Tuesday, February 3, 2015


by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 3, 2015: Nearly 4,000 thousand children, youth and adults from all walks of faith had come to witness the Bicentenary celebration of the birth of St John Bosco at the Don Bosco Shrine Grounds at Matunga, on the January 31, 2015. Towards the end of the Eucharistic Celebration His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai launched the book entitled "Exploring Salesian Life Today" by Chrys Saldanha.

Fr Chrys Saldhana, sdb speaking during the book launch thanked Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, sdb the Provincial of Province of Mumbai.  He thanked Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb, the Director of Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications for publishing the book with his professional and competent team.  He emphasised that this book deals with a broad spectrum of topics connected with the life and work of the Salesians of Don Bosco. This book will have great value for   the Salesians to live in the footsteps of our father and Founder Don Bosco during this bicentennial year of the birth of Don Bosco.

It treats, for instance, topics life contemplation in prayer, ongoing formation, vocation ministry, responsibility in the ethical use of the media, building community and youth ministry.  It also contains a few topics that are professedly Salesian, like the spirituality and educative method of Don Bosco, Salesian consecrated life in its two forms of Salesian priest and Salesian brother, the Salesian Superior and the Salesian Family.   Each topic is a synthesis and therefore can be expanded or developed in a variety of ways. 

Ms Chrisann Misquitta meticulously edited the book.  The illustrations were conceptualised by Mr Gilbert D'Souza and Mrs Shalini D'Souza and the typeset and design layout was co-ordinated by Mrs Surekha Gangurde. The Art Director, Mr William Fernandes, designed the cover for this book and printed the book at Intouch Graphics printing press.   The book has been published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, a unit of the Bombay Salesians Society.

About the Author:

Chrys Saldanha is an alumni of Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Mumbai, India.  He obtained his Baccalaureate and Licententiate in Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, and on his return to India he taught Theology at Kristu Jyoti College, Bengaluru.  Later, he did his doctoral studies at Maynooth, Ireland.  From 1982-1990, he was the Provincial of Mumbai, which at that time included the Delegation of East Africa, comprising Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan.  In 1990, he founded the Don Bosco Renewal Centre, Bengaluru.  For the past 17 years he has been a member of the Formation Department of the Salesian Congregation in Rome, much of his work of animation takes the form of meetings, courses and retreats in various parts of the world.

If you wish to purchase copies of this book, please write to the publisher at the following address:
Fr. Joaquim Fernandes SDB, Tej Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, Matunga, Mumbai 400 019, India or email your request to tejprasarinidbc@gmail.com or call (91-22) 24150680

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