Friday, July 31, 2009
TOP 3 Salesians:
Total News : 5671.
MATTHEWS Dominic 1542.
PAKKAM Harris 933.
PANACKEL Charles 91
Province : Mumbai:
Total News : 421
1. Darryl D`Souza 273
2. Joy Fernandes 78
3. Savio Silveira 55
Province : Hyderabad:
Total News : 271
1. Vincent Castilino 131
2. John Tharakan 52
3. Lakkisetti Praveen 43
Province : Kolkata:
Total News : 241
1. Paul Cheruthottupuram 101
2. EARATHARA Antony 98
3. George Thadathil 28
Province : Bangalore: Total News : 220
1. BREADS 97
2. Bastin Nellissery 33
3. Raji Jacob 24
Province : Guwahati:
Total News : 210
1. Dianetious Fernandez 70
2. George PLATHOTTAM 28
3. Maria Arul Anthuvan 22
Province : New Delhi:
Total News : 187
1. KUMPILUVELIL Louis 105
2. Noble George 42
3. Anjilikuzhiyil Thomas 27
Province : Dimapur:
Total News : 149
1. Tarcisius Toppo 74
2. Pottenplackal Sony 66
3. DEVASSY PALATTY 5
Province : Tiruchy:
Total News : 106
1. Mariasusai Arockia Raj 52
2. Herbert Amos Gandhi 15
3. Jayaseelan 12
Province : Konkan:
Total News : 99
1. Edwin baracho 46
2. Ralin De Souza 37
3. Renvick Pereira 4
Province : Columbu:
Total News : 19
1. Paul Cheruthottupuram 14
2. shiran karawgodage 4
3. Bro.Gabriel Garniga 1
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MADRID, JULY 31, 2009: The logo for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid was presented on July 30, 2009. The image reflects youth of the world beneath the cross, united to form the crown of Our Lady, patron of Madrid. The upcoming World Youth Day is scheduled for August 16-21, 2011.
The logo designer, José Gil-Nogués, explained that the image symbolizes "youth of the whole world united to celebrate their faith together with the Pope, at the foot of the cross, and they form the crown of Our Lady of Almudena, patron of Madrid." The crown, Gil-Nogués added, forms the "M" of Mary and of Madrid. And the cross, symbol of Christianity, presides over the event.
The message of the logo, the designer continued, is "a catechesis, an opportunity for evangelization: The quick and sure path to reach Christ is the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of mankind. In Mary's faith, youth have the example and model for reaching Christ and fulfilling the primary goal of World Youth Day: to bring their message to the world."
"The logo has a firm and spontaneous stroke," Gil-Nogués suggested, "like youth of the 21st century. It is close, friendly, open, joyful, carefree and positive".
"The use of a palette of warm colors -- red, orange and yellow -- transmits unmistakable warmth and friendliness, symbols of the identity of a city like Madrid, a nation like Spain. These colors also reflect the 'divine warmth' of Trinitarian Love."
The logo was selected after a competition among professional graphic designers.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
MUMBAI, JULY 30, 2009: ‘Values for the Yatra’ the first issue of the official e- letter of the Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (AVEC) for the month of August 2009 was successfully launched on July 29, 2009. What was born as an idea by Fr. Glenford Lowe in early July is now a full fledged e-letter which will be sent to all ABE schools, 159 in numbers.
Values for the Yatra is an initiative of the AVEC team to promote, animate and bring together stakeholders in the Value Education Program in schools, colleges and other educational institutes in the Archdiocese of Bombay. This e- letter is meant to reach out to all the Value Education Teachers, students, parents, and past-pupils. It not only includes resource material for teachers but also competitions for students. The August issue is in line with the Independence Day theme and also provides food for thought for teachers and students alike. It will be published every month, each month bringing in more value- enriched material.
Among the many first responses that AVEC received Fr. Bernard Britto is quoted to have said, “The lay out and contents are colorful, informative and useful. It has news, sessions, stories, history. I’m sure the next issue will have news bits, poems, experiences and information written by youngster’s teachers of other schools.” The AVEC team is open to feedback and suggestions. Kudos to Fr. Glenford and his team, who aim to be together with schools on the ‘valued path’!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
NARUKOT, JULY 29, 2009: Don Bosco, Narukot organized a Youth Leadership Training Programme at Don Bosco Campus on July 26, 2009. Eighty-Two Youth from different villages participated in this programme. Prof. Dr. Roman Bhatiya, who has been providing training in rural development for the last 22 years, was the resource person for the day. Drawing from his long and rich experience in this field, he shared several interesting ideas with the youth. By doing so he targeted on improving the leadership skills of the trainees.
