125 in 2010
Celebrating 125 years of existance
22nd January 2010 is a red letter day in the history of Saint Francis’ College for
it heralds the quasquicentennial (completion of 125 years) celebrations of this
premier institution pledged to the cause of academic excellence and scholastic achievement.
The inaugural programme comprised a wide gamut of events that were hosted in an
unprecedented atmosphere of festive fervour. The day aptly commenced with the Inter
Religious Prayer Service at 9 am. Leading luminaries of distinction, including Sh
Nirmal Singh Saini, Principal, Guru Govind Singh Sports College, Lucknow, Maulana
Khalid Rashid, Nayab Imam Idgah, Aishbagh, Swami Muktinathanandji, Adhyaksh Ram
Krishan Math Lucknow and the Brahm Kumaris graced the august occasion.
These eminent personalities presented a short reading from their respective holy
scriptures followed by a brief prayer, as a mark of obeisance to the Almighty. The
function was presided over by the Chief Guest Rt. Rev. Dr Gerald John Mathias. A
Con-celebrated High Mass was solemnised in his gracious presence. The holy congregation
also offered intercessory prayers for the well being of the institution, ex-principals
and teachers associated with this college. The ceremony also witnessed the distinguished
presence of reputed dignitaries, professionals and other renowned citizens of Lucknow.
The college choir led by Mr Derick Jackson sang special songs and hymns to commemorate
the completion of 125 years. The holy mass was followed by a special morning assembly.
The students of Saint Francis’ College pledged loyalty to their alma mater. This
was followed by the unfurling of the college flag, an enthusiastic presentation
of the college anthem and the crucial unveiling of the commemorative plaque by the
Chief Guest. Pigeons were let off to reiterate Francis’ commitment to noble cause
of peace. Colourful balloons lent a festive appeal to the celebratory occasion.
The Bishop gave an inspirational message during the auspicious function.
The principal of Saint Francis’ College, Rev Fr Vincent Pinto made an emotional
speech in obeisance of the institution. The students were delighted to receive refreshments
at the end of the program. The VIPs were served high tea in an atmosphere of festive
gaiety. The staff members were treated to a sumptuous lunch at the end of the inaugural
programme. The opening of the quasquicentennial celebrations most importantly involved
the issue of new monogrammed ties which all students of Saint Francis’ shall sport
year long as part of the grand celebration.