Monday, July 8, 2013


By: Carissa Gudino


MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JUNE 30, 2013: The Salesian Youth Leaders' Meeting - a gathering of committed youth leaders of the various Don Bosco institutions of  the Mumbai and Vasai dioceses was held on 30th June 2013 at Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala.  It was organized by the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) attached to Don Bosco Youth Services to present the youth events to be held during the year 2013-14. 105 youth leaders along with their youth directors coming from Don Bosco - Borivli, Domnic Savio - Wadala, Our Lady of Dolours - Wadala, Resurrection Church and Jyoti Mata - Virar, Mary Help of Christians - Naigaon and Don Bosco Youth Services - Matunga were present for the event.


The evening began by invoking the Lord's blessings with a beautiful prayer service. Fr. Godfrey D'Sa, the parish priest of Our Lady of Dolours, welcomed and addressed the youth encouraging them to be leaders who envision a brighter and better tomorrow. Games were then conducted to get the youth acquainted with one another. The SYM theme song with choreographed actions was presented by the DBYS youth, and within no time the others picked it up too.


Each of the participating youth groups then presented their activity reports. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the vice-provincial, presented the Salesian Youth Spirituality (SYS) which is at the core of the SYM. He made the youth aware that a truly Salesian group always touched four essential dimensions of growth: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Fr. Glenford Lowe, the Director of DBYS presented the DBYS-SYM brochure for the pastoral year 2013-14.


The evening ended on a lighter note, with a lively dance session and dinner.

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