Thursday, February 11, 2016


by Chris Valentino


LONAVLA, FEB 10, 2016: The third day of the Provincial Chapter 2016 of the Salesian province of Mumbai, began with the Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharistic celebration ushering in the season of Lent on February 10.


Father Elson Barretto, the principal celebrant, invited the capitulars to 'rend their hearts and not their garments' by becoming mystics, prophets and servants through re-looking at praying, fasting and alms giving. 


The roll call followed by the reading and the passing of the summary minutes of day two, set the tone for the days proceeding.  


Three policies for the Salesian province of Mumbai were presented on the third day. Father Savio Silveira, Father Ivan De Souza and Father Solomon Rapol respectively presented the policy for including lay people in leadership roles, the policy for parishes and the vocation policy.


The redrafted documents of Commission One - Reshaping Our Consecrated and Community Life, Commission Two - Reshaping our Formation and Mission and Commission Three - Reshaping Education Ministry were presented. Then comments and suggestions elicited with indicative straw votes were gathered.

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