During the training programme, games and group discussions were held which primarily focused on training aims, village issues and how those issues can be sorted out. The participants were motivated to lead actions to solve village problems of drinking water, road development, employment, education, health and electricity among other problems. Dr. Bhatiya also focused on different government schemes, rural acts and their rights for village development. The session was brought to a close by the screening of a film on the Gramsabha and National Rural Employment Guaranty Act. After the session by Dr. Roman Bhatiya, Fr. Stanny Ferreira enlightened the youth on issues connected to the Panchayati Raj. He focused on the role that the youth should play in these organs of local self governance and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
VIRAR, JULY 29, 2009: Parents’ Day was celebrated in the Resurrection Parish, Virar (E) on July 25, 2009. The celebration commenced with the Holy Eucharist, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Blany Pinto, our Parish Priest. The theme, beautifully portrayed on the backdrops at the altar and in the Parish Hall, and running through the Liturgy, highlighted the important role parents play in the life of their children. Red and yellow roses, each with a white ribbon twirled around it, were presented by each child to their parents. This tradition, followed faithfully in our parish each year, is one that is deeply cherished by parents and children alike.
The entertainment programme began with a brilliantly choreographed musical entitled ‘Noah’s Ark’, the music score being composed by one of our parishioners. The accompanying light and sound effect only enhanced the superb performance by the children. A lively dance number followed which concluded with the word, “Ma and Pa We LOVE You” prominently displayed by the children.
Fr. Gregory D’Cunha, Priest-in-Charge of Jyoti Church, was the Chief Guest and through well narrated anecdotes, he drove home the message that parents should mould their children in the ability to make the right choices, for every wrong choice made entails a consequence. Sr. Sushma, Principal of Carmel School, Nandakhal, was the Guest of Honour and she gave away the souvenirs to altar servers for good performance.
A twenty -minute audio – visual show, put together by Fr. Edwin Colaco and his team, captured the major events of the Parish since last June. The witty captions and candid camera shots held the audience in rapt attention. Thanks to Fr. Blany and Fr. Edwin, who ensure the success of every event in the parish.
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AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 29, 2009: Bishop Lloyd colony is one of the parish zones in St. Anne's parish, Ahmednagar in which comfortable houses are built for Christians on Church Land. During the first visit of Fr. Ben entrusted to the care of the families, it was found that the woman sit at home with nothing to keep busy about, so it was decided to hold a meeting on the July 28 to see the possibility of training the women in starting a community radio project.
25 women took part in the meeting. Mr. Anil Wakde from Bableshwar Community Radio Station, a paid scriptwriter there conducted the session. The focus of the meeting was when he challenged the group with a simple question: Do you need a community radio just as you need a sari, a pair of spectacles or some vegetable to cook? After which a film: Our Work Our Life about the sewa women of Gujarat was screened for the participants. They also came forward to share their “sukh-dukh" story, which is the content for radio productions. The women expressed satisfaction for the 2 hour long presentation and decided to get trained on August 16 in the techniques of Radio Production. The meeting began with a prayer, a welcome and a bouquet of flowers from the garden, and ended with a vote of thanks for the time spent by the trainer in their midst.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 28, 2009: During the single mass of the day, at 10.00 a.m. on July 26, 2009, the community of St Anne’s parish, Ahmednagar gathered together to celebrate the feast of its Patron, St Anne. Fr Joe Gonsalves from Vasai was the chief celebrant and preached a homily relevant to the lives of the people. During the Mass, the couples of the Parish exchanged wedding vows and renewed their commitment to each other. The church was filled to capacity and the singing by the children directed by Ms. Ida gave expression to the festive mood prevalent on the occasion.
After the celebration of the Eucharist, snacks were distributed. A cultural celebration followed. Sacred Heart convent boarders performed a dance and the children sang action songs. A housie was conducted by Bro Rickson Nigrel. The students who performed well in their Xth and XIIth standard examinations were awarded and felicitated by the parish. The whole idea of granting cash awards to those who performed well was given by the laypeople as well as the sponsored donations gifted to them. The clergy and religious sisters of the area were invited to an agape meal.
