by Father Joaquim Fernandes
MUMBAI, MAY 30, 2016: Five Salesians made their perpetual profession on May 24 - Feast of Mary Help of Christians - at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Clerics Jerome Aruldas, Xavier Bandya, Bosco Carvalho, Mavron Fernandes and Clarence Martis committed themselves forever through their religious profession.
Father Godfrey D`Souza, Provincial of the Mumbai province was the main celebrant and received the perpetual vows of the clerics.
Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial and nearly 60 Salesian priests joined at the Holy Mass celebration. The family members of the clerics were also present.
Father D'Souza in his homily asked the perpetually professed clerics to thank God for the gift of vocation given to them. He thanked the parents of the clerics for offering their sons to God and to the congregation.
The candidates came forward individually and pronounced their vows to commit themselves totally to the Lord. Father D'Souza and the concelebrants welcomed the brothers with their fraternal embrace, for their dedication to the Church and to the congregation as perpetually professed members.
The ceremony came to its conclusion with a short felicitation programme followed by a fellowship dinner.