Saturday, June 30, 2018

BIS # 5572 CALL TO SERVE IN THE LORD’S VINEYARD



The Salesians of the Province of Mumbai bid farewell to the two young Clerics: Sheldon Dias and Nilesh Dodiyar during the Eucharistic celebration celebrated by Father Godfrey D’Souza, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai at the Don Bosco Provincial House Chapel along with the neighbouring Salesian Community members on the Wednesday 27th July, 2018.

Father Godfrey D’Souza during the sermon exhorted them to live by the constitution and enumerated on the points given by Don Bosco to the Salesians on their 1st missionary expedition in 1875. He encouraged both the Clerics to "bear good fruits and to be in union with God always”.

Cleric Sheldon Dias is a man on a mission. He has opted for the Salesian missions and entrusted his future in the hands of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Father Ángel Fernández Artime, the 10th successor of Don Bosco. He has been assigned to The Gambia, AFO Province. At present, Father Jose Elegbede is the Provincial of this region. Brother Dias left for Rome where he will first learn Italian and then after a preparatory course will be given the missionary Cross and sent to a Salesian mission station.

His father Mr. Victor Dias, presently works as an Insurance agent and is part of the association of the Legionary of Mary. His mother Mrs. Leera Dias, Salesian Co-operator from Don Bosco Borivali, is currently a counsellor in Bosco Boys Home, Borivali. He is the youngest son and has two older sisters Siana and Serene. When his parents enrolled him at Don Bosco, Lonavla boarding in standard nine, they never envisioned this future for their son, yet they have been very supportive in giving their only son to God.

"I have always been in a Salesian school, so I am very enthused by the Salesians. I met and spoke to Father Clifford Morias a Salesian priest who went on a mission to Papua New Guinea and I felt very inspired," Brother Dias said.

His attraction to serve in unchartered territories began with his training in the missions in Gujarat, where he handled tribal boys. He lived their lifestyle and felt that his contribution to their growth was one of the most enriching experiences in his life. He completed his Technical Studies in Welding at Don Bosco Vyawasaik Prashikshan Kendra, Chinchwad and also enjoyed working with poor youth in a technical set up.

Cleric Nilesh Dodiyar has been assigned by the Rector Major to Belgium. His father Mr. Dhuliya Dodiyar is a farmer and his mother Mrs. Sabina Dodiyar is a housewife. They are from Banswara District, Tambesara, Rajasthan. He is the second child and has three brothers Jitendra, Shailender and Rohit.

Brother Dodiyar studied with the Holy Cross Sisters at Shanti Sadan. "I went to Don Bosco, Kapadvanj to learn English. I had planned to join The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin but after visiting the vocation camp at Don Bosco, Kapadvanj, I decided to join the Salesians. The Salesians have a great rapport with the poor youngsters and I loved the rural mission work and this inspired me," said Brother Dodiyar. He completed his initial formation and has now completed his Bachelor of Philosophy from the Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Divyadaan, Nashik. He added, "I thank my formators for having guided me to discern my calling for this way of life. I guess I will need to learn a few foreign languages to work in the mission of Belgium viz, French, Dutch and German.


Brother Micheal Gaikwad is one of the Saleisans who inspired me to go to the missions and work for the Lord's vineyard. I prefer to work for the migrants, especially the refugees. It was really great working in the mission of Gujarat.."


BIS #5571 NEW BIOGAS UNITS FOR POOR FARMERS

by Father Rolvin D’Mello
AHMEDNAGAR, JUNE 29, 2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) in its efforts towards working for a greener planet, inaugurated a ‘Rural Biogas Project’ for 30 poor farmers in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, to be implemented by Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK), a partner organisation of DBDS.
Father Rolvin D’Mello, Executive Director – DBDS, speaking at the inauguration of the project, said that it was the need of the hour. He also thanked the funding organisation Van Amerigen Foundation for their support and especially Clarence for his unrelenting help. The other esteemed guests to grace the event were, Father George D’Abreo, Director – BGVK, Murlidar Pallve, President – Village Watershed Committee, and two German students, Nadine and Lisa.

“Biogas is a sustainable source of energy, it is eco-friendly, economic, locally available and conducive to the health. The by-products of biogas can be used in fields to promote organic farming. We are very fortunate to have the Biogas project in our village and thank the Foundation for this thoughtful initiative,” Father D’Abreo, said.
Farmers from five different villages were very grateful to Don Bosco and Van Amerigen Foundation for the wonderful and sustainable intervention.

