CHRISTMAS 2003 AT ASSUMPTION UNIVERSITY
2003 was observed with just about the same spirit and gusto as in
the former years. The festivities began with the annual University
Awards, the birthday celebration of the President Emeritus and the
exchange of Christmas greetings. The three-in-one ceremony was held
for the first time ever at the ornate Chapel of St. Loius Marie de
Montfort, Bang Na. The President Rev. Brother Bancha Saenghiran stressed
that it was "excellence" that was being tested and marked
on the touchstones and those who were selected made extraordinary
efforts and recorded streaks of gold. The President Emeritus mentioned
his vision that the Assumption University awards should eventually
reach the standards and the reputation of the Nobel prizes.
VPs and senior officials at award ceremony.
At acocktail reception following the awards ceremony, in the foyer
of the John Xffl International Conference center, students from Hang
Dong University entertained the gathering with excellent choral renderings,
and dances from South Korea. Their presence at the Christmas 2003
celebrations was in the spirit of giving, sharing their culture with
students, staff and teachers of Assumption University, a sister institution
in this part of Southeast Asia.
The remainder of the Christmas festivities were observed at the Hua
Mak campus where the Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Bro.
Leochai Lavasut declared open at mid-day, the Christinas Fair at which
faculty, staff and students amused themselves around several of the
special kiosks, which tested both brain and brawn in their games.
Cash contributions from the activities and from various student clubs
constituted a donation to a school for underprivileged children.
On Christmas eve, the cocktail dinner reception hosted for University
Council members and special guests, the faculty and staff was well
attended. The Choir of the Chapel of the Annunciation gracioughy rendered
the all-time favorite Christmas carols, with flair and melody which
gripped the attention of the audience.
By nightfall, the glow and twinkle of the Christmas lights and candles
on campus grew brighter. At the King's court, Hua mak campus the student
festivities continued with creative bursts of song, dance and drama
till 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Christmas day, At 11:30 pm., the
Catholic faithful assembled at the Chapel of the Annunciation to celebrate
the Christmas Night mass led by Rev. Fr. Paul Trabucchi, the University
Chaplain and three international student priests.
As the university gates were closing at 2:00 am, Christmas Day had
arrived and the joy of giving, God's supreme giving, had entered the
hearts of all celebrants and there was the pervasive atmosphere of
peace, rest and reflective meditation: The general feeling was that
God blesses the giver and receiver alike.
Reported by A. Glen Chatelier.