Tuesday, March 31, 2015


by Fr.Cedrick Sankul 

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 31, 2015: This year, to celebrate Palm Sunday at St. John Bosco Church, Savedi, Ahmednagar, the Bishop of Nashik, Rev. Lourdes Daniel was invited. Fr. Manuel Murzello, rector of the community addressed the gathering and explained to them the importance of the Holy Week.
  His Grace
, Bp. Lourdes Daniel blessed the palms. In his homily, he emphasised about the love of God and his compassion. He added, "Palm Sunday will be meaningful only when we are ready to show that love and compassion of God to others." After the celebration, His Grace Bp. Lourdes Daniel was felicitated by Fr. Francis Fernandes.
    A Palm Sunday Celebration was also conducted at Jeur Village. Fr. Cedrick Sankul was the main celebrant for the service. After blessing of the Palms the people joined in the procession singing Hosanna. The passion reading was done by four different people. In his homily, Fr. Cedrick spoke of the love of Jesus for us even to the point of death on the cross. The ceremony was well organized and about 150 villagers took part in it.
    In the evening, an Adoration service was organized to pray for those affected by the vandalization of Christian churches and atrocities against Christians, priests, nuns and religious in India.  The purpose behind this Adoration service was to have sympathy for them and also to pray for our Country which is going through such turmoil. A lot of parishioners took part in it.   The main animators was Bro. Alex Carvalho and Fr. Manuel Murzello.  The Grace choir of the parish made the adoration service more prayerful by their melodies singing of hymns.
    Jesus said, "They will oppress you, persecute you for my name sake.  But don't forget, I will be with you till the end of time and always." Bro. Liam Misquitta prepared two videos showing the atrocities, vandalization and violence against Christians and Christian churches.  The videos were very meaningful and helped the people to realize what other Christians in India and abroad are going through.

On the next day a penitential rite and confessions were organized for the parishioners to prepare them for Holy Week and Easter.  After the mass a talk was given by Fr. Cedrick to prepare them for the confession and penitential rite. Many parishioners participated in this service and received the sacrament of confession

Friday, March 27, 2015


by Br. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, MARCH 27, 2015: The term end prayer service was organized on March 25, 2015 in the chapel on the ground floor of the Aspirantate building. The teachers, Ms. Sapna and Mr. Sainath, were in-charge of this prayer service.

The prayer service began with the invoking of the blessings of God through the lighting of the lamp. It was followed by an introductory note on the blessings that the school and college received during the year. A few passages from the Bible reflected the gratitude that each student and teachers felt towards the Almighty. 

The prayer of the faithful expressed the sentiments of gratitude for the blessings received. This was followed by a thanksgiving hymn to the Lord. The prayer service ended with the vote of thanks by Br. Clarence Martis.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


by Ivon Fernandes, Ashley Noronha and Trevor Rodrigues

KUDAL-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 26, 2015: The community of Bosco Udyogshala Pinguli brought a meaningful end to their Sunday Apostolate in the parishes, institutes and the neighbourhood with the 'Oratory Day' celebrations on March 22, 2015.

In order to make it convenient for the children to participate in this meaningful event, the event was organized simultaneously at two places namely: Bosco Udyogshala Pinguli and Don Bosco Oros.

At Pinguli, 50 children from the Quasi-Parish of Nerur, Ambedkari Wadi and the House Oratory gathered while 60 children from the mass centres of Oros, Ranbamboli and the boys from Remand Home participated in the celebration.

The theme of the day was 'Like Don Bosco, With the Young and for the Young'. The day consisted of Prayer, Tele games, Fete games, Lunch, a Cultural Fiesta and many prizes.  The youngsters celebrated Don Bosco in this the Bicentenary of His Birth with much joy and frolic. The day was carefully planned under the guidance of Fr. Brian Moras, Cleric Christovan Cardozo and Fr. Francis Silveira.
Both the children and the Pre-Novitiate Course Boys took leave with beautiful memories of a day well spent.  The Pre-Novices were well initiated into organizing an event of this stature. Don Bosco is alive and kicking in this part of Sindhudurg.


by Cl Ian Pinto sdb   

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 26, 2015: March 24, 2015, was an auspicious day in Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy as the community celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Ordination of a silver haired man, Fr Matthew Coutinho sdb. Fr Matthew, ordained on the same day in the year 1990 by late Bishop Simon Pimenta, was felicitated for his years of fidelity and service, at the community level. His parents, sisters and brother-in-law were present for the function besides the community of Divyadaan and religious from neighbouring communities.

The jubilee celebrations commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, presided over by Fr Matthew. Bishop Lourdes Daniel, bishop of the diocese of Nashik, Fr Godfrey, Provincial of the Mumbai province and thirteen priests from nearby communities and parishes concelebrated. The Eucharist was well animated and enlivened with active participation and angelic singing. In his homily, Fr Matthew drew attention to his ordination motto: 'That a
ll may be one' (John 17:21) and explained his reasons for choosing it.

He then went on to share three convictions he developed over the last 25 years. The first was that God works in his own way and He knows what is best for each of us. Most often we tell God our plans, instead of listening to God's plan for us. The second was not to miss the wood for the trees, that is, not to miss the larger picture while being bogged down by the little things. He pointed to the significance of giving personal attention to people; shepherding the flock without forgetting the individual sheep. The third was not to let a milestone become a millstone, implying that one should not get stuck with one's achievement but must constan
tly strive to move ahead.

The Holy Eucharist was followed by a cultural program which began with the jubilarian and his family making a grand entrance. The cake was cut amid voices crooning 'Congratulations' and hands clapping to the beat. A short video on Fr Matthew's progress through the years was screened to the delight of all present. The programme saw the brothers of Divyadaan stage two dazzling dance performances, two melodious choral pieces, a band piece, a well prepared and delivered address and a song.