The build up to the feast took place in the form of a triduum. On the first day, the students and teachers of the parish animated the Liturgy. On the second day, the DB community college, the Patpedi and the Small Christian Communities took the initiative in animating the celebration of the Mass. On the final day, the mass of the sick began with the blessing of the sick and prayer for healing. Congrats to the Parish Priest, Fr. Anton D’Souza for smoothly guiding the people of God into another moment of Grace, the parish festival of freedom.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
BORIVLI, JULY 25, 2009: The week gone by has given the children at Don Bosco, Borivli, pre primary and primary sections a bout of creativity. The week saw the children of STDs I – IV taking part in the Face Mask Making competition. There were three winners and three consolation prize winners from each division. Enthusiastic children came up with varied ideas to create face masks.
Today July 25, 2009, was kept aside for Open Day by the section. Classrooms were decorated by the class teachers with the children’s photographs. Parents discussed about the performance of the child and answer papers of the First Unit Test were shown. And last but definitely not the least, Remedial Learning takes place for slow learners on a daily basis. All these activities give the students an opportunity to showcase their talents and gives the teachers a chance to be better facilitators.
NARUKOT, JULY 25, 2009: Don Bosco, Narukot organized the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) ‘Workshop and Sharing of Experiences’ at the campus on July 16, 2009. Thirty-four Village Education Programme (VEP) masters, from different villages of Narukot and from Lok Seva Kendra – Chhota Udepur, Kawant Education Society – Kawant, Alirajpur Shaikshanik Samajik Kendra –Alirajpur, Amrut Dhara –Kapadvaj, and Narukot Education Society- Narukot centres of development department representatives, participated in this programme. Advocate Mr. Himanshu Benker (Chief Secretary of Gramin Majdur Sabha- Gujarat), who has been working for Legal Rights of Rural Labourers and Rural Development for the last 16 years, was the resource person for the day.
Drawing from his long and rich experience in this field, he explained to rural youth the rights and provisions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act -2005. He shared his own practical work experiences with regard to the NREGS, interesting ideas and methods with the trainees. He then focused on the awareness of villagers, building competencies for the rights of the people. Further, he also gave answers and details of NREGA‘s legal and practical problems. ‘Bandhi Lo Sahu Ked’- a film on the issue of the NREGS was screened for the trainees. After this session Fr. Stanny Ferreira sdb, encouraged and motivated the trainees to start an NREGA movement in the area. The next Leadership Training Programme will be organized on July 26, 2009. The resource person invited will be Prof. Dr. Roman Bhatia from Surat to further strengthen the cause.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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NAIGAON, JULY 22, 2009: And they came on the morning of July 16, 2009: the old, the seniors, the devout, the very young in the arms, and the nuns to the ruins of small petite walls of the church that began but was never completed. A team of school children along with Fr. Bonnie Borges streamed in the company of occasional rain drops, and to add to the solemnity of the occasion. Fr. Michael Fernandes our Provincial blessed the site with showers of blessing spiced with few beautifully clipped words. He hoped that building the Lords house would and should be as soon as possible. It is a promise to be fulfilled and a task that should have been accomplished years ago. This endeavor requires a positive collaboration of all the parishioners .He hoped that the dream may be a reality soon.
THE BIRTHDAY OF FR. BONNIE BORGES
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NAIGAON, JULY 22, 2009: The silence, the somber quiet, the serenity of the night of July 15, and the sacred space was shattered as Salesian knights trooped in the rain threatened sky, uncertain of what they would meet, when they came to greet. It was the occasion of the birthday of Fr Bonnie Borges. A birthday, which will be remembered by him for a long time. Years have gone by and the sower of Salesianal seeds of youthful work is now reaping a fine harvest of a finely tuned institution. DON BOSCO, Naigaon even in the dark it seemed shinning and even in the silence it spoke volumes of praise, admiration and appreciation. This is why Salesians came from EAST (Pune), WEST (Mumbai), NORTH (Kuwait) and from SOUTH (Virar) in numbers never before. We celebrated a significant day, "A day when we looked in the eye of joy of a Salesian".