Friday, June 29, 2018

BIS #5570 ORIENTATION FOR YOUTH MINISTERS

By Father Leon Cruz Ratinam 
MUMBAI, JUNE 28, 2018: The Youth Ministry seminar for all the Mumbai Salesian province youth ministry delegates, young priests, junior Salesian sisters, participants from Couples for Christ and Singles for Christ was held at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Mumbai from June 13 to 15. 
The animators were Father Francis Gustilo, a Salesian from the Philippines, Joanna Oliva, his niece, and a member of the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life. Both are professors of theology and are actively involved in the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life.
On the first day, Father Gustilo introduced the participants to the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) method. He first explained the entire procedure to the participants. The participants were then divided into groups and they had to go through the entire LBS method which consists of finding a common thread running through the readings, application of the message and its actualisation in concrete life situations.
The participants felt that this method of Bible study had practical application for studying the Bible in groups like SSCs, preparing homilies and helping the laity understand the Word of God better. The session ended with the participants watching the inspirational movie, 'The Shack'.
On the second day, Oliva spoke about the 'Live Pure Movement' and introduced the Theology of the Body according to St John Paul II. She spoke about original solitude and original unity. She then went on to explain to the participants the concept of five love languages and how each one differs from one another on account of our different preferences for expressing and experiencing love.

The exercise helped the participants understand themselves better and to identify the love language of those who interacted with them on a regular basis thus facilitating better understanding in relationships. The musical 'The Greatest Showman' that was screened towards the end of the day, helped the participants recognise the image and likeness of God in every individual person.
The third day had the participants focus on original nakedness, which helped them understand the dignity of every human person irrespective of differences and foster better self esteem as well. Every participant was invited to prepare their personal coat of arms, which reflected their ideals and commitments.
The three-day session ended at noon after the participants thanked the resource persons for helping them make important connections between Scripture, doctrine and individual lives that would help them in their ministry especially among the young.

BIS #5569 MONSOON MELA FOR STREET BOYS

By Brother Agnel James


 MUMBAI, JUNE 28, 2018: Monsoon is the season of joy but one also has to be wary of its major illness like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid, jaundice, diarrhea, viral fever, cold and flu. Since the boys living on the streets of Mumbai are more prone to the hazards of the season, Shelter Don Bosco in their monthly mela on June 20, aimed to create awarness about healthy living.

Around 75 boys from different parts of Mumbai came to Shelter Don Bosco, where they were edducated on taking precautionary measures during the rainy season. Salve, a nurse at Don Bosco Health Centre, Wadala, took the session on maintaing personal hygiene, especially with the use of public lavatories.

Indoor games, drawing competition, musical chairs, jam session and other activities kept the Mela lively for the youngsters, who enjoyed their day at Shelter Don Bosco.

BIS #5568 WHERE THERE IS GREENERY, LIFE PROSPERS

By Ashish Rajkumar Sanglikar 
PUNE, JUNE 28, 2018: Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Pune organised a seminar entitled 'Where there is greenery, life prospers' for the teachers of Green Alliance in preparation for the commencement of the new academic year.
Father Bosco D'Mello, the Prinicpal, introduced Father Savio Silveira, the Vince Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai and also the Director of Greenline. The seminar began with a video clip 'Man' by Steve Cuttis. The teachers were asked to reflect on the video clip and share their views.
Father Silveira then spoke about the ecological crisis facing our planet. He stressed the urgent need to protect the planet. "It is human beings who are to be blamed for the ecological imbalance and natural disaster," he said. Father Silviera also spoke about e-waste, climate change, all kinds of pollution, bio-diversity threats, health issues and habitat loss.
The teachers were further divided into groups and were asked to discuss and chalk down the problems faced by citizens of Pune. Teachers then reflected on how their schools and colleges contribute to the environmental problem of the city.
Lack of waste management, indisciplined traffic, litter along the road, poor maintenance of roads, noise and air pollution, excessive use of private vehicles for transport, use of plastic and plastic made products, increasing e-waste, increasing migration and illegal acquisition of green lands were some of the common problems faced in Pune.
After discussing the problems, teachers were asked to prepare an action plan, highlighting five major issues that the teacher - with the help of management and students - would like to take up and solve during the course of the academic year. These will be surveyed and supervised by the elected coordinators from among the teachers who will further report it to concerned authorities. Parents will also be involved by explaining it to them at Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings.
Father Silveira further requested the teachers to pledge themselves individually to protect the environment in a smaller way through their own concern. The teachers in turn pledged to reduce the use of plastic, controlling wastage, conserving electricity by switching off the lights and fans when not in use and taking care of personal gardens on terraces.
Leo D'souza, supervisor of the Jr. College, then presented a token symbolising love and appreciation on behalf of the institution and concluded the seminar.
"When I was informed of Green Alliance as the topic of the seminar, I knew it's going to be on environment and seriously I think we have been engaging ourselves too much into discussing but it's time to implement now and surely we teachers are going to take it up seriously and the changes will be noticed during the course of the year," Amit Williams, a teacher from the Junior College, said.
Another teacher, from the primary section, Arati Katore, added, "I could relate to the water related issues as I have small baby at home and being ignorant of water safety my son and we are falling ill every time. But when Father Savio pointed out of sewage water entering the drinking water, I am going to look into cleaning drinking water and also educate others about it."


