Friday, April 13, 2012


BIS Mumbai                                  



Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb

MATUNGA, APRIL 13, 2012: The Rector of the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza, sdb officially launched the book, "JESUS- THE PRINCE OF PEACE" by Joaquim Fernandes, sdb,  published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications on Easter Sunday, April 7, 2012,  at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. 


The book Jesus – The Prince of Peace, is written in a simple yet mature manner, the book traces the life of Jesus from his birth to his Resurrection.  Salvation history reminds us to re-enact and relive the mystery of our faith – Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again at very Eucharistic meal.  The design elements used make this book ready to be owned, adding a personal touch for the owner of this prized possession.


His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, commenting in the preface of the book says:  In the book 'JESUS - THE PRINCE OF PEACE', we find a concise and pictorial presentation of the story of Jesus presented for young children. The attempt of this book is to enable our children make a personal connection with Jesus. It can also serve as a guide to parents and educators to recall the vision of 'Catholic Youth Ministry' and seek to make this vision a reality. Enriching the work is 'A Treasury of Prayers', with its collection of beloved and well-used Catholic prayers. A short 'Catechism for Children' in the format of questions and answers will surely help them to grow more deeply in their understanding of their faith. Very noteworthy is the section on the 'Prayers' and 'Responses' according to the revised translation of the Roman Missal. 


Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb speaking on this occasion said that in life we all have turbulent times, suffering and disappointments but like Job from the  Bible we all need to have strong faith in God. The Bible exhorts each one of us to be aware of ourselves and surrender to God.    "Be Still and Know that I am God". In the stillness we find peace, joy and serenity in our lives.  This led me to entitle the book "Jesus - The Prince of Peace".


Dear Sponsors and Donors:  Thank you for your support and generous contribution towards the publication of the book "Jesus – The Prince of Peace".  Your sacrifice and generosity will enable us to give copies of this book free to needy children, especially in the rural areas of India, to help the light of Christ shine through the Word of God. God Bless You.


I would like to thank and acknowledge the many people who have made this book possible. His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias who kindly consented to write the preface for this book and Fr. Terance Murray who kindly wrote the foreword for the book.  Fr. Michael Fernandes, sdb , Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai, the Salesians from all our institutions,  Mr. Kevin Jairaj who  creatively designed the book, Mr. Ganesh Sonsurkar for producing the artwork for this publication, Mr. John Fernandes for the cover design, Mr. Christopher D'Silva from Pune for the unique inner cover design and Ms.  Verona Vaz and Frs. Valerian Pereira, Cletus D'Souza, Kenneth Pereira, sdb for proof reading and editing the book.  Mr. Rahul Pereira from Don Bosco Press for printing the book.  They have been a constant source of support and encouragement. Lastly, I want to thank the numerous readers who have bought this book. Let your light shine. He has risen …. Hallelujah.

Rev Fr. Terance Murray, Director of the Diocesan Catechetical Centre of the Archdiocese of Bombay writing the foreword says "A conventional and effective, yet truly innovative form of catechesis for children.  Must read, must own"

The book is available at:
Don Bosco Communications,
Matunga, Mumbai 400019.
Tel.: 022 – 24150680


Don Bosco Provincial House,
Matunga, Mumbai - 400 019. INDIA

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