Mr Devdas, Fr Matthew's brother-in-law, said a few words on behalf of the family. Fr Godfrey addressed a few words to Fr Matthew, besides revealing his next posting to Ratisbonne, Jerusalem! He then blessed the food and all partook of the wonderful buffet laid out. Smiles and wishes filled the atmosphere and everyone who came, went back contented. It was a night of silver stars shining down on a silver jubilarian surrounded by those he loves and those who love him. It was a wonderful evening, etched on numerous hearts and minds.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, MARCH 25, 2015: The Salesian Brothers of the Mumbai Province met together for their animation programme in Don Bosco Dakor, Gujarat. The brothers meet was held for three days from March 21-23, 2015. The meet was founded on the theme 'SALESIANS BE HOLY.' Eleven Salesian brothers attended the programme to explore their Salesian Vocation, Charism through their witness. 

This meet was prioritized on the 1st and 3rd Resolutions of the Brothers Congress. They were a) to pay greater attention to regular personal and community prayer, using the word of God as a springboard for our renewal and growth and
b) To commit ourselves to a personal plan of integral growth in the area of spiritual, intellectual, socio-emotional balance, physical development and of the cultivation of skills that serve our apostolic commitments.
On March 21, 2015 Fr. Godfrey D' Souza the Provincial of Mumbai Province celebrated the Holy Eucharist for the boarding children and the Salesian Brothers. He blessed and congratulated the Salesian Brothers for the gift of their vocation which is unique. Fr. Godfrey took the inaugural session whereby he stressed the importance on-'What is consecration for you as a religious.' His video on the witness of consecrated men and women edified the fact that consecration is being joyful.

During his talk he exhorted us to be men of God, to support one another in all aspects and a have a listening ear (Primacy of the Word). He further enlightened us on personal and community prayer. Community life needs fraternal give and take without any gossip. "We must shift from a life in common to a communion of life.  We should serve the young with the heart of Don Bosco."

Fr. Wilfred D'Souza, the Rector of Don Bosco, Matunga took the next session on the 'Year of Consecrated Life.' He emphasized on 'how we can Wake up the World through Peace, Love, Joy and Hope of the lord filled in our heart'. His session stressed the first resolution. He focussed on Pope Francis' message for the year of consecrated life.
-    Look at the past (charism) with gratitude
-    Live the present with passion (radically and sincerely)
-    Embrace the future with Hope. 

He spoke on the expectations for the year on consecrated life. In his talk, he maintained that a religious must be joyful, prophetic, experts in communion and going out to the existential peripheries. Chiefly he observed that 'You will find life by giving life, hope by giving hope and love by giving love.'

Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil the Rector of Don Bosco, Dakor took the session titled primacy of God in our lives related to the first resolution on March 22, 2015. He spoke on the things that keep us away from giving God prime place (power and violence, money, careerism, worldliness). The key quality sort in every religious is whether he or she is 'a person of God.' Holiness and primacy of God is for all. The reason for joining religious life is personal growth, community building and mission (bringing God's love to people as Jesus did).  At the culmination of the second day the brothers once again met together to have a comprehensive vision on their personal plan and project of life as a Salesian Brother. The final day of the meeting was animated by Mr. Prasad Chacko in connection to the third resolution. Mr. Prasad offered useful 'Management Tips in Social Action.'


by Br. Sandeep Parmar

WADALA-MUMBAI, MARCH 25, 2015: Shelter Don Bosco conducted its Monthly Mela for outreach boys residing in Mumbai on March 20, 2015. There were forty two boys who participated in the Mela. It began with a registration of the names of the boys at 8:30 a.m. which was followed by breakfast and tea. 

During the assembly the theme of the Mela which was "opening accounts in the bank "was introduced by the Rector, Fr. Gregory D'Almeida. He briefed the boys about 'how to open an account in the bank and what evidences they would have to provide'. The theme was chosen, keeping in mind the problems outreach boys face with regard to keeping the money that they earned safe. There were various activities like hair-cut, cutting of the nails, medical checkup, bathing, distribution of clothes and counseling that were carried out for the outreach boys.

There was a session on 'how to open a bank account' which was very well presented by Samantha Gonsalves, Manager of Citizen Credit bank. The session was very informative and gave the children an idea of how they could save money for themselves. This was a new concept for all the boys.

Thereafter, the boys were shown a new Hindi film named 'Ab tak chhappan 2'. After which, lunch was served. The boys left the premises of Shelter Don Bosco with a better perspective towards life. During the course of the day, there were eight boys who filled the forms to open an account and two boys were prepared to go to Dhanu for de-addiction.


by Br. Evangelo D'Souza, sdb

PUNE-MAHARSHATRA, MARCH 24, 2015: The community of DBYC, Pune had their Salesian Youth Ministry programme from March 21-23, 2015 under the direction of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice-Provincial of the Mumbai Province and Fr. Glenford Lowe. 

The aim of the course was to enable the brothers to be effective and creative youth ministers. They also exhorted the brothers to instil in themselves a planning mentality. The brothers were guided in drawing up an Educative Pastoral Project for the forthcoming summer apostolates. The content of the course was taken from the book - Salesian Youth Ministry – Frame of Reference compiled by Fr. Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Ministry. 

Fr. Glenford Lowe focused on how the theologians could induce qualitative change rather than quantitative changes in their youth ministry. Fr. Ajoy guided the brothers in generating and implementing an educative pastoral project and how they could implement it in the camps, clubs and in the village development work.