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2009: The Second Diocesan Youth Day was celebrated on 19 July, 20009 at Holy Name Hall, Fort and it turned out to be a whooping success. The theme chosen was Peace & Harmony. The Archdiocesan Youth Commission was the organizers for the day led by the Youth Director Fr. Anthony Fernandes and his dynamic assistant Fr. Walter D’Souza.
Present were 350 strong youngsters – youth leaders and representatives from the various parishes and youth movements operating in the Archdiocese of Mumbai.
The day began with registrations and snacks. Many a youngster was seen scribbling a message on the Peace and Harmony flex banner. The Torch Bearers for Christ, Malad Unit led the youngsters into Praise and Worship and made the place rock!!! This was followed by the Sophia College organizing the Ice-Breaker Session.
Fr. Brian Moras, representing DBYS, then gave an interactive session on the theme of the Day; exhorting the youngsters to realize that peace begins with each one. As John Paul II of happy memory strongly exhorted “Peace must first permeate him who wishes to bring peace. Peace is first and foremost personal, before it is social”. A beautiful video entitled “Make me an instrument of your peace” prepared by Fr. Glenford Lowe, enriched the session.
The highpoint of the day was the Q/A session with the Cardinal. His Eminence was welcomed with a standing ovation and thunderous applause. The Cardinal answered the questions put forward by the youngsters on faith, and topics of confusion and intrigue. Article 377 figured prominently as also the confusion with contraception, abortion, boring liturgies and the declining numbers in Youth Groups. The Cardinal challenged the youngsters to be dynamic leaders of today, competent and faith-filled.
When asked what was his vision for the youngsters in the next 10 years? He began by saying, “I hope some of you will be priests (applause), a few nuns (subdued applause), and the need to get into active politics and civil life……”
Beautiful Black T-Shirts on the theme Uth for Peace & Harmony were presented to the Leaders of the various groups and Parishes.
Interestingly the event ended with the Angelus in the Holy Name Cathedral.
The first DYD was celebrated last year at Salvation Church, Church to coincide with the World Youth Day at Sydney and it turned out to be a thrilling experience hence the urge to make this event an annual feature
MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2009: The Annual General Meeting of the Mumbai Provincial Federation of Don Bosco Past Pupils was held at Audio Visual Hall of the Provincial House on July 19, 2009, at 6.30 pm. The meeting began with a prayer service conducted by Don Bosco – Kurla Unit, comprising of a bhajan, the past pupils prayer and a soothing audio visual song- Make us an instrument of peace.
Thereafter the Chief Guest, Vice Provincial - Rev Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Past Pupils Provincial Delegate- Fr. Elias Dias, Fr. Wilfred D’souza and Sr. Santanna were welcomed with floral tributes.
The secretary of the Mumbai Provincial Federation, Mr. Kailash Parekh read the annual report which spelt out the various activities undertaken by the Mumbai Federation during the period April 2008- July 2009. The Annual reports of each unit were read by the individual unit secretaries in detail.
Sister Santanna in her address informed the members that this year was dedicated to the Salesian Family. Requesting the past pupils to spread the Salesian ways of Cheerfulness and Honesty, she called for a closer working environment between the SDB and the FMA past pupils, where common activities could be undertaken. She thanked the Past pupils for inviting the FMA for the AGM and in turn invited the past pupils for THE FMA’s AGM to be held at Panjim- Goa on August 31, 2009. The Treasurer, Mr. Joseph, read the statement of accounts of Mumbai Provincial Federation for the period of April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. The Chief Guest Rev Fr. Ajoy commended the past pupils for the various activities undertaken by them. He summarized the contents of the reports of the various units as under:
a) The past pupils reflected tremendous love for Don Bosco.
b) A systematic connection of the association from unit, to province, to national to international levels.
c) The feeling of joy to be with each other.
d) Believing in the growth of individuals and the unit through retreats, recollections and leadership camps.
e) Out reach programmes organized within the school and the world outside.
f) Different levels in the units, the seniors, the juniors and the fresher have yet to be connected.
g) Organizing capabilities of the various units, be it sports or academic competitions.
