Saturday, January 20, 2018

BIS#5296 SYMPOSIUM ON PRIVACY

by Cleric Ian Pinto

Eighty-five students from Divyadaan, the Salesian Institute of Philosophy in Nashik, attended a symposium at the institute on the topic 'Right to Privacy', which was organised by the first year Master of Philosophy students on January 13. 

The audience comprised of religious brothers and sisters from the nearby houses and convents. 'Right to Privacy' is slowly garnering interest at various levels across the country especially after the Supreme Court's verdict on Aadhaar. Father Christopher George sdb, delivered a concise and comprehensive background to privacy during the keynote address. He touched on the historical origins of privacy and traced its roots back over 200 years. 

From among the students, three speakers presented papers expounding and developing the concept of privacy. The first speaker, Cleric Ian Pinto sdb, established the foundation by clarifying the philosophical basis of privacy and briefly outlined its historical development in India. The second speaker, Cleric Felix Almeida sdb, enlightened the audience on the Supreme Court's verdict, while the third speaker, Cleric Prasanna Kumar sdb, brought out the positive and possible negative effects of the verdict.

"The symposium enlightened and educated me about so many issues that I did not know about," Molly Miranda, an audience member, said. Professor Kulkarni, added, "The topic chosen was pertinent and the issues presented and discussed are bound to have effects sooner or later on life in general." The symposium was a success and fulfilled its purpose of enlightening and challenging the audience to respond conscientiously to reality.  

Friday, January 19, 2018

BIS #5295 BLESSED BY THEIR PRESENCE (IMAGES TO FOLLOW)

by Father Bento D'Souza

KARJAT, JAN 19, 2018: Five newly ordained priests, Fathers Evangelo D'Souza, Ranson D'Souza, Anthony Patole, Renold Lemos and Velasli Bandya visited DBYS in Karjat to meet students at the institution on January 17.

The visit began with an interaction with 70 students at the various skill workshop classrooms, namely welding, electricians, Mahanagar gas-pipeline technologists and refrigeration and air-condition (RAC) apprentices.  
Father Monty Rodrigues, Director of the institute, welcomed the five priests and urged them to feel at home at the institute. A cultural programme was enacted to showcase the creation of man and woman as in book of Genesis in the holy Bible and the spiral of sin. Then the promise of the birth of the Messiah climaxed with the call of Jesus to the fishermen-disciples on the sea of Galilee, to be fishers of men. It was a drama dramatically done!

The event ended with the new priests blessing the youth by the laying of hands. Father Bento D'Souza sang the song, 'The call for more priests' on the tune of 'Once upon a time there was a tavern'. Father Renold Lemos then exhorted the youth in the audience to make use of the opportunities while they prepare themselves for the responsibilities of adulthood. The new priests then concelebrated Holy Mass with the community. Father Lemos was the officiating celebrant and shared his reflection on the readings of the day.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BIS #5294 MOVIES, MAGIC AND MOBILISATION


by Karen Laurie 

"The small thought in your mind could be the next big thing in the world. Challenge yourselves, the next big film will be made by me. The next big idea that will change the world, will be by me,” Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai, said to youngsters, as he inaugurated the the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India (DBYFFI) at Khalsa College in Mumbai. “Through this festival we provide a platform for your ideas. Constantly look within yourselves, find new ideas and pass the it to the world,” Father Silveira, added.



(L-R) Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb, Regional Delegate, Boscom South Asia, Mr. Sundeep Malani,  Actor, Director, Malani Talkies, Dr. Allan D'Souza, ice-Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Matunga, Chief Guest, Fr. Savio Silveira, Vice-Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai

DBYFFI aimed at promoting positive images of peace, hope and compassion among the young, will be screened at more than100 venues across 20 states in India on January 18-19. The annual festival will showcase 34 short films that have been meticulously selected by a panel of experts from among 900 submissions. The films focus on eco awareness, respect for parents and teachers, alcoholism, social media addiction, teenage problems, peer group pressure, social responsibility, sense of God, ethics of relationships, friendship, hard work, creativity and oppression amongst others.
 
“These short films help imbibe values that are not available through formal education. So we are very open to it.” Dr Allan D’Souza, Vice-Principal of Khalsa College, said. As the movies were played, the audience comprising over 500 students at the college auditorium were exposed to silent, animated, Indian and international films. 