Friday, June 22, 2018

BIS #5567 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE LEADERS OF THE SALESIAN PROVINCE OF MUMBAI



by Father Joaquim Fernandes

Mumbai, June. 20. The Salesian Province of Mumbai had their Leadership and Development programme for all the Leaders of the Salesian Communities at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, Mumbai from 19th-20th June, 2018. Father Savio Silveria, Vice Provincial  welcomed the  Forty Five Salesians for introspection and animation and to strengthen the charism of our Founder Don Bosco.

Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial, addressed the august audience and highlighted the key focus areas and concerns of the Province and briefed the Salesians of the important programmes for the year ahead, namely: The 13th National  BOSCOREE , a gathering of  Scouts and Guides from across India which will be held at the Don Bosco Campus, Nasik from 29th December to 3rd January 2019, The visit of the Rector Major in the month of March 2019 and the Provincial Chapter 2019. He thanked the Rectors who completed their term of office and welcomed the new Rectors as they took on new responsibilities to be Leaders in the various communities.  He stressed the need to be caring to our conferers and  to keep the charism of Don Bosco and the mission to serve the young with the heart of Christ.

Mr. Conrad Saldanha, Principal Advisor, Don Bosco College Learning, Kurla and Principal Researcher presented the Survey findings of the Mumbai Province, as part of the All India Research Project related to the Re-visioning and Re-Signification of the Salesian Mission in Asia. The Survey was done in 2016/17 for the Salesian Provincial Conference of India (SPCSA).  

The Survey evaluated the Salesians' perceptions of themselves, the perceptions of the collaborators like the Parents/Parishioners/Faculty/Staff of the Salesians and lastly the perceptions of the beneficiaries (Youth) of Salesians. The main areas covered were the Identity of the SDB, the focus on the youth, the services offered to them, and Formation.

In Mumbai a total of 777 respondents were covered comprising of 124 Salesians, 181 Parents and Parishioners, 278 Faculty and Staff, and 194 youth.  

Some of the key highlights of the findings pertaining to the Mumbai Province were the following :
a.    The Salesians need to increase their emphasis on the poorest of the poor youth.
b.    The beneficiaries feel that Salesians are providing quality education, holistic growth and
that the Preventive system is good and is a differentiating factor of the Salesians.
c.    There needs to be more emphasis on Community life. In fact Formation needs to
emphasise Community more than just individual development.
d.    The gap between Formation and Mission needs to be reduced.
e.    The Salesians need to become more authentic God centred persons.
f.     There is a great need felt in giving guidance to the young in the use of social media.
g.    Accompaniment of the youth needs to increase.
h.    Salesians need to become collaborative empowerers.  
i.     The Salesians need to be transformational in their approach and not just incremental.
j.     The beneficiaries are much more positive in their perceptions of the Salesians than the
Salesians are of themselves.

The findings were looked at in the context of the Letter of the Rector Major convoking the 28th General Chapter.

Father Manuel Murzello, Provincial Economer spoke about administrative and financial matters of the Province and recommended that the Salesians keep all the documents of their respective institutions up to date.   He congratulated Father Elson Baretto, Former Economer, for his initiative for commencing the process and obtaining the Property  card for the Don Bosco , Matunga property for perpetuity.