Interactive sessions on drawing up plans helped the brothers to think and conduct more efficiently their activities in their youth ministry. Fr. Derrick led the brothers in developing their administrative skills of budgeting and maintaining accounts with transparency. 'Kudos to Fr. Ajoy and Fr. Glenford for guiding the brothers in being evangelizers of the young after the heart of Don Bosco.'

Monday, March 23, 2015


by Ms. Sunita D'Souza

WADALA-MUMBAI, MARCH 23, 2015: The section-wise weekly assemblies came to a close on March 17, 2015, with the final assembly of the primary section. Throughout the year the students and class teachers of St. Joseph's High School, Wadala, wonderfully expressed their love to Don Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Community who transformed the lives of the youth around the world with his love! The section-wise assemblies held during the year were based on Don Bosco's life, celebrating the bicentenary year of Don Bosco's birth.

At the assemblies, different aspects of Don Bosco's personality were portrayed through presentations by each class in turn, on the following themes:

Don Bosco: The Young Apostle (IV-A & X-B) Don Bosco: The Avid Student (IV-B & IX-A)
Don Bosco: The Musician/Artiste (III-A & IX-B) Don Bosco: A Man of Humble Origins (III-B & X-A)
Don Bosco: The Educator of Poor Youth (II A & VIII-B) Don Bosco: The Religious Educator/Catechist (II-B & VI-A)
Don Bosco: The Spiritual Guide (I-A & VI-B) Don Bosco: The Optimistic Priest (I-B & V-A)
Don Bosco: The Magnetic and Reassuring Personality (IV-A & V-B) Don Bosco: The Writer and Publisher (IV-B & VII-A)
Don Bosco: The Tireless Worker (III-A & VII-B) Don Bosco: The Master of All Trades (III-B & VIII-A)
Don Bosco: The Dreamer and Visionary (II-A & VIII-B) Don Bosco: A Man Of God (II-B & V-A)
Don Bosco: The Founder of the SDBs, FMAs and ASC (I-A & V-B) Don Bosco: The Father and Friend of Youth (I-B & VIII-A)

The students of each class, under the guidance of their teachers, presented very creative, informative and captivating programmes depicting the theme assigned to the class. The assemblies showcased the vast pool of talent among the students. The backdrops expressed the theme of each assembly. Well-presented skits brought to life scenes from Don Bosco's times. Dances choreographed by students or parents, powerfully portrayed Don Bosco's personality, with graceful movements depicting the essence of songs based on this lovable saint, or other contemporary English and Hindi songs that brought out the spirit of Don Bosco. 

The choir sang praises of Don Bosco expressing their love for him. Audio-visual presentations brought scenes from Turin, Becchi, Valdocco and other places of Don Bosco's days to life, helping the children situate the themes better. In many class presentations, every student of the class had a significant role to play. Besides this, the students of the secondary section were also shown short clippings of Salesian works from around the world.

Every class presentation at the assembly truly made the presence of Don Bosco come alive once again, giving the students an experience of his love for the youth, his devotion to Mother Mary and his acceptance of God's Will. In the words of St. John Bosco - "Walk with your feet on Earth, but in your heart be in Heaven', may we continue to be 'Like Don Bosco, With the Young, For the Young!'

Saturday, March 21, 2015


by Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 21, 2015: The parish of St. John Bosco Church Savedi, Ahmednagar organized a two day Lenten recollection and Healing prayer service on March 19-20, 2015, for its parishioners to prepare them for the coming of the risen Christ at Easter. The main animator and preacher for this Lenten recollection was Fr. Benny Joseph from Amala Ashram, Kolapur. Fr. Benny along with Fr. Michael from Aurangabad diocese and four other people animated these two prayerful days. Parishioners came in big numbers to take part in this Lenten recollection.

On the first day the recollection started with the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. after which, Fr. Benny conducted the healing prayer service.  The prayer service ended at 9:30 p.m.  On the second day in the morning, the Lenten recollection and preaching was conducted in Jeur Village, where the villagers of our parish gathered for the prayer service. The Lenten recollection started at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 2:00 p.m.  

In the evening, the recollection started at 5:15 p.m. with the Way of the Cross followed by the Eucharist and the Lenten preaching.  During this time lot of parishioners availed the sacrament of reconciliation and penance. The service ended at 10:00 p.m.


by  Mr. Ian Lemos

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 21, 2015: In today's globalized world and the computer era, typewriters are looked upon as old fashioned and even antiques. However, in the government sector (Central & State Govt.) proficiency in typing is mandatory for all clerical jobs. Considering this requirement, Don Bosco Community College has over last three years progressively enhanced its typing department. 

In the recent admissions for the state government typing exam, Don Bosco Community College has with 95 students recorded the highest number of student in the region. There were actually 106 applications but due to constraints of available infrastructure, the institute could enroll only 95 students. Don Bosco Community College has surpassed the leading typing institute of the region (which was the biggest institute for several years) by 14 Students.


by Fr.Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 21, 2015: The Parish of St. John Bosco Church Savedi, Ahmednagar organized a two day pilgrimage to Uttan and Vasai during the Lenten Season. There were 35 parishioners mostly from the villages who joined this pilgrimage and were accompanied by Fr. Cedrick Sankul. The whole arrangement was done Fr. Manuel Murzello, the rector and the parish priest. The parishioners prayed the Stations of the Cross during the pilgrimage.
On the first day, the pilgrims left for Tabor Ashram, Kalyan at 5.30 a.m. where they prayed the first station. They reached uttan in the afternoon where they had their lunch. Thereafter, they prayed the next six Stations of the Cross reflecting on the pain and suffering that Jesus underwent as he carried his cross. In the evening, they left for Jyoti Mata Church, Virar and spent the night there. The next morning after the
Eucharist they left to participate in the way of the Cross in the different churches of Vasai . Fr. Vishwas Pereira and Bro. Anthony D'Souza made a very good arrangement for their stay and food.

