Week 01 at General Chapter 28: Welcome, Reports, Study, Reflection, Discernment

Mumbai, 2020 Feb 22 Father Stefano Vanoli, Moderator General Chapter 28 in his pre-Chapter 'good night' on 15 February 2020 at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians said, ''We are in Valdocco, we are from Valdocco'' not as a mere statement, but also as a greeting of welcome for the Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and lay faithful arriving in Turin-Valdocco as participants, reminding them that it is a return to Valdocco after 62 years. The General Chapter 28, with its significantly 'biblical 07' week-duration, with the 242 Capitulars, representing the 7 Regions, comprising of 66 nationalities engaged in active youth ministry in over 130 countries, is intensely seeking answers to the question ''What type/kind of Salesians for the young people of today?'' till it concludes on 04 April. GC 28 is expected to be a General Chapter that will provide renewed strength of purpose to the vocation and charismatic identity of Don Bosco's disciples.  Read More »
Chris Valentino

General Chapter 28 Begins at Valdocco-Turin
Mumbai, 2020 Feb 16 The XXVIII General Chapter (GC28) of the Society of St. Francis deSales on ''What kind/type of Salesians for the young people of today?'' has begun today Sunday 16 February, with the inaugural Eucharist at 18:30 (UTC +1) in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians-Turin, broadcast live on the ANS Facebook page and on the website sdb.org, and will end on Saturday 04 April, with over 240 Capitulars, at the Salesians of Don Bosco Mother House in Turin-Valdocco.  Read More »
Chris Valentino

PARA Andhra Pradesh organises Salesian Social Forum (SSF) Meet
Hyderabad, 2020 Feb 12 14 Salesians consisting of 07 from INM, 05 from INH and 02 from INK participated in a 03-day SSF (Salesian Social Forum)Meet organised by PARA (People's Action for Rural Awakening), at Ravulapalem, in verdant Konaseema of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh.  Read More »
YERRAMANENI Baly

Prafulta DARE - 1st Time in India
Mumbai, 2020 Feb 10 MumbaiSalesians' Prafulta co-partnered with DARE (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience), a groundbreaking somatic attachment training created by Diane Poole Heller and facilitated by Patricia Meadows MS, RN, RCST, SEP - somatic experiencing practitioner and a holistic trauma therapist with over 40 years' experience facilitating healing and transformation. Modules 01 and 02 of the 04-module training for psychotherapists, trauma therapists and somatic therapists was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga-Mumbai from 28 January to 02 February 2020. Introduced in India for the 1st time by Prafulta, there were 23 participants, including 06 Assistants with Patricia Meadows, who hails from West Virginia-USA, and has trained and assisted extensively with Diane Poole Heller, the creator of DARe, before becoming a DARe faculty member.  Read More »
Chris Valentino

SIGA Chennai Aiming for WorldSkills 2021
Chennai, 2020 Feb 02 The Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts [SIGA] Chennai, hosted and participated in the District-cum-State Level competitions of the India Skills 2020, on 27 January 2020, as a lead up to the WorldSkills 2021. Out of 44 Print Media Technology participants from various districts in Tamil Nadu, Elakiya Sree and Ponmareeswarn qualified for the next level competitions. SIGA HoD Fredrick, and Lecturer Peter Nirmalraj, were part of the jury.  Read More »
PORUTHUR Joseph

DBCIC Mawlai Exhibits Sonia Gandhi Donated Artefacts
Shillong, 2020 Jan 30 The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures known as Don Bosco Museum at Mawlai is exhibiting artefacts donated to DBCIC by Sonia Gandhi. Charles Pyngrope MLA inaugurated the exhibition on 28 January 2020.  Read More »
Michael Makri

Sambalpur Bishop ordains Salesian Deacon in Rourkela
Kolkata, 2020 Jan 30 Deacon Clement Lakra was ordained priest by Bishop Niranjan Sual Singh of Sambalpur on 19 January 2020 at Jalda near Rourkela in Odisha. 11 Salesians from the Salesian province of Kolkata and 06 from New Delhi were among the thousands of faithful who witnessed the sacerdotal ordination of Deacon Lakra, and a Capuchin deacon. Father Sunil Lakra was the Provincial's delegate to present Deacon Lakra.  Read More »
Nirmol Toppo

Kolkata Salesians get 15th Santhal Priest
Kolkata, 2020 Jan 29 Purnea, 29 January 2020 -- Bishop Angelus Kujur of Purnea ordained deacon Manoj Mario Hansda as priest at St Peter's Cathedral Purnea-Bihar on 18 January 2020. Over 75 priests concelebrated alongwith Vicar General of Purnea Father Francis Tirkey, Kolkata Salesian Provincial Father Nirmol Gomes and ViceProvincial Father Joseph Pauria.  Read More »
Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM

Prafulta Convocation Ceremony for ABE Teachers held in Mumbai
Mumbai, 2020 Jan 19 The Convocation Ceremony for 42 Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE-Archdiocese of Bombay) Teachers, trained in 'Basic Skills in Counselling' conducted from June-November 2019, by Mumbai Salesians' Prafulta-Centre for Psychogical Wellness, was held on 19 January 2020, at St. Andrew's College Bandra. Prafulta has been conducting this course for the past 14 years.  Read More »
Joaquim Fernandes

Five Salesian Priests Ordained in Shillong
Shillong, 2020 Jan 18 Fathers Albestar Kharkongor, Anthony Mallai, Donborlang Kurbah, Kennedy Kharkongor and Ritonbor Kharkongor Salesian priest together with six other young men which included one Salesian for Guwahati Province, one Capuchin priest, two Claretians priests and two Diocesans priests were ordained today at the premises of the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Laitumkhrah by Bishop Victor Lyngdoh - the Bishop of Jowai Diocese.  Read More »
Michael Makri


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