by Chris Valentino
LONAVLA, FEB 13, 2016: The final day of Provincial Chapter 2016 of the Mumbai Salesian province, witnessed the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by the Provincial, Father Godfrey D'Souza on February 13 in Lonavla.
" Fasting is not an end in itself, it is an inner compunction of the heart that invites us to be other - centred and be clear about our identity as men of God, who go about doing good," said Father D'Souza.
Beginning with the roll call and the passing of the previous day's summary minutes, the Chapter moderator, Father Ajoy Fernandes set the tenor for the day.
Procedures and voting rights were explained, following which the capitulars set about their task in right earnest. The six commissions each presented their final documents, which were put to vote.
All the documents with the incorporated suggestions and modifications were successfully voted for. Three new Policies - the Policy for Lay Persons in Leadership Roles, the Vocation Policy and the Parish Policy with their modifications incorporated in the final document, were also successfully voted for.
Father Ajoy Fernandes proposed the Vote of Thanks and invited Father Joaquim D'Souza to present each capitular with a special 'Year of Mercy' memento.
The Provincial, Father Godfrey D'Souza thanked the Chapter moderator Father Ajoy Fernandes, his councillors and the confreres of Don Bosco Lonavla before declaring Provincial Chapter 2016 officially closed.
The drafting committee comprising of Fathers Ajoy, Vinod and Valerian will work on the final edit of the Chapter Document - Reshaping our Consecration and Mission.