by BIS Correspondent

MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2019: Father Ajoy Fernandes and Father Chrys Saldanha, both accomplished Salesian authors unveiled their latest publications at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on June 10, published by Tej Prasarini Don Bosco Communications.

The Provincial of the Mumbai province Father Godfrey D’Souza, was present to unveil the books, entitled ‘Understanding and Helping Children with Learning Disabilities’ by Father Fernandes and ‘Living Consecrated Life Fully’ by Father Saldanha.  

“Children with learning difficulties are said to have an invisible challenge,” Father Fernandes stressed in his book. “They can be misunderstood, labelled as being ‘laid- back’ and difficult, and may develop emotional problems.”

Father Fernandes' book acquaints the reader with the challenges children with learning difficulties face. It further suggests ways in which these youth can be helped. It explores the symptoms of learning-related difficulties and touches upon the interventions that might help youth facing such problems. The book is a valuable guide for parents and teachers to understand and help those with learning difficulties.  

Father Saldanha, in his book, presents a glimpse of what it means to live a Consecrated Life today. He touches upon the commitment to respond to ‘the call’ and the consequent living out of this call through the vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience through community life. The objective of the book is to deepen and fructify the call to live Consecrated Life more fully.  

The unveiling ceremony began with Faith and Harmony, a Salesian choir adding a musical touch to the event with their rendition of ‘God still loves the world’ a hymn written by Father Peter Gonsalves sdb. Following the performance, Father Saldanha’s book was presented to the gathering. The author himself addressed the gathering before the book was unveiled and presented to the dignitaries.

Father Fernandes’ book was then launched by the Provincial, following which the author himself touched upon the salient aspects of his publication. The authors then took questions from the audience. 

The day marked a closing chapter of sorts for Tej-Prasarini, the publishing office of the Mumbai province, with Father Joaquim Fernandes, its Director for the last 14 years, passing the baton to his successor Father Chris Valentino, who takes over as Director, and Father Mylin Noronha, the new Assistant Director.

The Provincial then thanked Father Joaquim Fernandes for his service rendered to the institution and for being the Social Communication Delegate and enabling the communication sector to reach higher heights and to be witnesses to the Light. He also thanked him for the service rendered to BOSCOM, South Asia and for being the Delegate for the South Asian Region for the past six years. 
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