Monday, September 21, 2009


Leon Cruz Ratinam sdb
The community of Divyadaan, Nashik was privileged to host the ‘On-Going Formation Programme’ for the Salesian Brothers of the Provinces of Mumbai and Konkan from September 15-19, 2009.
The course enabled the Salesian Brothers to get an insight into ‘The Prophets of the Old testament’, ‘The Gospel of St. Matthew’ and ‘Salesian Spirituality’. The Salesian Brothers were aided in their reflection efficient and vibrant speakers in the persons of Fr. Valerian Pereira, Fr. Godfrey D’souza and Fr. Ivo Coelho. The sessions were well prepared and planned. The explanations were simple and thought–provoking. The Power-Point Presentations added flavor to the sessions.
Fr. Valerian in his dealing with the fiery ‘Prophets’ of the Old Testament noted how each prophet acting as Yahweh’s Messenger called Israel to repentance as well as offered them hope of a peaceful era under a Messiah who would lead His people as a Shepherd.
Fr. Godfrey’s presentation on the ‘Gospel of St. Matthew’ was lucid and he gave a detailed explanation inspite of the limited time for the topic.
Fr. Ivo focused on the role of the ‘Salesian Brother’ and his ‘Vocation’ in the Congregation. He stressed on the prayer life of Don Bosco and invited the Salesian Brothers to strengthen their prayer life taking the example our Father and Founder.
The Salesian Brothers interacted with the community of Divyadaan and STI by making time to share their vocation stories, concerns and projects through Conferences and Good-nights besides being present for moments of Community Prayer. These shared moments enriched all to understand the ‘Salesian Brother Vocation’
At the end of it all, the Salesian Brothers felt enriched and renewed. Let us pray that they may continue living fully in their lives the Charism of our Founder. Let us also make every effort to promote the vocation of the Salesian Brother in our Provinces.

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