Saturday, August 20, 2016


by Cl Chris Ferreira and Cl Lawrence Vincent


BARODA, AUG 20, 2016: Ten Practical trainees from the Salesian Province of Mumbai, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh met at Don Bosco, Makarpura for a one-day orientation programme, which was animated by Father Savio Silveira, the Vice- Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai, on August 18. 


The day began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in which Father Silveira stressed on the importance of consecrated life. He also said, "Future priests are expected to give witness by wearing on the garment of consecrated life which includes their evangelical vows, their community life and their apostolic mission."


In the first session, Father Silveira dealt with the issue of reduced efficiency on account of burnouts or depression due to work pressure. He further emphasised on the importance of being emotionally balanced in stressful situations.

In the second session, he assisted the practical trainees in drafting a more concrete plan of life for effective work. "The change", Father Silveira said, "would begin with creativity."


The programme ended with an evaluation session and a short prayer. "All in all, it was a great day for relaxation and a relief from the mundane activities," Cleric Sachin Manjul said. "I benefited a lot from these timely prepared sessions," Cleric Nirdosh Kindo, added.

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