The last Station of the Cross was conducted at the Koliwada Church with a lot of devotion.  The lunch was sponsored by one the parents of the boarders from the Savedi boarding.  At 3:30 p.m. the pilgrims left for Nagar.  On our way back we were almost missed aa fatal road accident in the Malshed Ghat. While the bus was going uphill in the night, the headlights of the bus stopped functioning. But with the help of God and the alertness of the driver the bus missed the valley. After repairing the bus we reached the parish at 1:30 a.m. in the night. 


by BIS Correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, MARCH 21, 2015: It was a moment of pride and honour for all the boscoites here in the Borivli educational complex as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the priestly ordination of their Principal, Fr. Donald Fernandez on March 20, 2015.

The programme started by welcoming Fr. Donald to the stage along with Mrs. Dorothy Fernandez, the mother of Fr. Donald, Fr. William Falcao, the Rector and Fr. Baptist Monteiro , the Administrator of the
Don Bosco educational complex along with the coordinators of each section and the PTA members. The theme for this programme was 'Chosen to be the light of the World'.

Thereafter, Fr. Falcao spoke about the contributions of Fr. Donald to the educational field and also to the Don Bosco educational campus. He also spoke about the meaning of priesthood and how lucky and honoured a person is, who completes 25 years of priesthood.

Mrs. Rose, coordinator of the NIOS addressed the staff, students and others who were present for the programme. She spoke of Fr. Donald as a very influential person and a very strong personality. She mentioned his student- centered approach of Fr. Donald and his supportive and motivational nature. This was followed by the cake cutting and felicitation ceremony.

The students expressed
their love and gratitude towards their principal through dance and song. The students of the pre-primary danced on an action song while the students of the secondary school sang a song, the lyrics of which were specially written for Fr. Donald.

Finally, Fr. Donald spoke about his journey from childhood to priesthood. He spoke about his life experiences and the ups and downs in his journey and the support received from his parents throughout his journey. The programme came to an end with Mrs. Neelam delivering a vote of thanks on behalf of the staff, students and management.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


by Mr. Amar Prabhu

KURLA-MUMBAI, MARCH 19, 2015: Industrial training has traditionally been seen as potent grooming for a professional career of a student who has passed SSC. It is also the common method of harvesting skilled technicians. One of the biggest challenges as well as advantage that India faces today, is its growing young population. The average Indian will be approx. only 29 years old by2020.The Government of India aims to create 500 million skilled workers by 2022. There is some uncertainty with regard to reaching this goal. 

One of the reasons for this is the recent draconian changes introduced by the government that have dealt a body blow not only to the institutions offering Technical Training but even worse, the huge burden thrust on enrolled students  concerning the teaching learning as well as assessment of this two year Certificate of Competency program.  It was not surprising therefore that Principals and faculty members from different corners of Maharashtra  and a few neighbouring states gathered under the aegis of Association of Non-Government ITIs (ANGITI),  at St. Joseph's Industrial Training Institute, DBCL, Kurla on March 15, 2015. 

The purpose of the meeting of these heads of institutions with years of experience was to discuss the merits and demerits of the changes introduced by the government regarding the functioning of Technical Training Institutes and to unitedly present proposals that would best contribute to making the young employable achieve targets as set by the Government of India. The gathering was addressed by Mr. Shahane, Vice President- Corporate Training Tech., L&T and Chairman of Mentor –Council Production Sector, DGE&T  the Chief Guest for the day. He noted that training needed to be industry relevant, and the stake holders – Institute, State & the Central Government – needed to work together to make Mission 2026 a reality. 

The presence of Shri Vinod Tawde- Technical & Higher Technical Education Minister, Maharashtra, was quite motivating for everyone since a face to face question and answer session was held. The participants brought to his notice several anomalies in the new policies concerning the way Technical Institutions are called to function. Institutions which had permanent affiliation were required to get re-affiliated. The fee for both old and new applicants is Rs. 75,000/-. QCI inspection is required to be recommended for affiliation. This would happen every three years. All institutions would have to be accredited, even brand new ones. This was indeed very puzzling. Institutions would be graded by one of three agencies for a fee of Rs. 50,000/- or more. No mention is made as to what benefits institutions would receive after being accredited. 

The Semester Pattern introduced was severely thrashed. If students would be assessed every six months, this would result in a rushed theoretical teaching and very little or no exposure to practical skills, so very essential to a technician. It was shown how the syllabus has been drawn up with no consultation with SMEs or Small Scale industries. So it does not match industrial skill requirement that would ensure a job on completion of course. There is no logical flow of skill learning and the equipment list does not match the syllabus. With no hands on training on machines the young person is ill equipped for a job in the industry. 

The new assessment pattern is complicated and severely loaded against the student. The Optical Magnetic Reading method used is so very difficult for students to understand. Negative marking, clubbing of subjects, re-exams in both even if someone fails in one of the two subjects, this is a recipe for the dropout numbers to soar or even dissuade students from joining technical courses thus adding to the social problems. No where in the world is the semester pattern used for Certificate of Competency courses.

 All the members strongly felt that there has been a sheer lack of understanding of the kind of candidate who takes up technical courses. Distaste for long theoretical classroom based learning, slow at grasping concepts, preference for hands on approach are some of their characteristics. Learning through doing and preference for assessment of what the student can do in the required competency upto the required proficiency are some of the reasons why students opt and prefer Competency based technical courses. This new pattern that Technical institutions are obliged to follow has no consideration for the student at all and would be disastrous for all concerned.
The Honourable Minister assured the audience that necessary amendments would be made benefiting the skill development program for the ITIs in Maharashtra. Mr. Pathak - Director Advance training Institute- Mumbai Representative deputed by DGET –New Delhi also acknowledged the necessity to bring necessary changes in the current policies and showed willingness to work at implementing changes.