Father Joaquim Fernandes presented The 13th National BOSCOREE Fundrasing campaign and explained the offline and online digital campaign through the www.boscoree2018.in to raise funds to host the programme.

Father Savio Silvera briefed the gathering on the various animation programmes for the academic year and the need to better care for our younger Salesians.

The Theme of the 28th GENERAL CHAPTER- The title of the General Chapter will be: ''What kind of Salesians for the youth of today''? With this theme, we would like to study and deepen the following points: The profile of today's Salesian, and also of the Salesian of tomorrow, so that he will be able to offer the best possible answer to today's young people, especially the poorer and the ones most in need of help. Obviously it is a mission we do not carry on by ourselves, but a mission shared between Salesians and lay people.

Father Wyman Gonsalves, Moderator of the Provincial Chapter, Mumbai Province introduced the Provincial Chapter 2019 and attempted to understand the mind of the Salesian Superior General and his council. This was done through a PowerPoint presentation with direct quotes from Fr. Angel's letter convoking General Chapter 28.

The preparation process for Provincial Chapter 2019 was illustrated within a timeframe. The pre-Capitular commission consisting of Fathers Anthony Pinto, Bernard Fernandes, Lester Fernandes, Banzelao Tixeira and Brother Royston will facilitate the preparatory process.

Father Ajoy Fernandes, Director, Prafulta Psychological Services  introduced this group to the Myers-Briggs Type indicator - a very effective tool for self-understanding and getting insights into our personality types. Father Ajoy described the Myers-Briggs programme as a well accepted psychological tool used by top MNCs and corporates in their recruitment and assessment criteria. Through a series of exercises and group sharing he lead the group to understanding personality types and styles of functioning. The group actively participated in this Jungian exercise. The sessions were very appreciated.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BIS #5566 SALESIAN YOUTH MINISTRY AND THE FAMILY

by Arlene Cardoza D'cruz
MUMBAI, June 19, 2018: A two-day seminar on Salesian Youth Ministry and the Family was organised by Father Glenford Lowe at the Mumbai Provincial House on June 11 and 12, with the aim of embedding a family spirit, fortifying chaste living among the youth, recognising one's self-worth, connecting to the Divine love and building lasting liaison within the family among Salesian educators and stakeholders.
Educators across the schools of the province attended the colloquium. The guest speakers were Father Francis Gustillo sdb, Professor of Theology and Spiritual director of Couples for Christ and his niece, Joanna Oliva, a Professor at the Assumption College and an ardent missionary dedicated in pastoral care.
The first day of the session began with the introduction and the traditional welcome and prayer by Father Lowe. Father Gustillo, then animated the day by unfolding an entire spectrum of Post Modern dynamics of the family, Don Bosco's pedagogy of the family, family values from the young and methods of involving the family in the school ministry.
He stated that when there is order in the family, there will be order in society. Don Bosco's Preventive System believes in the vitality of the family unit, and so it strives to create a healthy family, be it at home or at the work place.
Father Lowe stressed that relativism, consumerism, materialism and feminism have taken its toll on relationships. They have deconstructed human life. Family values have degenerated and have become shallow. Husband and wife have no time for each other. The throw-away culture has become predominant, hence abortion, divorce, pedophilia, contraception and many other issues have grappled the society at large.
Quoting the ' Amoris Laetitia' by Pope Francis, the speakers stimulated thoughts by saying, "There are no problem children but problem marriages." Marriage beautifully carves love in the Spirit of God and hence the bond sealed in the Lord's Spirit demands selfless giving with unconditional love.
While we draw inspiration from the fount of Don Bosco's pedagogy of the family, the virtue of sanctity creates a path for the youth to holy living.  Don Bosco realised God's Divine Will. This tie to the Divine evoked in him a love for the young, invigorating fearless and selfless service in his mission of love. Eliciting further using the analogy of the Icon of the Trinity by the Russian painter Andrei Rublev, he impressively sketched out the relationship of God and man.
Father Gustillo stated that Salesian educators must assert the love of God within themselves, adding that it would draw them into doing fearless acts, while they shepherd the young in love.
The educators deliberated upon how the young could be animated in taking initiatives in mentoring their peers. Knowing that youth have great potential as leaders, Don Bosco encouraged his pupils to become mentors to each other. Saint Dominic Savio, Blessed Michael Rua, Cardinal Giovanni Cagliero were classmates who became exemplary young leaders by doing acts of charity and sacrifice.
"Believe in the young. Challenge them to do something for someone else. They have the capacity to carve out sustaining family values," Father Gustillo, said. During the latter half of the session, the teachers were divided into groups. The questions posed before the educators were, 'How do I communicate to the parents or guardians of my student their emotional state about home?', 'How can parents be involved in school activities?'  
The teachers were of common mind that there is a need for a paradigm shift, where all the stakeholders be actively involved in the education process. The challenge lies before educators to bring together a family in the classroom. Communicating to parents, increasing interaction among the young, understanding their emotional state, assigning tasks, implementing plans with the child, accompanying the child, listening and building confidence, observing the child's behaviour in proximity could create and strengthen bonds in a school environment.
On the second day, the teacher's got a deeper understanding of pure and chaste living. Oliva animated the day with simple but influential anecdotes. "The responsibility of protecting the family is not only for the parents, but also upon the youth. In the age where media is much powerful, we are in constant war with our temptations," Olivia, said.
"The youth could be powerful evangelisers of the youth. Recognising the dignity of each one would help them to forgive and love unconditionally, " she, added. Introducing 'The Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II', Oliva stated that, 'whatever pure you do with the body your soul will live.' Quoting Genesis 2: 21- 23, she elicited the concept of 'Original Solitude and Original Unity'.
It was a moment of introspection when she said, that, 'our freedom comes from our unity and that we must realise that we are brothers and sisters in the same humanity.' Oliva drew on several personal experiences to inspire the teachers. "God uses our brokenness to change us. Once we appreciate who we are, we will start moving to the purpose," Olivia, said.
The gathering was very excited to attempt 'The Love Language Test'. Love is expressed in words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Our acts of affection towards individuals may vary according to our love language; when we understand this fact, our relationship with our spouse, our children, at work or in the society will repair and will positively reciprocate.
The seminar taught the participants to accept and respect themselves. By allowing God to work in their lives and lifting up their shortcomings at his feet, they allow the Holy Spirit to work. It was an intimate time for the participants to spend with themselves, as they designed their 'Personal Coat of Arms'. The teacher's then tried to identify and non-verbally sketch the legacy of their family, their failings, their achievements, their contribution to the world, their plan to serve God in life.
Each educator had a takeaway from the two-day event. "The language of love would not only help teachers to understand individuals in their family, but would help build rapport with collogues and students at school," Suzanna Fernandez, a teacher, said.
Cheryl D'souza was deeply touched with the personal experiences that the speakers shared. The exercise of the Coat of Arms was a triggering experience that caused her to reason deeply.