The Provincial delegate, Fr. Elias Dias in his concluding address informed the members of the forth coming events to be undertaken by the Provincial Federation and requested a healthy participation from all the units. He praised the past pupils for the activities undertaken but also mentioned that the work done was going unnoticed. He therefore requested all the units to put up their activities on BIS or SALFAM. This would in turn help to enlighten many people who are not aware of the past pupils movement and their involvement in promoting the Salesian spirit. Fr. Elias also brought out the issue of publishing a directory of the past pupils in the SALFAM issue of January. He thanked the president Mr. Ketan Gala for his support in rejuvenating the federation. He also appreciated the work done by Mr. Joseph, who worked behind the scenes as the treasurer. He also thanked Mr. Amar and Mr. Dilip Bhatt for their contribution for a smooth running at the province level.
Finally the president concluded the meeting by proposing the Vote of Thanks. Mr. Ketan extended his sincere gratitude to the Vice Provincial, the Provincial Delegate Fr. Elias, Fr. Wilfred, Sr. Santanna , all the office bearers and all the members especially to the two members from Nashik who were present for the AGM. The meeting saw an attendance of 43 members. All the members departed after a sumptuous dinner.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The meeting continued on a serious note. Participants were made aware of programmes like Bal Sanskar Kendra & Schools of Excellence by Mr. Melvin. He also shared organization expertise and achievements on different issues such as education and rural development.
The discussion shifted to the situation of Jawhar and Mokhada. This discussion was made participatory so that the animators could share their views on the present scenario of the two blocks. They came to the conclusion that Education, Health, Social Development, Agriculture - Livelihood and Skill Development are the main areas which they need to concentrate on:
Education: Under this component BSK & SOE Programmes are currently being run. This is based on the observation and conditions of the school. It also included Mumbai education & village level education. This programme is more supportive to children at the village level. Also this year it was noticed that the results of Ashram schools have improved.
Health: In this component women & children health issues were included. Cleanliness in the villages for better health was a prime area of focus.
LONAVLA, JULY 18, 2009: July 16, 2009, served as the inauguration day of the Marian month at Maria Ashiana, Lonavla. All the boys came together on the stage to light the lamp to Our Lady and together sang the bhajan “Mata ki Mahima”. One of the boys, Chandan gave his little sermonette on Mother. He said, A mother is a sea of love and mamta, when thinking of Mother Mary, he said, “I thought of my own mother and I began missing her, but I will do well and go back to see her. Father said, Mother Mary is looking after all the boys who come to Maria Ashiana, it is true, in one year from the streets, I have completed my SSC and now doing my training and also have just got admission for my NIOS STD XII to be completed in the next two years”
The beautiful and pious ceremony came to a fitting end when, Fr. Barnabe shared his own experience of his miraculous escape from lightning in Lonavla and how Mother Mary has always taken care of him ever since those days. He encouraged the children to talk to Our Lady as a Mother, when they have tensions, when they have a doubt of their future, etc.
The previous evening the boys at Maria Ashiana were enthused with decoration of the statue of Mother Mary. The boys were told what they were to expect each day: moments of celebrating their own talents, participating in competitions and most importantly giving a small speech on the virtues of a Mother. They were reminded that they are rough diamonds and are polished by these occasions to prove they are worth more than the rags they pick through these competitions.
Eugenia D’cunha/ Cl. Jacob Anthony MUMBAI, JULY 18, 2009: Don Bosco Matunga boasts of an ETC programme for years. Not content with the past glory, this year the school invited Dr. Geeta Shetty, teacher-educator from S.X.I.E for a session called ‘Igniting Minds’ on July 10, 2009. This session aimed at motivating the teachers and igniting in them a new enthusiasm to get creative with their power-point presentations. Dr. Geeta Shetty urged the teachers to think out of the box, break free of the chains they are conditioned to and move with the techno-savvy times. Introducing them to Bono’s six thinking hats, she challenged us to use and tap both the left logical side and the right creative side of the teachers and the students brains so that they can present the subjects they love and teach with pride and passion.On July 11, 2009, the teachers were treated to another power packed session by Bishop Percival. ‘Do you know how to teach?’, this was the imposing question with which Bishop Percival started his three hour seminar on ‘Teacher Leadership’ with the entire Don Bosco High School staff (teaching, NIOS, Non-teaching).He made efforts to ‘train the trainers’ and guided them on how to rise from mere teaching to leading. This was a true shift from the static academic world (as it happened in the past) to a dynamic recalibration of resources. In the two workshops that were conducted during the session, Bishop Percy reinforced the four unique selling points of being a good teacher: self-awareness, ability to communicate, confidence and understanding the task. The seminar helped the institution elevate its pedagogy platform, which in turn should reflect positively in shaping the young minds for tomorrow.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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MUMBAI, JULY 16, 2009: At the Annual ABE General Body meeting held at St. Michael’s, Mahim on July 16, 2009, Fr. Boniface D’Souza SDB, Director of DBYS once again renewed the Salesians’ commitment to the Archdiocese of Mumbai in the setting up of AVEC. The Archdiocesan Value Education Centre is set up at DBYS Matunga. The main objective of the AVEC is to provide animation services in the area of Value education to the Archdiocesan Schools.