Mr. Amarr G. Prabhu- Principal, St. Joseph's Industrial Training Institute and the Treasurer of ANGITI thanked the participants who had travelled from far and near to unitedly express their views to the government and in the process recognizing that the nine thousand private ITI's in the country should have a greater say in formulating policies with regard to skills training.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


by Tr. Kirtida Bhat

NERUL-NAVI MUMBAI, MARCH 17, 2015: The yearly event of celebrating the Annual Day of Pre - Nursery and Playgroup was held on March 13, 2015. The event marks yet another glorious feather in the cap of Dominic Savio's kindergarten. The event themed "SEASONS" aptly suited the tiny tots in their brightly colored costumes depicting various seasons.

The programme commenced at 11:00 a.m. with the escorts leading the dignitaries to assembly hall followed by the felicitation ceremony by our tiny tots. A total of 172 children participated in the programme. Pre - nursery kids performed a welcome dance to welcome the gathering.

 As per the theme, children from Playgroup sections performed dances on various seasons, namely 'Spring, Summer, Rainy and Winter'.  The final performance was given by parents of playgroup section on a medley of 'Hindi songs'.

The objective of the event was achieved as audiences were left mesmerized with the performances and children got an opportunity to showcase their talents and skills, which would boost their confidence. It was an eventful morning comprising of beautiful performances by the children and their parents.

The performances were appreciated and enjoyed by one and all. All the teachers under the guidance of their supervisor and with the help of the parents were seen in perfect coordination throughout the event, which was highly appreciated by the Supervisors and Fr. Principal.


by Jennifer

NERUL-NAVI MUMBAI, MARCH 17, 2015: The "Thanksgiving Day" programme was presented by the students of primary section on March 14, 2015 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by Teachers Rivita, Debjani, Jagruti, Meena, Maithali, and Jyotsna under the guidance of the supervisors.

The programme began with the school prayer followed by the school anthem. A small skit based on "Gratitude"was then presented. It was followed by a prayer song "If I Were A Butterfly" and a dance on the song-"Hai Junoon" that encouraged us to keep the passion of goodness alive in us every day.

The "Thanksgiving Day" programme ended with a vote of thanks by Tr. Rivita.  Fr. Principal gave few instructions to the students. Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

Monday, March 16, 2015


by Fr. Mario

KURLA-MUMBAI, MARCH 16, 2015: Caring, for youth and environment, is a focus area of the Salesians of Don Bosco worldwide based on the sound belief that growth must be environmentally sound and widespread to reduce poverty and build collective prosperity for present and future generations. And measures to accomplish it are ongoing at every Don Bosco Institution in India and abroad.

At Don Bosco Kurla, an International Conference Technologies for Sustainable Development on a significantly large scale was held from February 4-6 , 2015   befitting the 50th Anniversary of the Campus at Kurla and also the Bicentenary of the birth of its founder Don Bosco.  The Conference resulted in the setting up of a research Centre for Social Development on the campus.

The Conference, in  technical association with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, successfully brought together national and international community of experts to present state-of-the-art know - hows, new research results, perspectives of future developments and innovative applications on pertinent topics covering Energy, Agriculture, Water,  Waste Management,  Transportation, Green Skills and Green Habitats relevant to Technologies for Sustainable Development.

There were 4 Plenary Sessions, 19 Technical Sessions in 3 Tracks, 4 Invited talks and over 85 oral paper presentations drawn from 242 submissions subsequent to a strict review mechanism that ensured high technical quality. Six authors remotely presented their papers online through video conferencing. All the sessions were well attended and the quality of interaction was also of the highest standards.  

Our esteemed guest from India and abroad included Fr Godfrey D'Souza, sdb, Provincial, Salesians of Don Bosco,  Dr. Aravind Chinchure, Chair Professor of  Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Symbiosis International University Pune,  Mr Michael Mager, Executive Board Member Human Resources  and  Organisation and Director of Labour Relations at GROHE AG, Germany, Dr Leisa Armstrong , Senior Lecturer, School of Computer  and Security  Science at Edith Cowan University, Australia  and  Mr Hans –Jurgen Dorrich, Director  of Corporate Coperation, Don Bosco Mondo e.V., Germany.

The Keynote Session at the inauguration was followed by four power packed Plenary talks  delivered with much enthusiasm by our celebrated speakers, Dr. Baylon Fernandes, Professor & HOD, Electrical Engineering, IIT Powai,   Dr. Anil W. Date, Emeritus Fellow & Rahul Bajaj Chair Professor of Dept of Mechanical Enginneering , IIT Mumbai,  Dr. A. B. Pandit, UGC Research Scientist (C), Professor at University Institute of Chemical Technology, university of Mumbai and Dr. B. Satyanarayana, Scientific  Officer (G), Dept.  Of High Energy Physics, TIFR, Mumbai. The audience was spell bound by their nuanced mastery over the subject and the passion and simplicity with which they conveyed seemingly difficult ideas. Their advocacy of technologies for sustainable development has inspired the faculty and staff of Don Bosco Kurla to take up new projects in environment and livelihood skills.

Reflecting years of relentless pursuit of their passion for sustainable development, case studies were presented by Fr. Xavier Devadas sdb, Incharge of  Eco & Youth Animation at Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha , Karjat, on Human Centered Technology; Br Alex Gonsalves, sdb, Administrator, DB Walvanda Palghar, on Watershed Management-Dongargaon Village Ahmednagar  and Mr. Ashok Kalbag, Secretary for Indo–US Collaboration  for  Engineering Education (IUCEE) on technology for Rural entrepreneurship and Empowerment.

