by Mrs. Joshna Dabre
WALVANDA-MUMBAI,MARCH 4,2014: With the initiative of Fr. M.C. George, Director of Bosco Net Delhi, a book was written on Bro. Alex Gonsalves Sdb. The book was released on January 2, 2014 at Guwahati by Fr. Maria Arockiam Regional superior of south East Asia during brother’s congress. And on February 23, 2014 the same book was released at St. James church Aghasi – Br. Alex’s Parish by Mr. Thomas Miranda, an active senior citizen in Social work.
The book Desert to Oasis narrates various development activities at Ahmednagar emphasizing mainly on soil and water conservation leading to sustainable livelihood by enhancing ecology.The event was organized by his family members and well-wishers from three neighboring parishes. Fr. Anaclete D’Mello, Director BSVS was the Chief Guest. Fr. Biswas Pereira, Parish Priest of Jyoti was Guest of honor along with Fr. Stephen Machado, Asst. Parish Priest, Aghasi. Mr. Thomas Miranda briefed the audience about work Br. Alex’s had been doing in Ahmednagar amongst the poor and marginalized people for 24 years.
Br. Alex added during his thanksgiving speech that; he had a desire to do something for the poor farmers in his life and his work in Salesian farm in Sulcorna helped him to manage big work force as well as managing big amount of money. Hence, he could get into the big works of watershed. Also he mentioned that he always felt Gods’ providence and his loving hand on him for his work that sustained him during difficult moments. A request to publish the book in Marathi came very strongly from people.