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THE THIRD DAY OF THE PC 2019
By FATHER MICHAEL MAKRI SDB
Shillong, May. 9. Shillong: The third day of the Chapter begun with Lauds at 6.30am and was animated by Fr. Glorious Syiemlieh. The Eucharist was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Victor Lyngdoh, the bishop of the Diocese of Jowai. He began his homily by appreciating the contributions made by the Salesians to North East India. He appreciated the great tradition that the Salesians have in walking with young people as well as of upholding their dignity. Though the youth scenario of North East India is characterized by certain negative elements such as insurgency, militancy, clannism, Tribalism, factionalism and denominational rivalry and discrimination, the youth of today are looking for someone who understands and spends time with them. The Salesian needs to concentrate on the social, emotional and psychological growth of the young people. Quoting Pope Francis' message to the Salesians, the bishop said, ''To proclaim to all the mercy of Jesus, making an oratory of every place, especially the most inaccessible; bearing in mind the heart of the 'oratorian' style of Don Bosco to share the mission of taking the Gospel to the peripheries.'' The Salesian of today is called to be a revolutionary after the example of Don Bosco, to cater to the poor and the abandoned young people. As explained by Pope Francis, the Salesian must know ''how to look around, to see critical situations and problems, to confront them, to analyzes them and make courageous decisions''.
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At 8.45am the moderator of the chapter, Fr. John Zosiama, welcomed all the members to the assembly. He expressed his gratitude to Bp. Victor Lyngdoh DD for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the message. He thanked Fr. Glorious Syiemlieh for animating the Lauds. Fr. Mathew Payappilly led the assembly into a prayer. The roll call was taken by Fr. George Shining. Rev. Fr. Daniel Dabitlang M Cajee read the minutes.
The final drafts of the first two groups were presented to the assembly for voting. After the presentation there ensued a long discussion on the language and content of the themes. The drafting committee was asked to reformulate certain sentences of the presentation of the first group.
The 10th Session began at10.35am. since voting has not been done in the previous session Fr. John Zosiama continue to moderate the session. He pointed out to the members on certain modification that was done on the document. He then invited the chapter members to vote on the Theme I by Groups 1 and 2.
Then Fr. John Zosiama invited Fr. Edmund Gomes to be the moderator of the 10th Session. The latter greeted everyone and instructed them about the proceedings of the session. In this session the final draft on the Theme II by Groups 3 and 4 was presented for voting. After study and deliberation the floor voted.
The final draft of Theme III by Group 5 was presented, studied and voted. At 11.53am the chapter began the 11th Session and it was moderated by Fr. John Zosiama. In this session the various topics related to the Juridical elements discussed by the various groups were presented, studies and put to vote.
At 02.30pm the chapter members reassembled to discuss about the concerns of the Province. Br. Regy moderated the session. Fr. Nelson came forward to present the report of Group 5 on account and transparency.

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