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Rector Major visits Don Bosco Missionary Aspirantate in Chennai
By Father Dominic Matthews SDB
Mumbai, Sep. 7. The Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime visited the Don Bosco Missionary Aspirantate at Perambur in Chennai and interacted with the young aspirants on 7th September, 2019. The young aspirants felicitated the Rector Major with words of welcome and music rendition.    
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The mission of Don Bosco at Perambur started in 1963 giving education for the poor children and families. It has grown from strength to strength and at present we are catering to 1973 students out of which 90% are from poor background. In June 2012 the Chennai Province ventured into the Missionary Aspirantate at Perambur. This house is unique in the Province of Chennai for it inculcates the missionary spirit of Don Bosco and spread the light.  

At present there are the 20 aspirants with 8 Salesians in the Don Bosco Perambur Aspirantate community.  Rector Major was enthused to see all the 41 young members (21 from Don Bosco Pannur) together, vibrant and bubbling with talents. The Aspirants welcomed the Rector Major with the rendition of a band piece .

The community of Lourdes Shrine with its Rector Father Dev Joe SDB and the Rector of Pannur Father Jeffrey Gladstone SDB were there to welcome the Rector Major and his Secretary, together with the Regional and the INM core Council members. He was given an official welcome and a detailed description about the mission of Perambur Aspirantate by the Rector of the community Father Tharsius Arokiasamy SDB.

''Music in the Salesian house is like a soul to the body''. Emphasising this point of Don Bosco to the aspirants, the Rector Major himself played the guitar and sung a famous song in Spanish and made the entire community to participate. Addressing the gathering, he stressed the work and contribution of missionaries to our INM Province in particular. He also gave relevant statistics about Salesian missionaries around the world and he pointed that there are 9,500 Salesians as missionaries! He asked us to seek the grace of the Lord in accruing great honesty in facing our Salesian religious life, for fulfilling His will is the most beautiful thing that a Salesian could do. The Rector Major gave his word to keep the aspirants in his fervent prayers.

The program concluded with the band playing a hymn to Don Bosco.

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