Post each film, the festival organisers in collaboration with the college staff,  engaged the students in thought-provoking discussions. After the screening of ‘Never give up’, where a paraplegic is seen over-coming his disability through sheer grit and hard-work, the students were prodded, “When you ride your bikes rashly, do you think of the consequences of your action?”, “Make responsible choices, remember your family and your loved ones,” and “If something inadvertent were to happen, never give up. Hope in God, and you will rise.”

Masura Shaikh, a first year commerce student, was part of the audience. “This is a great way to inspire us and develop our mindset. From ‘Never give up’ I learnt, unless you take a step and move forward, you will never know what you can achieve.” 

For the young audience, this may not be have been their multiplex cinema experience but one under the supervision of their professors, in the formal setting of their college. Nonetheless, the students were seen laughing, clapping and even teary-eyed, as they identified with different scenes in the films. “It is a fun movie experience for us in college, coupled with learning,” Suman Kasurde, a first year accounting and finance student, said.  

“We have selected films to appeal to youth pan-India, whether rural, urban or tribal. The films should arouse the same emotions, among all audiences, irrespective of geography, language and culture. Not just the youth, the festival is also aimed at those directly influencing youth like parents and educators.” Sabrina Alathi from the DBYFFI jury, said. 

Titles like ‘Class of Rowdies’, which focuses on the plight of a young teacher who meets a class of rowdy students or ‘The Right Decision' a film that stresses on the values of education and hard work, will feature prominently among titles like, ‘Thank You Teacher’, ‘Teenage Love’, ‘Study Hard’, ‘A Cup of Positivity’’ and ‘Happiness’. The films are from countries like the US, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Singapore, South Africa, France, Germany, Malaysia, UAE and India

Boscom South Asia -the joint communication division of all the states of Don Bosco institutions in India - is organising the film festival, which is now in its third edition. “ We are targeting 8- 10 lakh viewers this year. Next year, we plan to take the festival globally, across 132 countries, where Don Bosco institutions work," Father Joaquim Fernandes, Regional Delegate of Boscom South Asia, said.

In Mumbai alone, the festival will being held at 20 venues. At the Don Bosco Matunga campus, the screening for marginalised youth, saw street boys from Don Bosco Shelter, evening and night study boys of Don Bosco High school and youth from the slums of Dharavi that the Don Bosco Development office works with, as part of the audience. The film-appreciation sessions were in Hindi, to maximise participation. Not pop-corn and fizzy drinks, but the youth were  treated to a sumptuous meal, post the marathon movie session. 
 
Innovative means have been adopted by organisers to garner maximum eyeballs. Away from the city, a travelling cinema is on the road in Jawhar in Maharashtra where the Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra is taking the festival to villages. A car armed with a  projector, is entertaining and educating villagers. In each cultural territory the movie will be discussed in their own language.

In Sindhudurg, on the borders of Maharashtra, local theatre artistes have come forward to promote the festival as a medium for positive change. Their presence has helped engage the audience in healthy dialogue. 

In the hilly terrain of the North-East of India, where couriering the films has posed a challenge to the organisers in the past, an organiser flew down with the films to one state, from where delegates of seven states collected it. The youth festival will now be held in the tribal belts and educational institutions across the region. 

Most Don Bosco run institutions like schools, colleges, oratories, parishes, coupled with government-run and secular educational institutions, are hosting the festival. Community centres, youth groups, villages and tribal regions are also benefiting from the positively- themed films. 

“Shorts films have an enormous potential. It is obviously, one of the easiest, modern, attractive, entertaining, cost-effective means through which we can communicate powerfully to the young people of India. Don Bosco is spearheading this unique annual feature pan India, as a guardian affirming the rights and duties of the young people towards the nation and the society,” Father Harris Pakkam, Patron of DBYFFI, said.


Monday, January 15, 2018

BIS #5293 JUBILANT JUBILARIANS OF THE BOMBAY PROVINCE

by Father Leon Rodrigues


MUMBAI, JAN 15, 2018: The Salesian province of Bombay gathered around its confreres, on January 13, as three priests celebrated 50 years of Religious Profession, three priests celebrated twenty-five years of Ordination and nine priests marked 25 years of Religious Profession.

Father Lawrence D'Souza, Father Nelson Carvalho and Father Orville Coutinho marked 50 year of Religious Profession. Father Crispino D'Souza, Father Tony Pinto and Father Cyril D'Souza celebrated 25 years since their Ordination. Father Anthony Fonseca, Father Anton D'Souza, Father Dominic Martis, Father Joaquim Fernandes, Father Vishwas Pereira, Father Lester Fernandes, Father Pravin Makwana, Father Sanjay Lopes and Father Valeria Pereira celebrated twenty-five years of Religious Profession.

