KNOWLEDGE, DETERMINATION IN SPIRIT, HUMANE-ATTITUDE, LOVE FOR NATURE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; AND THERETO TO FORM AN AUGUST PERSON WHO CALIBRATES OBSTACLES INTO STEPPING STONES AND PROSPECTS INTO POSSIBILITIES.