An exhibition displaying products using sustainable technologies in the areas of waste, solar et al which included products created by women empowered through a green skills development program conducted by Don Bosco Centre for Learning. There was also a special track for ideas presented by students from different colleges. All this was possible due to the overwhelming support from our sponsors whose kind gesture and partnership made this Conference a reality.
At the close of the Conference, Principal, Dr Prasanna Nambiar, DBIT announced the decision to set up a research Centre for Sustainable Development on the Campus. Work will begin on do-able 'Made in India' technologies for the renewable energy, water and waste management sectors that would lead to economical and sustainable development for the common man in India. We look forward to more corporate partnerships for research in sustainable projects.

In organizing this event the faculty staff and students of DBIT planned and executed this event excellently well. The buzz of interaction between guests, students and speakers was electrifying. And the best outcome of it all The International Conference was not just an academic affair but a very practical one with an outcome that opens many opportunities ahead.


by Daniel Fernandes

MUMBAI-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 16, 2015: The 'Women's Welfare Force' (WWF) was formed by Don Bosco Development Society in August 2014 to encourage and strengthen underprivileged women to take up issues of women's security and protection in the slum communities of Mumbai.

A 6 months'training programme was organized for 42 women from different locations such as Sewri, Wadala, Kurla, Dharavi and Antop Hill. The programmes covered various important issues such as Personality Development, Woman's Law, Citizens'Rights, Group Management, Networking with other NGOs, Marriage and responsible parenthood, visit to a Police Station and Family Court to understand the rules and process, First Aid,etc.

The objective of the programme was to help women understand their role as a member of society, to assist the women in accessing their rights and entitlements and facilitate their participation in local governance, to develop women leaders to take up women's issues in their own communities.

A function to felicitate these women on their successful completion of the 6 months long course was organized on March 12, 2015. The 42 women who underwent the training were given certificates by Fr. Savio Silveira. Fr. Savio appreciated the keen interest and the active participation of the women all through the training programme. He emphasized that they should now be active leaders in their own basti communities, leaders who ensure women's security and well-being.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


by BIS Correspondent

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARAHSTRA, MARCH 14, 2015: In commemoration of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Salesians of Don Bosco (Ahmednagar Region) organized a "Youth Dhamaka" on March 8, 2015 which was attended by over 210 youngsters from nine parishes of the region. The theme was 'Called to be Leaders' with special focus on Don Bosco's constant exhortation to his boys of being honest citizens and good Christians. Fr. Rolvin D'Mello was the main coordinator for the event.

The event began at 9.00 a.m. with registration of the participants. Breakfast was then served as quite a few of them were from distant rural parishes. Lighting of the lamp and a welcome note by Fr. Manuel Murzello followed at 10.00 a.m. The participants were divided into 12 teams, each named after a saint and with its own colour coded badge. 

Action songs and icebreakers helped get them into the mood for the event. Mr. Anant Patil, Chief Editor of the Lokmat Newspaper in Ahmednagar then gave a talk on "Being good leaders and honest citizens", which was inspiring and well received by the participants. After a game and a small break, they attended the Holy Eucharist with Fr. George D'Abreo preaching an insightful sermon. 

Post lunch the various groups presented skits on burning social issues. The enthusiasm and creativity of the participants was noteworthy and appreciated by all. This was followed by a talk by Mr. Ian Lemos on youth leadership and ownership in the church, with insights into the benefits and dangers of over reliance on tools of communication especially mobile phones. 

A charismatic adoration was organized after which, Fr. Thomas D'Costa addressed the youth on the topic 'Jesus' Call' and emphasized on the need to listen and respond to the call of Jesus. This joyous and fun filled day ended with tea and snacks and an impromptu jam session. All the youth were given a souvenir each as they left.

The youth were highly appreciative of the creative and wholehearted efforts of the organizing team (Frs. Rolvin, Goyal and George) and all the animators as they went back inspired and committed to adopting the values they imbibed.

Friday, March 13, 2015


by Fr. Mario Vaz

KURLA-MUMBAI, MARCH 13, 2015: The House Council, Principals and some departmental heads of the Don Bosco Centre for Learning Institutions of Kurla met to deliberate the drawing up of the Academic Plan for the year 2015- 2016 on March 3, 2015.

After the opening prayer by the Rector, Fr. Adolph Furtado enumerated what he wished to see as part of the Academic plan; a calendar of events to be drawn up, compliance of staff and infrastructure requirements, an admission process in place and a handbook for students that would detail how we conduct the course. If any of the institutions would be opting for Accreditation then it would need to be shown how they would be going about it. It was suggested that some events organized on campus could be kept open for participation by students across institutions of the campus. 

It was also suggested that institutions need to work within the budget. By the end of May all staff would require to attend sessions on the "Don Bosco Way"- which is the Preventive System - and Conversational English. Recognizing the strong synergy that exists among the various institutes on campus and the collaborative action between them, it was necessary to have a common identity from which emerges the Vision and Mission of DBCL. 

This would enable the Salesians to discern future plans and define the DBCL Campus Culture. Fr. Cyril D'Souza, the Campus Minister at DBCL in his presentation "Defining the DBCL Campus Culture" stated the Mission and Vision of DBCL which over the years has already become a reality on this campus. "We call ourselves a Centre for Learning because our style of functioning is expressed in transmitting knowledge and skills specific to students' specialization, yet concentrating on empowering them to become "good human beings and honest citizens". In essence this would be our end product." Fr. Cyril then elaborated on what the Ideal Profile of a DBCL student could be.

A screening tool to scan the salient aspects of DBCL students was then demonstrated. The purpose is to find out what DBCL students generally experience on external fronts; the major factors that bear on the life of a DBCL student; how the teaching faculty and management can improve facilities for a better student life and help to draw up a checklist of items to be addressed.