As a way forward, Fr. Glenford Lowe SDB presented the AVEC strategic plan to the ABE for the next triennium (2009-2012). He focused on four key areas: Structure, Animation, Capacity Building and Networking
- The Structuring of AVEC on the lines of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Catechetical Animation
- Making AVEC as a Hub of Animation and Resources for Students and Teachers
- Empowering the Teachers and students through various Training Programs
- Networking with various NGOs and likeminded people in the area of Value Education
It is hoped that the AVEC will be able to motivate schools to become more ‘Educational Living Environments’ , in which values must be seen to lie not only at the heart of the educational content: the “what” of Education, but also at the heart of the educational process: the “how”, the way in which education is conducted.
Value Education, more than just seen as another subject within the curriculum, must be owned by all as the guiding ethos of education: an ethos that emphasizes the importance of creating Educative Learning Environments that are characterized by values that are deeply religious rather than secular.
In his concluding speech, His Eminence Gracious Cardinal Oswald thanked the Salesians and reemphasized once again on the joint need to promote value education in our institutions. “Students, long after they have left school, remember the values they caught rather that the sciences or languages they studied”, said the Cardinal.
Bernard Britto sdb MUMBAI, JULY 16, 2009: Fr. Harrie Kanters, a Salesian Priest, from Holland, is 77 years young!!!! And is the only one, who for the past 25 years, has been working for Street youngsters in Amsterdam. A glance at him and you will know that he effuses youth, commitment and daring vision. He is the director of Don Bosco Amsterdam, Four Projects one face! For his outstanding contribution with destitute street youth, the Government is felicitating him with the Marga Klompe Prys award. In an era when we Salesians are called to return to Don Bosco and to the marginalized youngsters he stands as an example. He has a stopover at the Provincial House before moving to Hyderabad with his group of Volunteers giving them a taste of some Indian street children Projects.
Excerpts from his interview:
What is unique about your apostolate? “I’m the only Salesian working for the Street Youth in the project of Amsterdam, there are no others. It is supported by the young volunteers and lay youngsters. It is quite an experience to teach them the spirituality of Don Bosco and the Preventive system and then use them as animators but let me tell you Don Bosco Sells! His life captures the youngsters!”
Now that you are going to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of your apostolate, tell me who is your inspiration? What keeps you ticking?“My inspiration is surely Don Bosco the good shepherd like Jesus looking out for the lost sheep, youngsters in the streets, yes in Europe we have street children, the illegal young refugees, pregnant teenagers, those run away from family and home”
How do you manage your apostolate without a Salesian Community? “I’m attached to a Salesian Community some 45 minutes from the street home. But you will find me all alone with the youngsters. It is interesting... I get hundreds of forms from universities; colleges around Holland wanting to come to work with me and stay with me to learn the Don Bosco way. They are not ready for a long term or life time commitment. But most of them are generous with their time, energy, expertise. They are ready to help.”
What is the reaction of the other NGOS or the Government about your service? “Looking at the success stories of our apostolate, many religious congregations wanted to copy our Salesian Style. I invited them to come and see and even to live with me. The Government was suspicious at the beginning but now it has not only accepted me but is supporting me, it is rewarding me and Don Bosco.”
Do you feel it is high time many Salesians imitate and do what you are doing because of lack of vocation? “Yes, I’m not doing anything new. I’m doing what Don Bosco wants us to do for and be with the youngsters.” What is your message for the Salesians working for the street youngsters? “To work with the Street Children you need a heart! And never lose your head! And make Don Bosco your man"
What is the best experience you had working for the street kids, youngsters in distress? “One of the best experiences of working for street youngsters is that after many years they come to you and tell their stories of joy, achievements and successes. On such was Roy after excelling in his studies he went to Canada, perused his higher studies, he came to meet me with his family and when he saw me he gave me a big hug and touched my feet and thanked me for all that I did for him.”
