Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BIS # 1083 FR. MARIA AROKIAM VISITS MAZZARELLO YOUTH WELFARE CENTRE

Teresa Plathara fma
MUMBAI, AUGUST 26, 2008: It was a rare privilege and indeed a great honour for us, at Mazzarello Youth Welfare Centre, Wadala, on Sunday August 24, 2008, to have in our midst Fr. Maria Arokiam, Salesian Regional Councillor for South Asia, on his maiden visit to the Mumbai Province. He was accompanied by Fr. Michael Fernandes, Salesian Provincial of the Mumbai Province. At the threshold of our home, the children of Anmol welcomed him with the traditional arathi, a melodious song and a garland of flowers. They then offered him gifts made with their own hands, which were much appreciated by him. Meeting the Sisters of the two communities on the campus, Fr. Maria Arokiam shared with us some news and experiences of the Salesian General Chapter 26 and of the recent meeting of the SDB-FMA General Councils at Castel Gandolfo in Italy. Fr. Maria Arokiam was highly appreciative of the various activities carried out by the Sisters in both Communities and in the two Salesian parishes. He stated that while a lot of good is done by the Salesians and Salesian Sisters all over India, we need to give greater visibility and publicity to these works and thereby enter “public space” so as to impact policy decisions especially at government level. Before leaving, Fr. Maria Arokiam and Fr. Micahel Fernandes visited our elderly Sisters and blessed Sr. Maude, Sr. Frances and Sr. Nina individually. “Thank you Fr. Maria Arokiam!” we say in one accord: “May you truly be a blessing wherever you go!”

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