Professor Shiv Negi and Professor Guna Shekar then demonstrated other software developed by Don Bosco Institute of Technology and currently in use at the institute. It was recommended that all institutions on campus use this software to facilitate teaching learning processes as well as administration. The softwares  made available to the institutions were: online feedback of faculty by students, computerized student attendance, performance details of tests, response to daily questions, with possibility of reporting to parents directly. 

Employee Timesheet with an activity log of time spent by faculty daily; Performance Appraisal system of all Staff with individual reports; Peer feedback for students on six parameters and software to take care of all calculations and generate reports at the time of assessment. An E-Service book, accepted by the University is also available.

The participants lauded the efforts of the IT and Computer team that had designed the software in accordance with needs of DBCL institutions. They also welcomed the idea of developing a Campus Culture for DBCL and resolved that they would co-operate along with their staff to make it a reality.


by Tr. Diana Rayan

NERUL-NAVI MUMBAI, MARCH 13, 2015: The term 'ValueEducation' refers to the educating children about the values which are set forth as being a solid standard for living one's life.
It is taught in schools and colleges in order to make the students aware of the importance of values and to inculcate those values in their life. Value Education Programme is one of the important aspects of the education process in Dominic Savio Kindergarten.  It was presented through a stage programme where children present a value through a skit, dance and video.

The assembly programme was presented by the students of Preparatory C under the guidance of Tr. Diana Rayan on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 for Pre – Preparatory and Preparatory classes in the assembly hall of Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul.

The basic objective of the programme is to impart good values, develop speaking skills and stage confidence.The value of this assembly programme was "To have a thankful heart". Children took the opportunity to show gratitude towards management and staff of Dominic Savio Kindergarten.

Fr. Manager, Fr. Principal, Supervisor ma'am and teachers felt that the value of gratitude was well portrayed and filled with creative ideas. Parents were thrilled to see their children performing on the stage. Teachers, parents and students equally enjoyed the programme.


by Jennifer

NERUL-NAVI MUMBAI, MARCH 13, 2015: The Value Education Programme based on "DON BOSCO THE MAN OF LOVE AND KINDNESS" was presented by the students of class I C on March 10, 2015 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their class teacher Ms.Vinaya Valsan under the guidance of the supervisors.

The Programme began with the School Prayer followed by School Anthem. A small skit based on Don Bosco System of Education gave a glimpse of educative method used in our school to change the lives of students. It was followed by a dance on the hymn "Thy Love and Kindness".

The assembly programme ended with a vote of thanks by Tr. Vinaya Valsan.  Fr.Wilfred D'souza gave a Noon Talk emphasizing upon the Love and |Kindness. Thereafter, the Principal gave few instructions to the students. Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall, the programme was a great success.


by Daniel Fernandes

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, MARCH 13, 2015: Don Bosco Development Society in association with Greater Mumbai Co-operative Bank, RG Stone Hospital - Khar and Don Bosco Alumni – Matunga Unit, organized and jointly conducted a Medical Health Camp for the marginalized and underprivileged Women of the SHGs from various centres such as Sewri, Dharavi, Kurla, Wadala and Antop hill.

The Medical Health camp was organised on the premises of Don Bosco Provincial House on March 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a part of the International Women's Day celebration.

The entire Medical Health Camp was done absolutely free of cost without charging any fees from the beneficiaries. The main objective of this event was to create awareness of the killer disease of Cancer as well as the other health related sickness pertaining to excess weight, blood pressure and the likes. A total of 555 women attended this camp and availed of the facilities and benefits. 

The Medical Health Camp began at 10 a.m. on the 7th with an inaugural ceremony that highlighted the objective of conducting the camp, a brief on the various critical illness, cure and treatment and various medical test diagnostic process.

The Medical Health Camp was inaugurated by Fr. Savio Silveira – Executive Director of Don Bosco Development Society along with the dignitaries Mrs. Vaishali Palande – Officer – CRM Cell of Greater Bombay Co-operative Bank and Mr. Kailash Parekh – Secretary of the Don Bosco Alumni – Matunga Unit.

The medical tests that were administered included Diabetes, BP (Blood Pressure) and BMI (Body Mass Index), PAP Smear Test and Gynaec Consultation on their personal problems. The reports of the tests will be delivered within 15 days to the respective persons through DBDS. Free Sonography card for the entire family and free gynaec consultation on the PAP Smear Report on appointment basis has been provided for the benefit of the women who attended the Medical Health Camp.

Free Sonography includes enlarged prostate, kidney stone, gall bladder stone, Hernia, Uterine Fibroid, Ovarian Cyst, and Appendicitis & Piles. Benefits related to income planning, savings and loans were also provided to the benefits of the women present at the camp.


by Fr. Brian Moras, sdb

OROS-KUDAL, MARCH 13, 2015: The 10th of March, 2015 was an enjoyable day for the students of Don Bosco, Oros as the school celebrated the Value-Education day.  The Pre-Novitiate Course Boys were also invited for the event.  The PNC boys had been taking Value-Education classes for the students of Std. V-IX.  This year the classes were on the life and Mission of Don Bosco,  being the bicentenary year of his birth.

 The Chief Guest for the day was Rev. Fr. Bernardino Almeida, sdb, the coordinator of the Evangelisation and Catechesis Dimension for the Province of Panjim. All the classes from Std. V-VII put up short items based on values from the life of Don Bosco. The PNC Boys put up a skit, "Piece, not Pieces," culminating their item with the song "Sleeping Child," which was sung by the very famous group, 'Michael Learns to Rock,' using the image of a child to symbolize peace, goodness and humility. 