"The basic change should start from the family. Good relationships could be built when we give time. One has to be connected to weave healthy and durable relationships, be it at home or at work," Vinodhani Satyaprakash, an educator, said.

BIS #5565 PREPARE AND PREVENT, DON’T REPAIR AND REPENT

By Ashish Sanglikar

PUNE, June 18, 2018: The Rashtriya Life Saving Society RLSS (I) conducted a workshop on life saving, first aid and resuscitation entitled 'Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent', for the teachers of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Pune on June 11.
Kavita Sharma who assists her husband Rear Admiral Purushottam Dutt Sharma, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd) founder of RLSS (I) along with Divanshu, Mamta Advani and other members of team conducted the workshop.
Sharma briefed teachers, at the onset, about the history of RLSS (I), its partners, associates, centres, training programmes for all the age groups (students and adults), facilities and operating methods. She narrated an incident in July 1997, when she and her husband witnessed a school bus jumping the rails of Wazirabad bridge near Delhi and plunging into the river, claiming 29 young lives.
Moved by the incident, Purushottam was inspired to launch RLSS (I) on August 2, 1998 - an organisation to empower people with lifesaving skills.  Since then, under his leadership, the society has been training youth to help people in distress, covering accidents both on land and in water.
Divanshu, trainer manager of RLSS (I) Pune, through an audio-video presentation showcased how people panic during accidents as they lack safety skills and introduced the teachers to Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
He further explained the thumb rules of safety, namely, awareness, assessment, action and aftercare. He added that the workshop only trains individuals to be first aiders and not be medical doctors.. Therefore an individual in a situation can only provide first aid safety measures till the time the victim is rushed to hospital.
Divanshu further demonstrated the safety measures that could be taken or given in times of bleeding, chocking, fracture and practically showed the methods of bandage and hand/ human stretchers.
The teachers too actively participated in the demonstration and workshop, which gave them a hands-on experience to handle situations. In the end, Kavita Sharma expressed that the RLSS (I) Pune would like to join hands with Don Bosco, Pune and extend the training programme to students and the parents as well and further reach out to more individuals through school and college.                                                      
"It is my first time that I have attended such a workshop teaching safety measure skills and being a teacher it will surely help me handle situations in the classroom and outside," Devendrasingh Thakur, a teacher, said.
"Earlier I used to get scared, and being unaware of the techniques always ran away from situations but today's session has given me the confidence to handle situations to some extent," Poonam Inderkar, another teacher, added.




