by Cl. Ranson D'souza, sdb
PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 24, 2014: The General Counsellor for Formation of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Ivo Coelho, visited Don Bosco Youth Centre Pune (DBYC) on 20 and 21 July 2014. The confreres of the community warmly welcomed Fr Coelho. It was wonderful to see, that even after being out of the province for over three years, he still remembered each one by name.
On July 20, Fr Coelho interacted with the students of theology; they shared with him their experiences of Salesian life and their feelings at this stage of their formative life. Fr Coelho invited them to reflect on their identity as Salesians, as religious and as priests-to-be. In the good night, he conveyed the greetings and message of the Rector Major to the community. He emphasized the key-topics of the General Chapter and urged the confreres to be mystics in the Spirit, prophets of fraternity and servants of the young. He reminded them that they are there to do God's work, and to cater to the young especially the poor. He stressed the need for spiritual direction throughout the life of the Salesian.
On July 21, Fr Coelho celebrated the Eucharist with the community. He had an informal meeting with the staff concerning formative experiences and objectives. The community said," It was wonderful to have Fr. Coelo in our midst". He promised to visit the province of Mumbai, and especially DBYC, every year. They exclaimed," We look forward to the fulfillment of his promise.