Fr. Bernardino gave an inspiring message to the students focusing on Don Bosco's Mission of making his boys 'Honest Citizens and Good Human Beings'.  He also stressed respect for elders, teachers and living by good values.  The PNC boys were then felicitated for the Value Education Classes that they took for the school youngsters.

After the programme, there was a brief session by Fr. Bernadino for the staff and PNC boys.  This was followed by an evaluation done on the Value-Education classes conducted for the year by the principal, Fr. Clive Telles, sdb.  All were asked to give their suggestions for making Value Education Classes more effective in the coming year and the suggestions were noted down. 

Fr. Brian Moras, sdb then thanked the Principal, Salesians and the staff of Don Bosco Oros, for the opportunity as also their help and support that the PNC boys received in conducting the classes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


by Prakash Wagh

WALVANDA-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 12, 2015: Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) organized a skill training programme on 'Dosa making' for the tribal women of Jawhar and Mokhada Talukas on March 10, 2015. This training was part of the series of trainings organized by the organization for Poverty alleviation and livelihood training programme.

This programme was implemented through the support of India Infoline Ltd. (IIFL Foundation). One hundred and twelve women participated in the skill training programme. Mr. and Mrs. Shankar and Mr. Prashant from Vasai were the three main resource persons for the skill training programme.

Ingredients for Dosa making, procedure, ingredients and process for different types of chutneys were explained to the participants. Demonstrations were also given. Participants were motivated to start an income generation programme during the training.  Equipments required to start a Dosa making unit with its budget were explained to the participants.

Fr. Anaclete D'Mello, Director-BSVS conceived and initiated this programme for the poverty alleviation of this area. He encouraged and motivated the participants through his presence during the entire programme.


by Fr. McEnroe Lopes

WADALA-MUMBAI, MARCH 12, 2015: On March 7, 2015 the parish youth of St. Dominic Savio Parish Wadala (E) organized a Night vigil as part of Parish Lenten mission. A well planned and executed vigil helped the parishioners to spend a quality time in the presence of the Lord.

Two preachers, Fr. Cleophas Braganza SDB and Fr. Maria Anthony helped the people to reflect on Word of God and having a meaningful celebration of Lent, with their powerful preaching. The two Gospel bands The Assorted and Echoes of Zion, made the worship vibrant right from the start.  Their presence brought a lot of liveliness and helped people to pray. 

During the vigil 'Jesus bringing redemption through the Cross' was symbolically inacted by people who came one after another and nailing the cross as a sign of Jesus taking away our sins by dying on the cross and bringing redemption. 

A moment was dedicated to remember and pray for all Christians especially those in India who were persecuted. During this time the people lighted candles on the map of India while a song of peace was sung. The parishioners expressed a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude for this very innovative Night Vigil.

Monday, March 9, 2015


by Jerry VM

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 9, 2015: Four MPh candidates of Divyadaan Salesian Institute, Nashik successfully completed the defense of their dissertations on March 5, 2015. Submission of a research paper on a philosophical theme is one of the requirements in the fulfillment of the Masters in Philosophy.  Onimon Kanai, Manoj Kumar, Nelson Mudaliar and Christopher Xavier defended their  papers before a panel of three professors in the presence of other faculty members and students.  

Onimon Kanai presented a paper The Concept of Freedom according to Eric Fromm. He argued that human freedom is the central characteristic of human nature. He also presented the three ways in which an individual can attempt to escape freedom through three mechanisms namely, authoritarianism, destructiveness and automaton conformity.

 John D Caputo's Post-metaphysical Religion was the theme presented by Manoj Kumar. It gave a postmodern twist to the Christian understanding of religion and God. He emphasized Caputo's understanding of religion as one of love, forgiveness, justice and service to the needy.

Attachment Theory according to John Bowlby was presented in a nutshell by Nelson Mudaliar. He presented various kinds of relationships that a person can have in his or her lifetime. The attachment theory holds that human nature is fundamentally relational, owing to a person's predisposition to exist through attachments.

The fourth paper presented by Christopher Xavier dealt with Knowledge as a Way of Living: An Enquiry into the Cognitive Enterprise of Daya  Krishna. He showed that the human mind is not satisfied with what is known or what it is certain about; rather it researches for what is unknown. So this sincere desire for knowledge and truth is what gives prime importance to one's life.

Each of the candidates had fifteen minutes to present the summary of his dissertation after which the panel consisting of the guide, the reader and the moderator sought clarifications and explanations pertaining to the paper. All of them exhibited commendable mastery over their subjects in answering the questions posed to them. It was indeed a learning experience for all present as the presentations enabled them to deepen their philosophical outlook towards human life as a whole.


by  Jeswin Mastan

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 9, 2015: It was indeed a blessing for the brothers at Divyadaan to have the workshop on Salesian Youth Ministry which was conducted by Fr.'s Ajoy Fernandes and Glenford Lowe Sdb from March 5-7, 2015. Forty seven brothers participated in the workshop.

The three days of the workshop were well planned and had a systematic flow. The book 'Salesian Youth Ministry – Frame of Reference' was summarized and explained in brief. It enabled brothers to look at Youth Ministry from a different perspective.

Ministry experiences, the present situations and the needs of the young were creatively presented to the brothers. The brothers were also made aware of the planning mentality which is very much needed in youth ministry.

Emphasis was laid upon the 4 P's that the youth ministry was based on: they are Professional, Principled, Passionate and Prophetic. Formulation of (EPP) Educational Pastoral Planning, monthly planning, advertising, ground rules, volunteer management, flow chart exercise, documenting and budgeting were the various themes that were dealt with in  the three-day workshop.

Various other innovative activities were held during the workshop. The positive and overwhelming feed backs of the brothers in the concluding session expressed that everyone was appreciative of the programme.