Tuesday, February 9, 2016


by Chris Valentino 

LONAVLA, FEB 9, 2016: The second day of the Provincial Chapter (PC) 2016, of the Salesian Province of Mumbai, began with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Father Ivan De Souza on February 9. 

In his homily, Father De Souza quoted the Salesian Constitutions saying, "The highest knowledge is to know Jesus Christ and that our greatest delight is to reveal to all the people the unfathomable riches of his mystery." He urged those present to look at Jesus through the eyes of Don Bosco.

The sessions began with the role call, reading and the passing of the summary minutes of day one by Father Vinod Mascarenhas. Commission Three - 'Reshaping Education Ministry', Commission Four - 'Reshaping Youth at Risk and Development Works Ministry', Commission Five - ' Reshaping Parish and Mission Ministry' and Commission Six - ' Reshaping Youth Ministry and Social Communications' presented their draft documents.

The capitulars, after listening to the commission presentations, suggested modifications to either the lines of action or the objectives of each draft.

In the evening, 'Keeping the Faith' - Festschrift for Father Joaquim D'Souza, was released to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of his religious life. Articles on Intellectual Faith, Purifying Faith and Communicative Faith, edited by Father Ivo Coelho was also released by the Provincial, Father Godfrey D'Souza.  

Later, the central coordinating commission of the PC 2016, met along with the moderator Father Ajoy Fernandes to rework their draft documents and prepare the final documents.

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