The one of the last of the Belgian Jesuit Priests, who came to India and to St. Xavier's Kolkata, during 1940s, Rev. Fr. L. Hinq, SJ, was the first Professor-in-Charge of the Higher Secondary Unit of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, when Class 11 & 12 of WB HS Council came under St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in 1976. He also served in St. Xavier's School, Kolkata and Bardhaman, among other institutions.
A strict disciplinarian but amiable, if convinced, the students were really afraid of his penetrating look over his bifocal spects with his blue eyes. He was the first point of contact of many of us who started the journy as Xaverian in St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in Class XI. He maintained a separate Text Book Library for the students, who could not afford to buy text books. Generally did not speak in Bangla so that a huge number of students, who came from Bengali medium schools, could pick up conversational English fast but was very much fond of Bengali Culture as he was always found in the front row of the auditorium in all such cultural programmes, where his HS Unit's boys took part. He taught English in Class XI and XII with his baritone voice. While teaching the rapid reader Rising of the Moon, his tacit support to the Irish Revolution might have come from his personal experience of World War I as a Belgian.
His companions, who also came from Belgium around his time and were legendary priests and served St. Xavier's, Kolkata like Rev. Fr. Albert Huart, SJ, Rev. Fr. Gerard Beckers, SJ, Rev. Fr. Christio Mignon, SJ, Rev. Fr. Adrien Wavreil, SJ, Rev. Fr. Andre Bruylants, SJ, Rev. Fr Camille. Bouche, SJ, Rev. Fr. Jacques de Bonhome, SJ, Rev. Fr. Albert Wautier, SJ, Rev. Fr. Paul Dautienne, SJ, Rev. Fr. Mathew Shillings, SJ, Rev. Fr. Paul Joris, SJ, and many others have gone for rest earlier. He was one of the last of the lot. Though he preferred to go back to Belgium but these few words of remembrance are with gratitude that his students have not forgotten him and will remain ever grateful to him and his companions for their selfless service to the mankind. RIP Fr. L. Hinq, SJ.
As you all know that the entire world is now fighting out the threat of the deadly Novel Coronavirus and most places are under lockdown.
To tackle the emergency situation due to COVID-19 outbreak, the State Government under the able leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has constituted the "West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund".
With the long tradition of St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) Kolkata, it is our moral duty and responsibility to respond at such crisis situation and testing times. Hence, I appeal to all Alumni/ae to contribute generously whatever best each of us can.
This is a small stride from our part to support our State Government in combating this pandemic called Novel Coronavirus. I hope all the Alumni/ae members will respond positively and uphold and strengthen the legacy of St. Xavier's through their contributions. Kindly note that the staff members of the College have voluntarily started contributing through their own ways - we wish to aggregate all such contributions under the single umbrella of St. Xavier's and handover the same to the WB Government.
All the Alumni/ae members may contribute online instantly by clicking on the "Contribute" button of this page https://alumni.sxccaa.net/donation/129
or to SXCCAA Bank Account by NEFT/RTGS , the details are as follows
Account Name: St. Xavier's College (Calcutta) Alumni Association
Bank Name: Syndicate Bank
Branch: Park Street, Kolkata
IFSC code: SYNB0009585
Account No: 95852010003025
at the earliest. In case of electronic fund transfer, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Journal No. or transaction details. In case anyone not able to access the facility of electronic fund transfer now due to any technical reasons, he/she can reply back over email with an Expression of Interest along with the amount of contribution which is intended to be donated for this noble cause.
Kindly note that such contributions will qualify for Income Tax Relief u/s 80G of IT Act.
Fathers at St. Xavier's are constantly praying for the safety of you and your family members and the entire world.
May God bless all of you.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio S.J.
President, St Xavier's College (Calcutta) Alumni Association
Principal, St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) Kolkata
Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ, Principal & Rector, St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) Kolkata & President, SXCCAA, has been awarded with 'Excellence in Education and Philanthropy Award' by The Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry at a ceremony held on 14th April, 2018, at Science City Auditorium.