Joel D’Souza sdb MUMBAI, OCTOBER 30, 2008: ‘Life Skills’ have clearly found their place in the Youth Ministry of the Mumbai Province. A few months back 20 Salesian priests from the province attended a Workshop in Life Skills training – now it was the turn of the young Salesians who are in practical training to go through a similar programme. A four day Workshop on this theme, from October 27 to 30, was conducted by Fr Isaac Arackaparambil at Provincial House, Matunga and it was attended by 18 Practical Trainees. The aim of the Workshop was to equip the participants with the necessary tools to effectively conduct sessions in Life Skills for youngsters. Besides inputs received, the participants also went through the practical experience of conducting these sessions which helped reinforce the learning. The entire Workshop was based on the UDAAN Life Skills programme. The feedback at the end of the Workshop was extremely positive. The participants felt that they had learnt something new and relevant, and that they would be able to use the same in their work with young people.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
C. M. Paul sdb ROME, OCTOBER 28, 2008: Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukail, Superior of St Mary’s Guwahati and provincial delegate to the FMA General Chapter was elected as Visiting Councillor on October 27 afternoon, just after 4.00 pm. She is the second Indian/Asian to be elected to the FMA General Council. Hailing from Kerala, she was born on May 20, 1952 and has been an FMA for 29 years. She was the first provincial of the Guwahati province from 2000-2006. Earlier she was also Novice Mistress for 6 years. Besides holding a degree in Education, she also has a degree in Salesian Spirituality (Rome). “As community animator and novice mistress I gathered that she was much esteemed and appreciated by her sisters and chosen several times as Delegate to the PCI Annual meeting. During my visit to the ING province I had the opportunity of closer and more frequent contacts with her. I saw her as a simple, open, respectful person, calm in her ways, very dedicated to her mission of animation and governance of the province and enthusiastic about the educative mission among the young, especially the poor” says Sr. Wilma De Souza of Mumbai, the first Indian Visiting Councillor.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Samir Macwan BARODA, OCTOBER 26, 2008: Don Bosco High School, Baroda had a week long Cultural Fest which culminated in the celebration of Diwali and Children’s Day. The entire school had a festive look with the decorations put up by the students. The Kindergarten children dramatized episodes from the Ramayan and distributed sweets to one another as part of the celebration. Students from the other classes staged songs and dances and presented gifts to their friends. The high point of the celebration was the special item put up by the teachers for the students. With the celebrations in the school over, the students are now enjoying their Diwali vacation.
Crescens Lemos sdb MATUNGA, OCTOBER 26, 2008: Day two of Uddan ’08 saw the energy, enthusiasm and excitement at this mega event soar to great heights! With well over two thousand youngsters filling the quadrangle of Don Bosco Matunga, the Mela lived up to its reputation of being one of Mumbai’s biggest annual events for street kids. The day also witnessed the release of the book ‘Children in Adult Garb’ by Fr. Barnabe D’Souza. The book was released by well known Member of Parliament Ms. Priya Dutt. She spent a good amount of time at the Mela, going around meeting the children and the organizers. Ms. Dutt was accompanied by another renowned parliamentarian, Mr. Eknath Gaikwad. Addressing the children Mr. Gaikwad told them to face life boldly and not to give up the struggle till they have achieved their dreams. Several other dignitaries dropped into the Mela at various times of the day. One such personality, who got the kids clapping and dancing, was the celebrated singer Shan of the “Sa Re Ga Ma” TV Show. The children too put up several dances and other cultural items. As the Mela closed and the youngsters slowly drifted out of the campus, the ‘Diwali glow’ was clearly visible on their faces. As Mumbai celebrates the ‘festival of lights’, Uddan has certainly done its bit to brighten up the lives and the future of the poor and marginalized boys living on the streets of this city.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
In the little conversation I managed to have with him he told me that he comes from an extremely poor family, their only sustenance being a small field. Due to his disability he could neither go to school nor work in the field. However, there was one job that his father had entrusted to him, that of driving away the monkeys and birds that destroyed their crops. Hence, from the time he was a little child he had sat in his field, bow and arrow in hand. It was this daily ‘practice’ that had made him an expert archer. When the Indian Olympic Committee begins putting together its team for the next Olympics it should look for champions in these unusual places!
Keeping in mind that 'Education to Livelihood' is one of the top priorities of our province, Don Bosco Alirajpur has also started a separate Skills Training Programme for the tribal youth from the neighbouring villages. The first batch of youngsters from various villages have joined the motor maintenance and driving programme. Skills training programmes that enhance the employability of the youth are of dire need in this region. Because of poor land conditions and low rainfall the tribals here are unable to sustain themselves only through agriculture. It may be recalled that because of these difficult conditions some villages have even made dacoity their profession. The skills training that Don Bosco is now offering will definitely help them take up better professions!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Amar Pathikond KURLA, OCTOBER 16, 2008: Under the banner of the Don Bosco Alumni Mumbai Provincial Federation, the Kurla Unit hosted a one day Seminar on Sunday October 12, on ‘Leadership, Social Harmony and Contemporary Challenges to Leadership’. 87 participants, including past pupils, teachers, professors and other professionals attended the seminar. Dr. Keith D’Souza, a person of great expertise and experience in the field of management and organizational development was the speaker for the day. The programme started at 10.00 am with a short prayer service, followed by a power-point presentation on the theme of ‘Togetherness’, after which Mr. Claver gave the welcome speech. Fr. Elias Diaz, Provincial Delegate, then gave a brief talk on the new committee and the Kurla Unit. Dr. Keith began the seminar reminding the participants that “we must become the change we want to see”. He then went on to a brainstorming session with various examples and exercises to help explain the aspects of Leadership. He presented the two types of leadership styles – Transformation and Transaction – and explained their meaning in great detail. With the help of a game called ‘Win as much as you can’, he further helped the participants understand leadership styles and also identify their own personal leadership style. All the participants were extremely impressed with the seminar and felt that they had gained much during the day. The programme came to a close with Mr. Ketan Gala, President of the Federation, proposing the vote of thanks.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Richard Burkhao sdb AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 15, 2008: Our Lady of Rosary Chapel, Jeur, celebrated its Second Annual Yatra on October 11, 2008. The celebration began with a procession from the old chapel to the new one, during which the people prayed the rosary and sang hymns to Our Blessed Mother. Fr. Prakash Raut and Fr. William Falcao were the celebrants at the solemn festive Eucharist. Fr. Prakash inspired the faithful with his soul stirring sermon. The Eucharist was followed by a simple dinner for all, after which the bhajan mandalies took over and sang bhajans right up till 2.00 am. The entire yatra finally concluded with the celebration of another Eucharist at 2.00 in the morning. Special thanks to the parish youth who were the main organizers of this memorable event.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Claudius Misquitta sdb BUDAPEST, OCTOBER 7, 2008: In the early hours of October 1, 2008, a ‘new son’ of India rose to embrace the land of the Blue Danube! Cl. Pradeep Dias arrived to a quiet but warm welcome from the Salesians of the Province of Hungary. The Provincial Fr. József Havasi and the Provincial elect Fr. Albert Van Hecke lovingly and joyously welcomed this young Salesian to his new homeland. His companions from India, Cl. Claudius Misquitta and Cl. Lytton Quadros, were overjoyed to be reunited with him in this distant country and to rekindle a friendship they had always cherished.
The Salesians and the people of Hungary took an instant liking to this cheerful and enthusiastic young Salesian as he introduced himself in Hungarian just four days after landing here. The road hereafter may not always be smooth and surely there will not be sunshine everyday, but we pray that the Lord may journey with our new missionary. Let your light shine - Pradeep!