What are youngsters craving for? Are youngsters receptive with the method of Don Bosco? Is the preventive system relevant? “The youngsters are carving for understanding, love, they want a friend. Yes Don Bosco's preventive system is relevant and alive. The principle of being present for the youngsters and accompanying them in their journey is fascinating”.
What are your future plans? Do you want to expand? “I’m not the ambitious type. I take where the sprit leads and what is the need of the hour. I do what I can do with the youngsters for the youngsters with youngsters. They are my heroes and inspiration and team.”
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ase = 89% Chas = 95% Dabhosa = 97% Gonde = 100% Hirve = 86% Kodala = 97% Nehalaya = 87% Pulsunde = 92% Sakre = 77% Zap = 95%
The brothers now encouraged and confident of the hand of God with them have restarted this apostolate with full gusto and enthusiasm. The hard work of the past two years, coupled with the support of the school authorities will definitely ensure another successful year for these schools. The school authorities are very pleased with the results and have expressed their gratitude towards the brothers and the Don Bosco Development Office.
Savio D’souza sdb PUNE, JULY 8, 2009: On the June 7, 2009, Bishop Thomas Dabre was installed as the Bishop of Pune Diocese and a month later; on the July 7, 2009, the community of Don Bosco Youth Centre was glad to have his Lordship celebrating the Eucharist. Memories do play a very interesting role in our life and so was it with our Bishop as he recalled the great Salesians who worked in collaboration with him in the precedent years when he was in Pune. In the homily, Bishop emphasized on giving importance to the word of God and catechesis thus helping our youngsters to know that the Eucharist includes the Holy Communion and listening to the word of God. After the Eucharist the community gathered together for a short felicitation held in the refectory which culminated with a solemn breakfast.The very presence of Rev. Bishop Thomas Dabre brought forth graces and made this day a remarkable one.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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Thursday, July 2, 2009
Sarita Rego BORIVLI, JULY 2, 2009: The Tagore house day was as bright as the colour yellow representing the yellow house. It was celebrated with great enthusiasm and creativity at Don Bosco, Borivli on July 1, 2009. An interactive event from which the students learnt a great deal about Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The teachers and leaders of yellow house put in commendable efforts to make this feast a very successful and memorable affair for the Boscoites. The event consisted of an attractive PowerPoint presentation, a well executed quiz and a skit which took us back to the days of Rabindranath Tagore's life. Yellow roses were presented to the teachers after the programme. The presentation of two cycles to one of our most deserving student and our support staff was the cherry on the cake.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Rickson Fernandes sdb LONAVLA, JULY 1, 2009: “I am the cloth you are the tailor, make of me a beautiful vestment for God” - Dominic Savio. Dominic Savio was like a kerchief in the hands of Don Bosco and allowed Him to mould his life. Therefore he has reached this height of Sainthood. The Apostolic boys of STD X inaugurated the Dominic Savio Novena on June 27, 2009 with the theme “The Spiritual Giant”: By placing themselves in the hands of their superiors the boys want to attain the same stature. Fr. Thomas D’Costa, the Rector addressed the boys, giving them a short life sketch of this ‘giant saint’. Speaking on the occasion he said that just as Dominic Savio was a support to his parents and understanding towards them, so also the boys should be understanding towards their superiors. In this regard a nine days programme is planned filled with spiritual activities, games and competitions and will culminate with the celebration of the feast mass on July 6, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. by Fr. Michael Fernandes our Provincial.
Prior to being appointed as Rector, Fr Adolph has served at DBCL Kurla in an administrative capacity and has been instrumental in building up networks along with simultaneous activities towards the growth of this landmark Salesian Institution. The change of guard at DBCL and the installation of Fr Adolph as Rector would not only ensure healthy continuity of the processes set in motion, but is being seen as a significant step forward in the right direction on the path to future progress in innovative technological excellence and human development at the DBCL Campus.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr Provincial described the role of the Rector in a Salesian community and expressed his hope that Fr Adolph would fulfil those requirements admirably, since he had the necessary pre-requisites.
With great eagerness and enthusiasm, the confreres and collaborators at DBCL wish Fr Adolph every success and bid a fond adieu to Fr Mario. The power-packed dream continues.......!