The evening began with a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga presided by Father Carvalho. In his homily, Father D'Souza helped the confreres understand the 'why' of the celebration. He stated that the celebration was more than just a festive 'gala' where one just focussed on the exteriors. He said that all were called to remember the day, adding that all confreres are one family and belong to one another.

Father D'Souza reflected on the Gospel of the Wedding Feast of Cana, and reminded the jubilarians that they were called to have a tender devotion to our Blessed Mother and that they were also called to take time to 'make known Her Son' through the varied apostolates in the province. He helped the jubilarians to realise that they are nothing without the Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. He added, that the real celebration of the day was to rejoice at experiencing the love of God, the Father.



During the agape meal that followed the holy Eucharist, the jubilarians were felicitated with citations. Father Godfrey D'Souza, the Provincial, in his speech, made it known to the jubilarians that they are much loved and appreciated. He thanked them for being faith labourers in God's vineyard. He reminded them that it has always been the Lord who has nurtured, protected, guided and led them in their Salesian vocation. He asked them to continue rendering their wonderful service to the province. On behalf of the jubilarians, Father Lester Fernandes thanked the gathering for their love and appreciation. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

BIS #5292 PLAY FOR A CAUSE

By Brother Nelson Mudaliar

PUNE, JAN 11, 2018: Ten teams participated in the Bosco champs football tournament for the poor children organised by brothers of Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC), Pune on January 7.  Preparation for the tournament began in the month of November, with the distribution of forms and initial verification. Ten teams enrolled for the competition, beginning with the league stages on January 6 and 7.
  
The tournament began with a prayer service, garlanding of the statue of Don Bosco and lighting the lamp. Father Briston Britto, the vice rector of DBYC, highlighted the benefits of playing football, which included taking care of one’s physique and also learning to play in a team. The lamp was lit by Father Richard D’Silva and the captains of the various teams. The rules were then clearly explained and the tournament began with a kick off by Father Britto. 

The teams played with a competitive spirit and great enthusiasm. Many were new to the experience of playing on the football ground and they enjoyed it to the full. The spirit of support and encouragement could be seen on the faces and voices of all those who witnessed the matches. The final match was played between CV Boys and Bosco Juniors A. The former bagged the cup and the latter came as runners up. Dr Sohil Daswani was the chief guest for the tournament. He is a well-known dentist in Pune, a consultant at Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital. He had represented his school in handball at Pune district level. In his address to the boys, he urged the youth to enjoy games and to focus on studies as they grow.
  
At the end of the tournament, the best goalkeeper, best captain, rising star, most disciplined team, and the all rounder were given prizes. 

After the vote of thanks to the many sponsors from Pune and Mumbai, the winners, the runners up and the team that stood in the third place were felicitated. The boys and their supporting members left the campus with a joyous heart promising to come to DBYC regularly.

BIS #5291 CANCER AWARENESS CAMP


By Amarr Prabhu


MUMBAI, JAN 11, 2018: The Mumbai Provincial Federation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco in collaboration with the Kurla unit of Past Pupils organised a cancer awareness camp, conducted by the doctors of the Preventive Oncology department of Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, for staff and students of  St. Joseph’s ITI – Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla on January 5.

The programme began with a welcome talk by Father Cyril de Souza, the Unit Delegate of the Kurla Past Pupils, during which he not only appreciated the generous services offered by the Preventive Oncology Department of Tata Memorial Hospital, but also encouraged the students to respond willingly to their offer.

The main items of the function began with an awareness talk by Doctor D Fernandes on the harmful effects of the use of tobacco in any of its various forms. Then, some specific facts about the consumption of tobacco, as also the warning signs of oral cancer were communicated to the participants.

The session was attended by around 400 students of St. Joseph’s ITI. Thereafter, a cancer screening camp was held by the doctors during which time over 350 students were screened for signs of cancer or pre-cancer.

A brief counseling session was held for those who were in the habit of smoking and of consuming tobacco. A follow up will be done by the Preventive Oncology department for some of the students. Since the camp was successful and very helpful to the students, St. Joseph’s ITI intends to organise the cancer awareness talk and the screening camp on an ongoing basis.