BIS #5564 ZERO BUDGET NATURAL FARMING

by Ravi Bhasra

WALVANDA, June 18, 2018: Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) organised a two-day workshop on Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) for nearly 50 farmers of Jawhar block on June 11 and 12, to help them end their reliance on loans and cut their production costs.

The word 'budget' refers to credit and expenses, therefore the phrase 'Zero Budget' means without using any credit, and without spending any money on purchased input. 'Natural farming' means farming with nature and without chemicals. 

Rishikesh Ghute from Satara was the resource person for the workshop.  BSVS aims to promote ZBNF in Jawhar and Mokhada blocks of Palghar district.  In the first phase, 10 youth farmers will be selected and will be given intensive training on ZBNF.

Each trained youth farmer will then be motivated to bring into cultivation one acre of land. In the second phase, along with the one-acre farm, the youth farmer will assist two other farmers to cultivate an acre of land under ZBNF method. In the third phase, the youth farmer would then assist three new farmers to cultivate an acre of land.

In the first year, 10 acres of land would be cultivated through the ZBNF method. In the second year, 30 acres of land would be cultivated and in the third year, 60 acres of land cultivated.

This workshop was the first step of the agriculture improvement plan conceived by Father Anaclete D'Mello, Director BSVS. Gulab Vijal, a newly elected Sarpanch of Walvanda inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Father D'Mello and the main agricultural activities promotion officers of BSVS, Ravi Bhasra, Rahul Ahir and Jithendra Zole.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

BIS #5563 BOOK RELEASE AT INAUGURATION OF ACADEMIC

by Brothers Ambrose Monteiro and Ian Pinto

NASHIK, JUNE 14, 2018: The community of Divyadaan, alongside representatives of neighbouring communities, ushered in the new academic year 2018-19 on June 11, with a programme in line with the Gospel theme: "Sir, give me that water."

The celebrations began with the Holy Eucharist, which was presided over by Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai. Father Philip Gonsalves OFM Cap, Provincial of the Bonaventure province of the Capuchins, Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of Mumbai province, and Father Manuel Murzello, Economer of Mumbai province, were also present.


Following Holy Mass, a choral piece was sung by students from the first year. It was conducted by Father Kenneth Pereira. Father Robert Pen, Rector of Divydaan, then welcomed the gathering and felicitated the chief guests and guests of honour.

The Principal of Divyadaan, Father Banzelao Teixeira, presented the annual report of the last academic year. A college handbook and a calendar were then released by Father Gonsalves. He appreciated the formative work that was taking place in Divyadaan and wished the students a fruitful year ahead.

Father Brian Bandya OFM Cap, delivered the inaugural lecture on the topic 'Virtue of Care in an Anthropogenic Climate change'. He touched on the issue of climate change and the human contribution to it, while stressing on the need for an environmental virtue ethics that takes 'care' seriously.

Following his talk, there was an interactive discussion wherein doubts were clarified, questions raised and responses offered. Father Gonsalves, a professor at Divyadaan, had his book entitled 'Green Mind Over Grey Matter' released at the hands of Father Silveira.  

Father Silviera, also the Director of Greenline, an environmental initiative by the Salesians, then addressed the gathering on the relevance of the publication given the present environmental scenario.

He stressed that environmental issues must not merely remain matters for discussion and reflection, but more so to drive individuals to act smartly and decisively. 

BIS #5562 CLEAR YOUR VISION, CLEAN THE OCEAN

by Brother Agnel James

MUMBAI, JUNE 14, 2018: The boys and staff of Shelter Don Bosco celebrated Ocean Day by undertaking a cleanlieness drive at Shivaji Park Beach in central Mumbai on June 8.

