Kristu Jyoti College, the Studentate of Theology of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Bangalore, traces its origin to October 26, 1967. His Eminence Cardinal D.S. Lourdusamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, blessed the college building in the presence of Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ricceri SDB, the then Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, on February 24, 1968, thereby officially inaugurating the college. .
The college serves the different Salesian Provinces of India, as also students belonging to other Religious Orders and Congregations and dioceses. Kristu Jyoti College has been affiliated since 1981 to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Salesian University (Rome), conferring the Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (B.Th.).
The Church pays special attention to the formation of her ministers. Church directives require that priests undergo a minimum of four years devoted to an intense and specifically priestly formation. These directives are implemented at this college, with particular emphasis on the Salesian dimension.
A programme of Theological Formation involves far more than mere intellectual input, assimilation and reflection. Among other things, it calls for the formulation of projects of pastoral action involving practical strategies pertaining to processes, methods, verification and rectification, all in the light of the Gospel and the signs of the times. Read More ...
From the very outset, Kristu Jyoti College has been deeply involved in and committed to the uplift and welfare of the specific locality where it is situated, and of the city of Bangalore as a whole. This involvement and commitment assumed different thrusts in the concrete.
With a view to a more organised and articulated service to society, the Social Service Guild of Kristu Jyoti College (SSG) was constituted as a registered society on December 12, 1973.
It has been functioning ever since and grown from strength to strength. One red-letter day which marks the annals of this guild is the event familiarly styled: "Freedom at Midnight", when, on November 6, 1975, thanks to the intervention of the members of the Social Service Guild of Kristu Jyoti College, 40 families of bonded labourers in Chikka Basavanapura, (men, women and children), were set free. The SSG accompanied these families during the difficult journey from bondage to freedom, and helped them set up a Cooperative Society. Currently, the SSG is involved in ten of the villages neighbouring Kristu Jyoti College (Anandapura, Bhattarahalli, Chikka Basavanapura, Halehalli, Janata Colony, Jyoti Nagar, Kithaganur, Kithaganur Colony, Priyanka Nagar and Swatantara Nagar). Among the different programmes which the SSG has articulated in its response to the concrete challenges are: Scholarship Programme for the Children, Crèches, Tailoring Centres, the Formation of Self-Help Groups and Animation Programmes.
Young at Risk
At about the same time, the students of Kristu Jyoti College began their involvement in yet another sector, viz., the care of the marginalized youth (Youth at Risk), particularly street urchins, in the city of Bangalore. What began as a tentative, fledgling initiative in June 1979, grew by leaps and bounds and still figures prominently in the vision and involvement of Kristu Jyoti College. It is to the credit of Kristu Jyoti College that, even now, the youth workers in six important centres dedicated to the welfare of street urchins in Bangalore, viz., Bosco Mane, Bosco Yuvodaya, Bosco Yuvakendra, Bosco Sumanahalli, Bosco Yuvakara Grama and Bosco Nilaya, are practically all past pupils of Kristu Jyoti College.
Pastoral Involvement in Parishes
A third sector of the involvement of the students of Kristu Jyoti College concerns the service rendered in the different parishes of Bangalore. The students have been serving in 21 different parishes on a week-end basis, with a special focus on faith formation and youth animation. As a response to a new challenge, the students of Kristu Jyoti College have recently taken up the pastoral care of the migrant and professional students in our locality. It is the goal of Kristu Jyoti College to realize the formation of priests for India by integrating intellectual formation with spiritual growth and pastoral effectiveness.