Fatima Mata National College honours the name of Our Lady Of Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary seen in apparition at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The founder, Bishop Jerome Fernandez, an ardent devotee ...more
Fatima Mata National College honours the name of Our Lady Of Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary seen in apparition at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The founder, Bishop Jerome Fernandez, an ardent devotee of the Heavenly Mother, wished that every member of the Fatima community enjoy her maternal protection and care. His patriotic spirit also envisioned every Fatimite imbued with a genuine sense of service and sacrifice for the nation. Hence the name Fatima Mata National College.
Fatima Mata National College was founded in 1951 by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Jerome M. Fernandez, the first native Bishop of Quilon, with a view to providing facilities for higher education in the diocese. The college was formally inaugurated on the 29th of December, 1952 by His Eminence Norman Thomas Cardinal Gilory, Papal Legate to India. Fatima was elevated to the status of a first grade college with the introduction of degree courses in Commerce, Economics and Zoology. This was followed by introduction of courses in Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Physical resources were added in the form of Hostels, a sports pavilion, Chemistry block, an auditorium, playgrounds, an NCC office, hockey stadium, language lab, basket ball courts, a botany garden, computer labs and research centres.
Fatima Mata National College was established primarily to serve the economically backward minority community of Latin Catholics in the Diocese of Quilon. Yet the institution also keeps in mind its social responsibility, especially to other less fortunate brethren in society.
Fatima Mata National College :
Derives inspiration from the supreme example and teaching of Jesus Christ and accepts Mary, His Mother (in her apparition at Fatima, Portugal as Our Lady of Fatima) as its Heavenly Patroness. Affirms the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind, and considers the management, staff and students - past and present - members of one large extended family - the Fatima family.
Believes that every institution of higher learning should act as a catalyst of enlightenment and change, and become an instrument of social justice, by providing educational opportunities to all, especially to the less fortunate brethren.
The Founder - Fatima Mata National Colleg
Rt. Rev. Dr. Jerome M. Fernandez, the first native Bishop of Quilon, was the great visionary who founded the college for the educational upliftment of the Latin Catholics of the Diocese of Quilon. His Lordship believed that education was a means to enlightenment, social change and material prosperity. Thus, invoking the blessings of the heavenly patroness, our lady of Fatima, Bishop Jerome established Fatima Mata National College in 1951. Bishop Jerome was born on September 8, 1901 at Koivila, Kollam. In 1915, he joined St. Raphael's Minor Seminary, completed his high school studies in St. Aloysius School, and was enrolled in St. Teresa's Major Seminary, which was the western wing of what is now Fatima College. (The building was constructed by His Lordship, Archbishop Aloysius Maria Benziger, OCD, Bishop of Quilon, 1905-1931.) On completing his ecclesiastical studies, he was ordained priest on March 24, 1928 and was immediately appointed Professor of Latin and Theology in his Alma Mater; a recognition of his intelligence, dedication and hard-work during a period when there were very few Indian Professors in the seminaries of India.
When in 1936, Fr. Vincent Derere O.C.D., Professor at St. Teresa's Major - Seminary was appointed Bishop of Quilon, he chose Fr. Jerome as his Secretary. A year later when Bishop Derere was transferred to Trivandrum & the newly erected diocese bifurcated from Quilon. Fr. Jerome was consecrated the First Indian Bishop of Quilon, the oldest Diocese of India, established in 1329 by Pope John XXII. Just 36 years old then, he was the youngest Bishop in the world. During his reign of 41 long and fruitful years - from 1937 to 1978 - Bishop Jerome proved himself a man of indomitable courage and tremendous faith in God. The visionary in him built a chain of schools, colleges and other educational institutions. The special interest the Bishop took in the growth and development of Fatima College is worth mentioning. This college is, undoubtedly, the fruit of this dedicated and far-sighted prelate's selfless labour. Karmela Rani Training College at Kollam, Bharatha Matha I.T.I at Kottiyam and the Jyoti Nikethan Women's College at Kollam, sister institutions of Fatima, were founded in 1960, 1962 and 1973 respectively. The Benziger Hospital and the Nursing School are the other outstanding gifts of the Bishop to his flock. Bishop Jerome was a great defender of the rights of minorities, especially in the field of education. When efforts were made to nationalise educational institutions in the late 1940s by the Dewan of Travancore, Sir. C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer, and in the late 1950s by the Marxist Government in Kerala, Bishop Jerome was very much in the forefront of the battle against this move. In the socio-economic field, he established the Quilon Social Service Society, which has been quietly helping improve the lives of the people of this area since 1960. After a long and fruitful period of selfless service, Bishop Jerome handed over the reins of the administration of the diocese to his successor in 1978. Even during his retired life at St. Joseph’s Priests’ Home at Kottiyam, till three years before his death, (on February 26, 1992), he kept himself busy through the Charismatic Movement. May the life and spirit of the Founder of the college be a source of continuous inspiration for generations of Fatimites, as well as the teaching and non-teaching staff privileged to serve in this centre for higher education.
FATIMA MATA NATIONAL COLLEGE
Kollam – 691 001
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