The boys of Shelter Don Bosco first had an interactive session with Liza, a volunteer from Germany, who used videos on the five oceans of the world to stress on the importance of protecting our oceans. Impassioned by the session, the boys along with the staff went to the Shivai Park beach, Dadar West to do their bit for the oceans.

Though it was high tide, the police granted special permission to the senior boys to conduct the drive. The boys were all given medical hand gloves for the job. After clearing the beach in about thirty minutes, the gathering noticed the huge difference on how picturisque a clean beach actually looked.

"Though while picking the garbage I was feeling awkward, but looking at the clean beach in the end I felt like I have achieved something," a Shelter boy, said.

Ocean Day was first celebrated by International Centre for Ocean Development, Canada in 1992. The Ocean Project, partnering with many leading organisations of the world, including zoos and aquariums, started promoting this event with research and studies from 2002. The UN finally recognised the issues and problems in the ocean and officially declared the World Ocean Day in late 2008.

BIS #5561 YOUTH THRILL 2018 IN KUWAIT

by Ramona Crasto
KUWAIT, JUNE 14, 2018: Eighty Catholic youth from across Kuwait attended a fun-filled spiritual night that stretched from 8pm to 8am at Don Bosco School in Kuwait on June 7.
The night comprised of praise and worship, while also dealing with topics such as stress management, spirituality, healthy body, family, communication and time management.
The event commenced with a welcome note by spiritual director of Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY), Father Lionel Braganza. Father McEnroe Lopes, a visiting Salesian priest and the director of youth services of Mumbai province, was also present.
The youth were divided into various groups that presented different topics through skits and speeches. "The youth thrill was an event conducted with the purpose to strive to exceed expectations. The topics handled were youth-centric and relevant to issues and predicaments we have to face on a daily basis," Paloma D'Sa, a SPY animator, said.
"Even though the topics were heavy, they were executed in a lively, light and interactive way which really drove home the message. We collected feedback and all the participants were happy and asking for more of such programmes to be held."
Keynote speakers Priya Fernandes, Lloyd D'Souza, Christopher Pereira and Mercy Joseph gave lectures on topics like positivity, communication, time management and talent utilisation respectively. Staying awake at an overnight event was a challenge for Shawn Rodrigues from 'Everything is Possible in Christ (EPIC) youth group'.
"Just when I thought I might fall asleep after the delicious dinner, Mr Lloyd ignited the crowd with amazing vocal exercises and some life inspiring stories. The topics that were chosen and the resource people who shared their knowledge and experience personally has helped me to look at life with a different perspective. I pay my sincere gratitude to the organisers and members of SPY," Rodrigues, said.
Animators maintained the enthusiasm through games, action songs and short videos relating to the topics. The main highlight of the event was a short movie that was played as a part of the sermon during Holy Mass, celebrated by Father Braganza.
The event ended with the distribution of 'Exploring our Catholic faith', a book written by Bishop Camillo Ballin to every participant. SPY continues to inspire the youth through different events and encourages them to participate and be a part of the youth group in church.

BIS #5560 FOR STUDENTS…WITH LOVE

by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JUNE 14, 2018: Eighty teachers from four Salesian schools in the Mumbai district attended a workshop-seminar, conducted by Father Francis Gustilo and Joanna Marie Oliva, from the Philippines, on June 11-12 at the Don Bosco Matunga campus in Mumbai.

The event organised by the Mumbai province aimed to echo what both speakers shared during the Salesian International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family held in Madrid in November 2017.

Father Gustilo focused on the need to link Youth Ministry done in schools with the families of the students themselves. He stressed that, for students, schools must be an extension of their home. Father Gustilo stressed on the importance of healing relationships, because at the deepest core of life is relationship itself. He pointed out that this is evidenced by the undeniable connectivity that exists be it in the macro-system of the universe, as well as in the micro-system of every human person.

Oliva stressed on the Live-Pure Movement's basic principles culled from St John Paul II's Theology of the Body. The principal tenets of this 129-Wednesday catechism lie on the Original Experiences of humanity as exposed by the Book of Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, she said. She further explained that Original Solitude, Original Unity and Original Nakedness are the stem of humanity's true worth, true freedom and total happiness.
She said, man and woman are the image and likeness of Love. This makes Love, the most distinctive capacity of every human person. To push forward Don Bosco's educational principle that youth do not just need to be loved, but must feel they are loved, Oliva led the participants to know their particular love-language and in what manner they can give and receive love leading to an experience of felt-love.